Agent Spotlight – Bill Duffy

In a profession that is full of dishonest and sleazy middlemen as some sports agents are, Bill Duffy stands alone and is truly one of the stand-up guys in the business.

Duffy has been involved in professional sports representation for over twenty years and is one of the first agents to place American athletes in Europe and bring Europeans to the NBA. He has negotiated over 100 contracts for professional athletes.

Duffy was named the “Agent of the Year” in 1998 and 2001 by the Black Sports Agents Association and is one of the most successful and respected agents in the NBA.


In 1998, Duffy founded BDA Sports Management and is Chairman and CEO.

BDA is a full service firm providing clients with high quality career management and the tools necessary to enhance personal growth and achievement.

With a knowledgeable staff each BDA client receives unmatched personal attention and guidance while Duffy’s team focuses on individual needs and long term career planning.

BDA currently represents more than 35 NBA players, including over 20 first round draft picks as well as over 45 professional basketball players overseas.

Duffy’s clients include:

  • Yao Ming
  • Steve Nash
  • Greg Oden
  • Brandon Jennings
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Rajon Rondo


Duffy played basketball himself in college, playing ball at the collegiate level at the University of Minnesota and Santa Clara University.

Duffy started his college career at the University of Minnesota with future NBA players Kevin McHale, Mychal Thompson and Trent Tucker.

Once he transferred to the University of Santa Clara, his roommates included Kurt Rambis and future NFL star Ronnie Lott. It was Lott who introduced Duffy to the agent who gave him his start as an agent.

He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Humanities and was named a District Eight Academic All-American and Santa Clara’s 1982 Scholar/Athlete of the Year.

In 1982, the Denver Nuggets Selected Duffy with in the fifth round with their fourth pick.


Duffy’s philosophy is being a life coach and a developer of men and keeping his clients on the right track.

He finds himself in a role of guiding his clients’ lives.

“The business is one side, but just being there for them; helping them not make mistakes and slip up,” Duffy said. “That’s what I find my role to be.”

“When you have opportunities to get an education, that’s what’s going to allow you to be successful in the long run.”

He advises students that having a strong work ethic, which includes both the ability and the willingness to work hard, will carry them far in life.

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