Best Talent Representation of the Year
Scott Boras secured the largest free-agent contract in MLB history, orchestrating a 13-year, $330 million deal for Bryce Harper with the Philadelphia Phillies. Boras spent the offseason cultivating intrigue for Harper, controlling his client’s narrative and not tipping his hand until it came time to sign.
Negotiating contract extensions for high-profile NFL players Drew Brees and Aaron Donald and big-name TV personalities Max Kellerman and Mina Kimes kept CAA in the spotlight in 2019. The agency also broke its own record by repping 11 of the 32 first-round picks in the NFL draft, including six of the top nine picks.
Endeavor signed high-profile talent such as Kevin Durant and Stephen A. Smith and saw client Naomi Osaka win the U.S. Open. New partnerships and deals including LeBron James’ various media creations and Colin Kaepernick’s ad campaign with Nike made for a triumphant year.
Excel Sports Management
Excel added clients Bill Belichick, Andrew Benintendi and Sam Darnold, while also representing two of the top 10 picks in the NBA draft. But the agency’s biggest impact came from the work it did with Tiger Woods, leveraging several big deals in the golfer’s long-awaited return to greatness.
Clients Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm became the first all-female booth to call NFL games, while the agency organized marketing, sponsorship and media deals for some of the most recognizable names in sports, including NBA stars Stephen Curry, Chris Paul and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Cultivating the best talent from day one, Wasserman prides itself on the young athletes it represents, including WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart, NBA and fashion star Russell Westbrook and NHL standout Connor McDavid, while adding swimmers Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel to its roster.