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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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Manziel's Mauling Shows Why Rookie QBs Need to Be Humble

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:22 PM

The "Johnny Manziel Show" debuted Sunday with more promotion and hoopla than successful veteran quarterbacks generally experience. The Cleveland-Cincinnati game went national -- and Manziel had a horrific afternoon. He was 10 for 18 for all of 80 yards and threw two interceptions, leading his team to no points and...

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The NFL Character Draft in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:16 PM

The next group of prospective NFL Draft prospects and veteran free agents will be the most heavily scrutinized athletes ever. Character and personal issues will take on a foremost role in making draft decisions. The Adrian Hernandez, Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases sent a shivering chill through coaching staffs...

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The Fall of Robert Griffin III -- Is it Fair?

(13) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 1:59 PM

Few players have come into the NFL with so much fanfare and succeeded as quickly as Robert Griffin III. He was featured on national ads like "Subway," his jersey was a red-hot item throughout the country, and he was treated by Washington Redskins fans as the second coming.

His rookie...

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Rice Wins Pyrrhic Appeal Victory

(2) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:42 AM

Former Baltimore Raven running back, Ray Rice, has won immediate reinstatement in a decision by Federal Judge Barbara Jones on his November 6 appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL by Commissioner Roger Goodell -- but as a practical matter it won't mean much. The chances that another NFL...

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Adrian Peterson: Privacy vs. Community Standards

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:45 AM

The dramatic circumstances of the Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson cases raise the issue of which aspects of an athlete's private life should be subject to public awareness and judgment. The lines between public and private have been blurred with the development of social media and cellphone technology. When an...

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Los Angeles Lakers -- Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 9:19 AM

There was great joy last week in Southern California because the Los Angeles Lakers won two straight road games. That made their record... 3-9. When they were 1-9, it was franchise's worst opening season record since they were the Minneapolis Lakers and dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Why are they so...

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Is Giancarlo Stanton's Mega-Contract Rational?

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2014 | 4:59 PM

The Miami Marlins have inked a 13-year, $325 million contract with Giancarlo Stanton, who finished second in MVP voting this week. Stanton had an outstanding season in which he hit .288 with 37 home runs. He is 25 years old. He could be 37 years old when he finishes the...

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Mississippi and Auburn Playoff Selection, Shocking!

(4) Comments | Posted October 31, 2014 | 11:05 PM

The College Football Playoff Selection Committee announced its top four mid-season favorites for the first postseason playoffs for the National Championship today. It indicated that they believe football is only played at a high level in three states. They selected Mississippi State, University of Mississippi, Auburn University, and Florida State...

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How to Be Superstar Sports Agent (Part Two)

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 10:58 AM

So you have dreams about being a superstar sports agent, here are some first steps to take to achieve this goal. It is useful to do an internal inventory as to what your motivations are. Create a priority list and consider 1) Short Term Economic Gain, 2) Long Term Economic...

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How Can Two Tiny States Dominate in College Football?

(18) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 10:30 AM

The population of Alabama is 4.8 million people. The population of Mississippi is just under 3 million. Compare this recruiting base with the almost 40 million people that live in the state of California. If the final four to qualify for this season's playoff championship were selected today, Auburn, Mississippi...

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Chemistry, Small Ball and Situational Hitting Win in Playoffs, Not Big Payrolls

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 6:15 PM

Another striking example of how teams with a strong philosophy, chemistry, situational hitting, and relief pitching win in the playoffs -- not BLOATED payrolls -- came this past week in Major League Baseball. The heavily favored Dodgers, Angels, Nationals, and Tigers were quickly eliminated in favor of the Cardinals, Royals,...

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How to Be a Great Sports Agent: Part One

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 1:00 AM

There is a vast interest in the field of sports agentry at every level of school, as well as with people in other occupations. So far, there has been virtually nothing credible available in terms of specific training and direction. Many undergrad and law schools offer a course in Sports...

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Urgent Action Needed on Concussions

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 9:50 AM

Amidst the unrelenting furor surrounding the NFL and domestic violence the past three weeks, a critically important story concerning football, and all collision sports slipped by virtually unnoticed. A projection was made from NFL documents in the concussion lawsuit as to what the future holds for current players. The prediction...

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Controversy Not Impacting NFL Fans' Passion

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 12:53 PM

On Friday, two more events stoked controversy relating to domestic violence and the handling of the Ray Rice affair by the NFL. Commissioner Roger Goodell held a long-awaited press conference and broke a story that suggested Baltimore Raven influence in attempting to urge leniency on the penalty that Rice...

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Johnny Manziel and the Middle Finger Heard Around the NFL

(1) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 4:41 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 | 9:16 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 | 8:14 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 | 10:58 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 | 2:08 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 | 11:27 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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