WME Sports Expands Agency Business By Adding Ben Renzin
WME Sports is expanding its new business of representing NFL players on the field, as it has hired NFL agent Ben Renzin as co-Head of its football division. Renzin will lead the football group alongside co-Head Brian Ayrault, another NFL agent who joined WME Sports last month. Renzin most recently worked at CAA Sports, as did Ayrault. Renzin reps many star NFL players, including Seahawks WR D.K. Metcalf, Vikings WR Justin Jefferson, Browns RB Nick Chubb and Patriots RB Sony Michel. It is not clear which players, if any, will follow Renzin to WME Sports. When sports agents leave agencies, it usually takes some time for athlete clients to decide what agent or agency will represent them in the future. Athletes generally sign with the agents with whom they have the closest relationship. At CAA Sports, a team of agents typically represents each player. In the case of Renzin, he co-repped many players with Ayrault and Todd France. France, who was a co-Head of CAA's powerful Football division, left in August and recently joined Athletes First. Renzin, who was certified by the NFLPA in '13, had been working at CAA Sports since '15. Prior to that, he had been working at an agency owned by France, called Five Star Athlete Management, which CAA Sports acquired. During his career, Renzin has represented 12 first-round draft selections. The hiring of two agents who rep NFL players and coaches on the field marks a shift for WME Sports. The agency has previously represented star NFL players, but only for marketing and off-the-field work. WME Sports is owned by sports and entertainment company Endeavor.