Bill Duffy (basketball)
Bill Duffy is an agent representing players in the National Basketball Association. His BDA Sports Management company represents stars such as Yao Ming, Steve Nash, Joakim Noah, Klay Thompson, Rajon Rondo, Mike Conley Jr., Goran Dragic and Andrew Wiggins. Duffy is himself a former basketball player; he competed at the collegiate level for Santa Clara University, and was selected by the Denver Nuggets in the fifth round of the 1982 NBA Draft (the team's fourth pick that year). He currently resides in Walnut Creek, California.
The life of sports agent is different than the everyday cubical setup. For agent Bill Duffy, he is never in one place. “My typical workday includes probably 100 phone calls from clients or teams or reporters. I will probably have 2 or 3 meetings of some sort. At least 3 days a week I will travel someplace. There might be 5 things a day that will require my immediate attention. I do not have set hours because I am pretty much on call. As long as the phone is on I am working."
Bill Duffy was honored at the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Association (BESLA) Awards and received the association’s Sports Humanitarian Award for 2011.
Bill was named the Black Sports Agents Association’s “Agent of the Year” in 1998 and 2001, and was recently named into both the Santa Clara University Sports Hall of Fame and as the first ever inductee of the Damien High School (La Verne, CA) Hall of Fame. Bill has been recognized for the past two years by Sports Illustrated in the top ten of the “50 Most Influential Minorities in Sport,” in Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential People: Agents,” as well as in Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the “50 Most Powerful Blacks in Sports.” Bill is also a regular guest on numerous national television programs, including “The LastWord with Jim Rome,” “Real Sports with Bryant Gumble,” ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” and MSNBC’S Abrams Report. Under Bill’s leadership, BDA Sports was named the Top Global Sports Agency by Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.
Bill is heavily involved with church and community organizations while also contributing significantly to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA in support of the groundbreaking work of world renowned neurosurgeon and scientist, Dr. Keith Black and school initiatives at Santa Clara University and Damien High School.
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