SBJ/November 12-18, 2012/Labor and Agents

Excel hires Biagas as general counsel

Hal Biagas has agreed to join Excel Sports Management as its general counsel, the latest hire by the sports talent representation firm owned by agents Jeff Schwartz, Casey Close and Mark Steinberg.

Biagas most recently was Wasserman Media Group’s executive vice president of operations, a position he held for three years. Prior to that, he served as deputy counsel for the National Basketball Players Association, where he worked for 13 years.

Biagas and Excel and Wasserman officials declined to comment or did not return inquiries for this story.

Unlike some of the recent cases of executives moving from one sports agency to another, sources said Biagas leaving Wasserman for Excel was “amicable.” In his position at Wasserman, Biagas had a supervisory role and did not represent athletes, nor is he taking clients with him to Excel.

Excel was founded in 2002 by Schwartz, an NBA agent, but expanded into baseball and golf last year with the addition of Close, a top MLB agent, and Steinberg, agent to Tiger Woods.

In recent months, Excel has been on a hiring spree, bringing on three MLB agents — Jim Murray, J.D. Smart and Matt Laird — from Hendricks Sports Management as well as MLB agent David O’Hagan from CAA Sports.

 
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