Top Agents By Sports

Being a sports agent is highly competitive, and there are no promises that you will succeed as around 50% of all certified sports agents do not have a single client.

It usually takes several years as an agent to build up the clientele and reputation to earn enough money to live on.

Below is a list of the top agents in each of the major sports, football, baseball, basketball, hockey and golf.


Arn Tellem is Vice Chairman of the Wasserman Media Group which represents an astounding 16.6 percent of Major League Baseball clients representing 125 MLB players.

Tellem is widely recognized as one of the most influential and respected sports agents in the world.

His list of MLB clients has had some very famous players including:

  • Nomar Garciaparra
  • Jason Giambi
  • Hideki Matsui
  • Chase Utley
  • Barry Zito


Tom Condon, now with Creative Artists Agency, is universally regarded as the most powerful agent in the NFL and was named by The Sporting News the “most powerful agent in any sport”.

Condon has represented more first-round NFL draft picks than any other agent or agency, including 33 since 1997.

His list of NFL clients has had some very famous players including:

  • Peyton Manning
  • Eli Manning
  • Drew Brees
  • Matthew Stafford
  • Tony Romo


Bill Duffy has over 25 years of experience representing professional athletes and is one of the most successful and respected agents in professional sports.

In 1998, Bill founded BDA Sports Management, a full service firm which currently represents more than 35 NBA players, including 20 plus first round picks and over 45 professional basketball players overseas.

His list of NBA clients has had some very famous players including:

  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Steve Nash
  • Yao Ming
  • Tayshaun Prince
  • Rajon Rondo


Don Meehan agency, Newport Sports Management, represents more than 100 NHL players and is now regarded as the most successful player agency in the hockey industry worldwide.

Meehan has been a certified NHL sports agent since 1996 and has represented hockey players since 1981.

His list of NBA clients has had some very famous players including:

  • Curtis Joseph
  • Pat LaFontaine
  • Alexander Ovechkin
  • Chris Pronger
  • Brent Sutter


Mark Steinberg is currently a Partner at Excel Sports Management and has been representing top golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours since 1992.

Steinberg is best known as Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam agent and has had negotiated endorsement deals for his clients worth “hundreds of millions of dollars”.

His list of PGA and LPGA clients has had some very famous players including:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Annika Sorenstam
  • Matt Kucher
  • Danille Kang
  • Gary Woodland

So if you are seriously thinking about a career as a sports agent, these five agents would be the ones that you would want to emulate.

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