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Sports Agents Power BusinessWeek’s 100

Everyone loves lists. That may explain why I got the press release for BusinessWeek’s Power 100 list sent to me three times (I’m not complaining…keep the tips coming!). BusinessWeek just announced their top 100 most influential people in sports, ranging from people with thin ties to sports (Dick Pound – Chairman, World Anti-Doping Agency) to those who you automatically think of when you hear the word “sports” (Tiger Woods).

I will let you read the list of 100 for yourself, but I want to mention the members of the Power 100 that are related to our particular niche of the sports industry:

12. Scott Boras President, Boras Corp.

26. Theodore Forstmann Chairman, CEO, IMG

33. Gene Upshaw Chairman, NFLPA

59. George Pyne President, IMG Sports and Entertainment

72. Mark Steinberg SVP and global managing director of golf, IMG (check out our past interview with Mr. Steinberg )

79. Casey Wasserman Chairman, CEO, Wasserman Media Group

83. Arn Tellem President, WMG Management

90. Tom Condon NFL Agent, CAA


  • IMG is getting a lot of love from BusinessWeek. Fortsmann, Pyne, and Steinberg make the list, showing that IMG still is in the game of sports.
  • Is Scott Boras the most powerful agent in sports? Does he wield even more power than the Chairman of companies like IMG and WMG?
  • 8 people out of 100 that have ties to the sports agent industry.  Not too shabby…

Darren Heitner

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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