SBD/Issue 231/Sports Industrialists

CAA's Tom Condon Named Most Influential Sports Agent

Condon Tops List Of Most
Influential Sports Agent
CAA Sports' July '06 acquisition of SFX, the subsequent merging of the two practices, and the success CAA agents TOM CONDON and BEN DOGRA have achieved since then, "has created the most dominant athlete representation practice in the NFL and arguably the greatest array of sports talent in any one field at any one agency," according to SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Liz Mullen, who ranks Condon No. 1 and Dogra No. 6 on the list of "The 20 Most Influential Sports Agents." Condon and Dogra together represent 130 active players, "thought to be the most of any NFL agency." But it is the "quality of the players they represent that appears to be unprecedented." The player list includes: "four of the last five overall No. 1 picks in the NFL draft; four of the last five league MVPs; the last two Super Bowl MVPs; seventeen players selected for this year's Pro Bowl; and one-quarter of the starting [QBs] in the NFL." Former Cowboys VP/Player Personnel GIL BRANDT: "There has never been anything like it ... for quality and depth." Former Reebok, adidas and Nike exec SONNY VACCARO said CAA Football's numbers are "staggering." Mullen notes some "point to the fact that CAA does not represent some of its most marketable football stars for marketing," including Colts QB PEYTON MANNING, Giants QB ELI MANNING, Chargers RB LADAINIAN TOMLINSON (repped by IMG) and Vikings RB ADRIAN PETERSON (repped by 10 Sports' BILL HENKEL). But CAA "has, in the last two years, negotiated major endorsements for clients, including Powerade, Nike and EA Sports deals for [Chargers LB] SHAWNE MERRIMAN; Nike, Gillette and Subway deals for [Browns QB] BRADY QUINN; and a slew of deals for [Cowboys QB] TONY ROMO." CAA also "is completing a deal with Starter that could pay Romo as much as $10[M]." The chart below lists the top 20 most influential sports agents (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/18 issue). To view a list of agents sports execs said they most like dealing with, see today's Back of the Book.

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AGENT
POSITION
1
Tom Condon
CAA Sports Co-Head, Football
2
Arn Tellem
WMG Management President
3
Scott Boras Scott Boras Corp. President
4
Drew Rosenhaus Rosenhaus Sports President
5
Phil de Picciotto Octagon President, Athletes & Personalities
6
Ben Dogra CAA Sports Co-Head, Football
7
Mark Steinberg IMG Golf Global Managing Dir
8
Mark Bartelstein Priority Sports & Entertainment CEO
9
Peter Carlisle Octagon Managing Dir, Olympics & Action Sports
10
Sandy Montag IMG Senior Corporate VP
11
Seth Levinson ACES Inc. President
12
Pat Brisson CAA Sports Co-Head, Hockey
13
Donnie Meehan Newport Sports Management President & Founder
14
Joel Segal BEST Football President
15
Casey Close CAA Sports Head Of Baseball
16
Bill Duffy BDA Sports President
17
Jill Smoller The William Morris Agency Sports Head
18
Eugene Parker Maximum Sports Management President
19
Danny Lozano Beverly Hills Sports Council Partner
20
Maverick Carter LRMR Innovative Marketing & Branding CEO
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