Agent Spotlight: Ben Dogra

Ben Dogra is an American sports agent who until July of 2009 headed the Football Division of SFX Football, formally called SMG, with former associate Mark Heligman. Dogra now co-heads CAA Football with fellow agent Tom Condon.

In 2008, Dogra was named the sixth Most Powerful Sports Agent by Sports Business Journal and since 2004 he has more clients drafted in the 1st round than any other NFL agent.

EDUCATION

Since he was six years old, Dogra’s dream was to play in the NFL. However, due to his size and lack of athletic ability needed to be a successful player in the NFL, he decided on another way to work in the NFL and became a sports agent.

Dogra graduated from George Mason University with a B.S in Economics. After graduating from George Mason, Dogra started law school at the St. Louis University School of Law.

INTERNSHIP

When Dogra first approached SMG about becoming an agent he was rejected, but after much perseverance and pleading, they finally took him on as an unpaid intern.

Dogra quickly worked his way up from his unpaid internship and earned the reputation as an above average recruiter who connected well with the players and an even better reputation in how he dealt with the player’s families.

When recruiting college athletes, it is extremely important in landing clients to get on the good side of the players family as they are usually a big influence in the final decision.

PARTNERSHIP

By 2006, Dogra made partner and SFX Football, which was bringing in an estimated $7 million in profits at the time, was sold to Creative Artists Agency (CAA) for approximately 30 million dollars.

At that point, Dogra joined Tom Condon and his partner Ken Kremer, of IMG Football bringing with them 57 NFL clients as well as their eight employees with them. Together, Dogra and Condon represent over 130 NFL players.

The deal made people throughout the industry really take notice with the fact that they brought together the largest and most star-studded clients from the NFL. SportsBusiness Journal called the move and the company “the most dominant player representation practice in the business.”

CLIENTS

Dogra is the type of agent that prefers to fly beneath the radar and leave the publicity and the limelight to the flashier agents such as Drew Rosenhaus.

A few of Dogra’s NFL clients include:

  • Defensive End Mario Williams of The Buffalo Bills
  • Running Back Adrian Peterson of The Minnesota Vikings
  • Wide Receiver Braylon Edwards of The San Francisco 49ers
  • Wide Receiver Lee Evans of The Baltimore Ravens
  • Running Back Joseph Addai of The New England Patriots
  • Running Back Jonathan Stewart of The Carolina Panthers
  • Linebacker Patrick Willis of The San Francisco 49ers
  • Quarterback Matt Ryan of The Atlanta Falcons

Since 2004, Dogra has also represented more first round draft choices than any other NFL agent.

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