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HOW THE NFL AGENTS STACK UP: A SPECIAL REPORT
Published April 19, 1995
The CHICAGO SUN-TIMES began a three-part profile of NFL agents in a special report titled, "The NFL's Real Players." The SUN-TIMES lists the Top 12 football agents: 1) LEIGH STEINBERG, TOM CONDON (tie); 3) MARVIN DEMOFF; 4) RALPH CINDRICH; 5) JIM STEINER; 6) DREW ROSENHAUS; 7) EUGENE PARKER; 8) FRANK BAUER; 9) LAMONT SMITH; 10) TONY AGNONE; 11) JIMMY SEXTON; and 12) BRAD BLANK (Dan Pompei, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/16). In Part II, "Black Agents On Rise," EUGENE PARKER addresses the challenges facing African-American agents (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/17). In Part III, "The Best in the Business," Pompei profiles Steinberg. Steinberg: "Sports is entertainment. The reason pro sports are popular is the public is exposed to them through newspapers and television. I tell my clients if they don't want to talk with the press and they disdain writers, they ought to play in a sandlot" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/18). MORE AGENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT: BET's "Sports Report" featured BILL STRICKLAND, President of IMG Basketball, and LEN ELMORE, Founder/Pres. Precept Sports & Entertainment. Strickland, on criticism that he doesn't further the interests of African- American agents by working for IMG: "The opportunity presented itself to do what I wanted to do with a great deal of autonomy with a support of a number one company in the industry. Where I draw the line is how well do I do by my clients and I don't care who is supporting me in terms of resources." Elmore: "We see ourselves, particularly with African American athletes, as mentors who can provide counsel not only in the professional life, but in their life outside of professional sports" (BET, 4/15).