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Top 10 Sport Agents from DEADSPIN.com
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10. Dan Fegan
Yale lawyer Dan Fegan has locked down some of the basketball's hottest young talent, including John Wall and Ricky Rubio. His first client was Chris Dudley, a friend from Yale. He works out of Los Angeles and is said to maintain a complex information network from his mobile phone, preferring to travel without a laptop, according to True Hoop. Fegan says he and his staff all play chess.
9. Leon Rose
Longtime NBA agent Rose jumped onto the list this year with a mega contract for James. He may move higher soon as contracts expire for two superstars he recently picked up, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Rose graduated from Dickinson College, where he played on the basketball team, and earned his law degree at Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Rose took a job at celebrity agency CAA in January.
8. Casey Close
Casey Close is best known as Derek Jeter's agent. Close was drafted by the New York Yankees in the seventh round of the 1986 MLB Draft. He played minor league baseball for the Oneonta Yankees (1986). After five years in professional baseball, Close had become well-acquainted with the business side of the game. He began working with a small sports marketing firm in Ohio, where his penchant for an honest day's work was met with a few lucky breaks and some good fortune. By 1993, Close was working as an agent at the powerful IMG firm when Jeter - then a rookie with the Yankees' single-A affiliate in Greensboro, N.C. - decided to change agents. At the time, Close saw a shortstop with star potential who had, like himself, been raised with Midwestern values. The two connected immediately, beginning a relationship that has seen both the player's and agent's stock skyrocket. He negotiated a 10-year, $189 million contract for Jeter that expired in 2010.
7. Dan Lozano
Lozano never passed the bar, never went to law school, didn't even earn an undergraduate degree. As for his boast of playing baseball for the Trojans? Longtime USC coach Mike Gillespie has no recollection of Lozano, and his name appears nowhere in a list of all-time letterwinners. Lozano struck gold 1993 when an early client, Mike Piazza, was named Rookie of the Year. Things got even better in 1998 when he engineered a record-high MLB contract for Piazza.
The MLB agent started his own firm over the summer, leaving Beverly Hills Sports after 22 years.
6. Bill Duffy
Bill graduated from Santa Clara University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Humanities. He entered the NBA in 1982 and had a short career with the Denver Nuggets. Since then he has had a long career as a top agent. With his company, BDA Sports Management, Duffy represents over 35 NBA players, including a superstar from his old team. In 1985 Duffy's boyhood friend, San Francisco 49ers legend Ronnie Lott, helped him sign his first client, Cleveland Browns receiver Webster Slaughter.
5. Rob Pelinka
The 1993 NCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year is a natural fit for sports agency. Rob Pelinka played in two Final Fours while at the University of Michigan and then went to get his law degree and business degree at U-M. By the time he graduated, Pelinka was friends with several NBA players, like former teammate Chris Webber. He also got a break meeting top agent and U-M graduate Arn Tellem, according to the Ann Arbor News. Today, Pelinka is one of the top NBA agents, best known for representing the highest-paid NBA player, Kobe Bryant.
4. Arn Tellem
Tellem is the only agent on this list to be a leader in multiple sports. Nonetheless he strives to maintain a low profile. Tellem is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. Tellem is certified as an agent by the MLB and the NBA, and is a member of the American Bar Association. In 1997, the five-year, $55 million deal Tellem made with the White Sox for Albert Belle changed the salary structure in baseball.He was an adjunct professor of law at the University of Southern California School of Law, and is on the board of directors of Peace Players International and Seeds of Peace, organizations that bring together kids from conflict regions around the world to promote tolerance and understanding among the youth in those hot spots.
3. Tom Condon
Tom Condon is an undeniable institution in the NFL. He played for over 10 years on the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots, and then became president of the NFL Players Association. During off-seasons, he earned a law degree from the University of Baltimore and was representing teammates while still in the league.
Condon uses his deep connections in the league to retain top draft picks year after year. Since 2007, he headed the football division at Hollywood agency CAA.
2. Fernando Cuza
Not mentioned on recent agent rankings by The Sports Business Journal and Forbes, Fernando Cuza is a hidden force in the MLB. The Cuban agent has a lockdown on the elite players coming out of Latin America. Cuza did not attend law school. Instead, he benefited from growing up beside several baseball players and in the same neighborhood as the former trainer of Muhammad Ali, according to USA Today. He's negotiated some of the largest deals in NFL history, including the Manning Brothers' contracts, which together total nearly $200 million.
1. Scott Boras
The most-hated man in baseball has a golden touch for sealing cripplingly huge contracts, including three of the decade's top deals — A-Rod, A-Rod, and Teixeira.
Boras knows baseball from a excellent college career at University of the Pacific and four years in the minor leagues. He learned all about contracts while earning a law degree at McGeorge School of Law and working at an associate position in the pharmaceutical defense department of Rooks, Pitt & Poust, a position he quickly abandoned after meeting a promising pitching prospect named Tim Belcher.
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