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The world’s most famous sports agent, Leigh Steinberg pioneered the sports management industry.

With an unrivaled history of record-setting contracts, Leigh has secured billions of dollars for his clients, and directed more than $600 million to various charities around the world.

He has represented many of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, golf, etc., including the number one pick in the NFL draft for an unprecedented eight times in conjunction with over 60 first round picks.

A sports business guru, author, and sought after speaker, Leigh has lectured on the business of sports entertainment around the world; he is routinely interviewed on national television and frequently quoted by major news organizations around the country.

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Johnny Manziel and the Middle Finger Heard Around the NFL

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 3:41 PM

In Monday night's nationally telecast preseason game between the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins, rookie QB Johnny Manziel flipped his middle finger towards the Redskins player bench. The telecast had the second highest overnight rating ever for an ESPN preseason game and the gesture ran repeatedly on local news...

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Beginning of the End for the NCAA

(0) Comments | Posted August 10, 2014 | 8:16 PM

That cracking sound you hear is the destruction of the NCAA's control over collegiate athletics as we have known it. The centralized power of this body to dictate rules and standards to universities is being eroded rapidly. On Friday, U.S. District Judge, Claudia Wilken, dealt a major blow to the...

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Athletes Should Lead Fight Against Domestic Violence

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2014 | 7:14 PM

Baltimore Ravens running back, Ray Rice, held a press conference Thursday morning in which he made an apology for brutalizing his wife earlier this year. The two-game suspension that he received for the incident from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been criticized all week for its leniency. Compared to the...

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Mike Trout Leads Angels' Resurgence

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 9:58 PM

Don't look now, but baseball's hottest team is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who entered the All-Star break with a 57-37 record, 1 1/2 games behind the first place Oakland Athletics in the American League West.

Can the Angels catch the A's and win the West? Can they go...

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LeBron James Transcends Superstar Athletic Profile

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 1:08 PM

The decision of LeBron James to return to Cleveland to finish his NBA career and his eloquent rationale for the choice will elevate him to the pantheon of American heroes. This act strikes a dramatic blow to the "money is everything" mentality that has permeated sports. James writes that he...

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Is Johnny Manziel Tempting Fate?

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 10:27 PM

Since the news broke over the weekend that Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback, Johnny Manziel, was allegedly photographed in a Las Vegas bathroom tightly rolling a $20 bill, I have been deluged with questions as to the best way to advise a client in this situation. Last week, Manziel...

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With Free Agency Underway - What Is the Lakers Plan?

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 6:07 PM

They have defined NBA greatness for the past 50 years. They have won 16 NBA Championships and can claim 26 members in the NBA Hall of Fame. They have had an uncanny ability to reload their roster quickly when their dynastic players move on. Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Wilt...

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Urgent Need to Protect HS Football Players From Brain Injury

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:02 PM

After holding six conferences with Hall of Fame Quarterback Warren Moon on athletic concussions from 1995 to 2008 I have called athletic concussions a ticking time bomb and undiagnosed health epidemic. I had a crisis of conscience in representing hundreds of NFL players who repeatedly were hit in the head...

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Will the World Cup Boost US Soccer Popularity?

(12) Comments | Posted June 21, 2014 | 5:55 PM

It is the worlds' sport passion. It is the first team sport that most American kids play. Every Saturday morning in the fall, it is possible to drive coast to coast and see fields and fields that are crowded with youthful players and families rooting them on. Why has the...

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Furor Mounts Over Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's Alleged Racist Rant

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 9:21 AM

TMZ Sports is reporting that Los Angeles Clippers Owner Donald Sterling made a series of shockingly racist remarks in a recorded conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.  How that network could obtain the audio of a private conversation between two individuals is unclear, but if it is real and accurate, an...

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Manziel, Hundley, Bridgewater -- Should They Enter 2014 NFL Draft?

(2) Comments | Posted January 4, 2014 | 1:56 AM

To leave or not to leave? That is the question facing a number of collegiate players who have a few weeks now to determine whether to return for another season or declare for the NFL Draft.

Any player whose high school class graduated three years ago is eligible -- that...

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Stop Endless Replays in Sports!

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 9:46 PM

As the NFL gets ready for playoffs and college football plays its Bowl games, the negative impact that instant replay has on the game is clear. This process was introduced to try and end controversies over game-influencing calls. It has followed the law of unintended consequences -- a good idea...

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Kobe's Injury: 3 Ugly Years for the Lakers?

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2013 | 7:30 PM

There's an old maxim when tragedy strikes that goes "if it wasn't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all." That accurately characterizes the Los Angeles Lakers' situation after this week's injury to Kobe Bryant in the third quarter of Tuesday's game against Memphis. He played the last quarter,...

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No Rush to Judgement in Dolphingate

(3) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 7:51 PM

I have never seen a more dramatic disconnect in perception than in the Miami Dolphins current situation. The public has rushed to judgment and concluded that pro footballers are vulgar, insensitive bullies. This is based on viewing leaked private communications between two teammates. Most NFL players feel that the sanctity...

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Is Big Spending Ticket to World Series?

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 4:23 PM

As the World Series opens tonight in Boston focus will return to the debate over whether big spending is the key to victory in baseball. The Series pits the Boston Red Sox-with the 4th highest payroll-against the St. Louis Cardinals who are 11th in spending. The popular wisdom in baseball...

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An Ugly Truth -- Football Can Cause Brain Damage

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2013 | 2:38 PM

I love the game of football. It is America's passion for a reason. Athletes learn invaluable life lessons from their participation in football at whatever level they participate. The ability to stay self-disciplined, put hard work ahead of immediate gratification, master a complex playbook, work within a team concept and...

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Instant Replay Is Boring, Not Instant

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2013 | 5:15 PM

Instant replay in collegiate and NFL football has outlived its shelf life. Originally proposed as a more accurate way of providing certainty on close calls, it has followed the pattern of many well-meaning advances and produced unintended negative consequences. Watching football last weekend illustrated how the replay system has taken...

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Lane Kiffin Self-Destructed at USC

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:11 PM

Old Trojans don't die, they just move to Newport Beach. Wealthy alums here venerate a winning USC football tradition. Houses hang USC banners and flags, Cardinal and gold colors are everywhere. I am grudgingly tolerated as a Cal-Berkeley alum. A whole lifestyle revolves around SC football in Southern California.


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Young NFL Quarterbacks Defying History

(3) Comments | Posted September 15, 2013 | 6:50 PM

There has been a massive influx of young starting quarterbacks into the NFL over the past three seasons. The 2011 Draft produced six starters, 2012 produced five (with Nick Foles almost making it six) and 2013 has produced two. This means that 13 positions have turned over in three years...

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Baseball Replay Is a Really Bad Idea

(14) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 3:45 PM

So Major League Baseball has devised a plan, to start next season, to allow managers to challenge three plays per game. They have exempted balls and strikes and hit batters as calls that can be challenged, but they claim that 89 percent of other plays will be included. They claim...

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