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Top NFL Agents And Agencies By Number Of Clients – August 2017

The following guest contribution is provided by Hardik Sanghavi, who graduated from DePaul University in 2016 with a major in finance and minor in accounting. During his time at DePaul, Hardik interned with ESPN Chicago and Priority Sports & Entertainment. He now works as a Commercial Underwriter in the Insurance Industry and writes for You can follow him on twitter at @hardiks94.

As we enter the fourth week of preseason, roster cut-downs are quickly approaching. With approximately 1,200 players being released next week, the number of active agents in the industry will certainly shrink as well. Maybe if you want to grow your client list you should be aware of innovations like a video business card. Hopefully, this hasn’t come too late for these agents. However, one agent who doesn’t have to worry about being clientless next week is Octagon’s new Director of Football, Casey Muir. Muir’s name will certainly be worth keeping any eye on, especially during recruiting season. Making the jump from a boutique firm, where Muir spent 7 years as President, to joining an entity with a powerful brand name and resources of a publicly traded subsidiary, Muir could be competing to sign some of the top prospects entering the 2018 NFL Draft. If Muir can deliver, Octagon could finally move past its struggles over the last few years from agent turnover and the shrinkage of their NFL client list.

In other news, Paramount Sports & Entertainment, a Virginia based agency led by Alvin Keels, had a huge month in new deals as Kam Chancellor and Xavier Rhodes signed a $36M and $70.1M extension respectively. This brings the agency’s Contract Under Management figure to approximately $172M. Below are some other notable deals over the last month:

I’ve also started to track agent movement and player-agent changes. The first two tables below illustrate agents who have recently become active (minimum of 1 client on active roster) and inactive (0 clients on an active roster). The 3rd table below illustrates notable player-agent changes. All 3 tables reflect month over month changes.

Notable Player-Agent Changes

Lastly, to cap off this month’s Agent Client Report, below is an updated snapshot of the Agent Industry:

Industry Snapshot (8.26.17)

  • Players Under Contract with Representation: 2926 (includes players on NFI/PUP)
  • Active Agents: 545 (minimum of 1 active client)
  • Active Agencies: 358

Top Ten Agencies by Contracts Under Management

  • CAA: $2.98B Contracts Under Management; 175 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Todd France: 69 clients (40 co-repped)
      • Tom Condon: 48 clients (22 co-repped)
      • James Sexton: 47 clients (28 co-repped)
  • Athletes First: $1.99B Contracts Under Management; 135 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • David Mulugheta: 26 clients (7 co-repped)
      • Joe Panos: 24 clients (3 co-repped)
      • Andrew Kessler: 22 clients (9 co-repped)
      • David Dunn: 22 clients (5 co-repped)
  • Rosenhaus Sports: $1.18B Contracts Under Management; 112 Clients
    • Top Agent:
      • Drew Rosenhaus: 111 clients (6 co-repped)
  • Lagardere Unlimited: $1.03B Contracts Under Management; 65 Clients
    • Top Agent:
      • Joel Segal: 64 clients (22 co-repped)
  • Sportstars: $984.34M Contracts Under Management; 156 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Brian Mackler: 49 clients (49 co-repped)
      • Jared Fox: 46 clients (38 co-repped)
      • Jonathan Perzley: 42 clients (39 co-repped)
      • David Butz: 37 clients (9 co-repped)
      • Alan Herman: 34 clients (31 co-repped)
      • James Ivler: 30 clients (27 co-repped)
  • Select Sports Group: $606.97M Contracts Under Management; 93 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Jeffrey Nalley: 34 clients (16-co-repped)
      • Erik Burkhardt: 30 clients (10 co-repped)
  • Rep 1 Sports Group: $569.65M Contracts Under Management; 60 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Chase Callahan: 26 clients (2 co-repped)
      • Ryan Tollner: 24 clients (3 co-repped)
  • Independent Sports & Entertainment: $569.63M Contracts Under Management; 54 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Doug Hendrickson: 35 clients (17 co-repped)
      • C.J. Laboy: 22 clients (17 co-repped)
  • SportsTrust Advisors: $521.63M Contracts Under Management; 47 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Patrick Dye: 27 clients (2 co-repped)
      • William Johnson: 20 clients (2 co-repped)
  • Priority Sports & Entertainment: $394.84M Contracts Under Management; 76 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Mike McCartney: 34 Clients
      • Kenny Zuckerman: 17 Clients


Just Missed


  • BC Sports: $355.42M Contracts Under Management; 48 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Bus Cook: 48 clients (42 co-repped)
      • Donald Weatherell: 41 clients (41 co-repped)
  • PlayersRep Sports Management: $267.36M Contracts Under Management; 52 Clients
    • Top Agents:
      • Andy Simms: 32 clients (25-co-repped)
      • Ken Sarnoff: 21 clients (5 co-repped)


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.