Randy Hendricks

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Randal "Randy" Hendricks (b. November 18, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American attorney and sports agent considered a pioneer in the field of sports representation.[citation needed] He was raised in Westwood, Kansas and is a 1963 graduate of Shawnee Mission North High School, where he was a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is managing partner of Hendricks Sports Management, L.P., and managing member of Hendricks Interests LLC, both in Houston, Texas.



He practiced law with the Houston firm of Baker Botts out of law school. While there, he represented his first professional athlete. In 1971, he joined with his brother, Alan, to form Hendricks Sports Management. Hendricks was involved in the movement for free agency, a change for professional athletes from the reserve system. Hendricks concentrated on this area until the players earned their free agency in the late 1970s. He has continuously represented a significant number of professional athletes for over 40 years.

The Hendricks brothers formed Hendricks Sports Management and built an agency which represented approximately 10% of all major league baseball players for nearly 20 years. In 1999, the Hendricks sold their company to SFX Entertainment, (now Live Nation), where Randy became Chairman and CEO of the baseball group. Following the conclusion of their management contracts in 2004, the brothers reformed Hendricks Sports Management, which reestablished their profile as leaders in their industry.

Hendricks is the author of Inside the Strike Zone, published in 1994 and nominated for the Casey Award for best baseball book for that year. Hendricks has negotiated many record contracts, and his $28 million one year contract for Roger Clemens is the highest in the history of baseball. Recently, he negotiated a record $30.25 million contract for 21 year old Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman.


Randy Hendricks has been named the top agent by Baseball America, and among the 100 most powerful people in sports in the United States by The Sporting News. Forbes magazine recently recognized him as one of the most effective agents for his clients.

Hendricks holds the best lifetime winning percentage as an advocate in arbitration and collusion cases, and is known for his preparation and advocacy. His standing for over 35 years at the top of his industry is unparalleled in his field[citation needed].

Hendricks was appointed as a member of the Houston/Harris County Public Sports Advisory Committee in 1995 by Houston Mayor Bob Lanier. Hendricks wrote the election day editorial for the Houston Chronicle in favor of the referendum for new sports stadia in Houston and Harris County, Texas. The measure passed in a close vote, and led to the construction of new sports facilities for professional teams, including Minute Maid Park for the Houston Astros, Reliant Stadium for the Houston Texans and Toyota Center for the Houston Rockets.

See also[edit]

  • Sports agent: for listing of prominent sports agents, by field.


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