On To The Next One: Rory McIlroy (Part II)

Rory McIlroy

Two months ago, Bloomberg and Businessweek named Rory McIlroy the fourteenth most powerful athlete in the world based on his statistics, the popularity and viewing audience of the sport of golf, McIlroy’s endorsement earnings, and his reach on social media (@McIlroyRory currently has over 1.6 million followers on Twitter).  McIlroy was represented by Conor Ridge of Horizon…
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Tiger Woods’ Agent, Mark Steinberg, Talks About Client’s Comeback

Tiger Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, recently spoke about his client's comeback. Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Golf agent Mark Steinberg is known throughout the agent community as being very “laid back,” “behind the scenes,” and “reserved.”  Those are some of the words that I have heard agents used when describing the long-time agent of Tiger Woods, among other popular golfers.  However, even the quiet Steinberg opened up to Sports Agent Blog…
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11 Year LPGA Tour Golfer Emilee Klein Joins Lagardère Unlimited As A Player Manager

Emilee Klein (right)

Former United States Golf Association (USGA) Girls Junior champion and 11-year LPGA Tour golfer Emilee Klein has joined Lagardère Unlimited’s Golf Division as a player manager.  She will work directly with Eddie Smith, who currently represents 9 LPGA golfers, including Wendy Ward, who was on the same golf team as Klein at Arizona State University on NCAA championship teams in 1993-94. Klein…
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2012 Big Ten Conference Player Of The Year Luke Guthrie Signs With 1 Degree Sports

Luke Guthrie

1 Degree Sports Management, a sports management practice based in Nashville, Tennessee has announced the signing of two-time All American golf prospect Luke Guthrie for representation.  Guthrie recently finished his senior season at the University of Illinois, where he won back-to-back Big Ten Individual Championships and was named the 2012 Conference Player of the Year.  He has…
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Golfer Blayne Barber Turns Pro And Signs With IMG Worldwide


2012 Division I PING First-Team All-American and First Team All-SEC golfer Blayne Barber has decided to give up playing for the Auburn Tigers in favor of playing professional golf.  He has signed with IMG Worldwide for worldwide management and marketing representation. “I’ve been weighing this decision for a few months and had the belief and confidence in my…
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Golf Agent Brian Newton Resigns From Agency Lagardère Unlimited


Last week, multiple sources stated that golf agent Brian Newton resigned from agency Lagardère Unlimited.  Newton, an industry veteran, had worked for Gaylord Sports Management prior to Lagardère’s acquisition of the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company.  Newton went to Georgia Tech, where he played golf and earned four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference Academic honors. Prior to his exit from Lagardère, Newton’s clients included Nick Watney,…
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On To The Next One: Jeff Overton

GOLF: PGA Championship-First Round

American professional golfer Jeff Overton is currently ranked 56 on the FedExCup Rankings.  He already has two top 10 finishes in 2012 and has won over $800,000 on the Tour this year.  Recently, he decided to change agencies, going from Lagardère Unlimited to The Legacy Agency.  At The Legacy Agency, Overton will join golfers Matt Every, Jim Furyk, Robert Garrigus, Spencer Levin, Kyle Reifers,…
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UCLA Golfer Patrick Cantlay Hires Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management

Patrick Cantlay

Two days ago, Excel Sports Management announced, via its Twitter account, that it signed top-ranked golfer Patrick Cantlay. Cantlay is leaving his school (UCLA) to compete professionally on the PGA Tour.  He had two years of eligibility remaining, which he will now forfeit.  Cantlay has placed his trust in Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports to assist him in his…
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Tennis Agent Tony Godsick Leaves IMG Worldwide; Could He End Up At Excel Sports?

Roger Federer. Photo Credit: Susan Mulane-US PRESSWIRE

Tony Godsick, a tennis agent at IMG Worldwide for roughly 19 years, is no longer with the company.  IMG Worldwide also lost Roger Federer (who has won a whopping won 16 Grand Slam titles in his career) as a client along with Godsick’s departure.  However, IMG Worldwide still has hope that Federer will return as a client at some…
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Cheyenne Woods (Tiger’s Niece) Signs with Excel Sports Management for Representation

Cheyenne Woods

Yesterday, Cheyenne Woods and agency Excel Sports Management tweeted about their brand new relationship (embedded Tweets, below). Cheyenne’s last name should appear familiar.  Cheyenne’s uncle is Tiger, who is also a client of Mark Steinberg at Excel Sports Management.  Steinberg had represented Tiger Woods as Director of Global Golf Business at IMG Worldwide prior to teaming up with Excel Sports Management…
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