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Sports International Group (SIG) Acquires Integrated Sports Management to Form SIG Football

Sports International Group, Inc. (SIG), a Maryland based-sports agency specializing in basketball player representation, has acquired Nashville-based football agency Integrated Sports Management.

SIG has placed many men’s basketball players with teams outside of the United States.  Michael Lelchitski, SIG’s Men’s Basketball Executive Director, represents two players that were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft – Ater Majok of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chukwudiebere Maduabum of the Denver Nuggets.  SIG also represents a number of women’s basketball players,  including Team USA Olympians Candace Parker, Angel McCoughtry and All-Stars Crystal Langhorne and Cappie Pondexter.

As part of the acquisition of Integrated Sports Management, football agent Chad Wiestling will become the head of the newly created SIG Football, and will oversee all football-related operations.  “We are very excited to announce the expansion of our brand into the NFL market, as well as the arrival of Chad Wiestling to head the project,” said SIG President and CEO Boris Lelchitski. “Chad has a great reputation throughout the NFL, as well as extensive experience on both the front office and player representation sides of the business.”

Wiestling brings his current NFL clients, including New England Patriots’ 2012 second round pick Tavon Wilson and New York Jets’ 2011 first round pick Muhammad Wilkerson, to SIG Football.  “Sports Group International, Inc. is a leader in representing basketball players,” offered Wiestling.  “I am extremely excited to be a part of bringing their success and professionalism to the world of professional football.”

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.