SFX-UAL HEALING: IS SILLERMAN ONE OF NBA'S THREE VIP'S?
Published May 21, 1998
SFX Chair ROBERT SILLERMAN, whose company recently purchased FAME, is now one of the "three most important suits in the NBA," along with Commissioner DAVID STERN and DAVID FALK, according to Shaun Assael of ESPN MAGAZINE. Sillerman helped found The Marquee Group in '95, and his "likely next step" will be to combine FAME with Marquee "to create a sports mega-agency." With the consolidation of the sports agency business, Assael writes that Sillerman may be "a sports version of Michael Ovitz." However, an SFX exec said Sillerman "doesn't have the ego needs of an Ovitz. He'll be as aggressive, but not as high-visibility." Assael writes "that's good news for Falk" as he heads into offseason contract talks and may rep not only his own client list, but "potentially" Marquee's "as well." Assael: "Sillerman's role at the NBA power table? Nobody's sure. But remember that during the peak of Ovitz's power, he was setting the salaries of virtually every performer in the entertainment business -- a scary thought if you're David Stern" (ESPN MAGAZINE, 6/1).