SBJ/July 7 - 13, 2003/Labor Agents

Boston’s Woolf Associates closes doors after 30 years

Woolf Associates, the Boston-based sports management and marketing agency started more than 30 years ago by sports agent pioneer Bob Woolf, has closed its doors.

Ed Eskandarian, who in 1996 bought Woolf Associates from Woolf's family after his death, could not immediately be reached for comment. Eskandarian told the Boston Globe that last week's filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection by Top-Flite Golf Co., the agency's largest client, was a reason for Woolf's shutting down.

Bob Woolf died in 1993.

Woolf Associates' client list included stars of various sports, including Carl Yastrzemski, Larry Bird and Doug Flutie. In recent years, however, the company has become more of a sports marketing and corporate consulting firm than an athlete representation agency.

Woolf Associates sold its baseball practice to Octagon in 2000. NHL legend Bobby Orr, bought back the hockey practice, called The Orr Hockey Group, last year.

— Liz Mullen

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