Priority Sports and Entertainment

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Priority Sports & Entertainment is a full-service sports management firm, representing NFL and NBA athletes, based in Chicago, Illinois and Sherman Oaks, California.

Priority Sports is one of the largest independently owned sports agencies in America.[1] It was founded in 1985 by Mark Bartelstein, a former investment banker at Morgan Stanley.[2] In 2013, Priority Sports & Entertainment was recognized as one of the top 10 World's Most Valuable Sports Agencies and the top 8 Most Valuable NFL Agencies by Forbes.[3]In 2014, Priority Sports was recognized as the #7 World's Most Valuable Sports Agencies by Forbes with $560 Million contract value under management.[4]In 2015, Priority sports was recognized as one of the top 20 World's Most Valuable Sports Agencies by Forbes with $947.52 Million contract value under management and $33.2 Million in commissions.[5]

Since founding Priority Sports, Bartelstein has been rated as one of the most influential sports agents by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.[6] Bartelstein first gained acclaim after negotiating the contract for NBA star John "Hot Rod" Williams[7] because it made him the highest paid player in the history of team sports at the time.[8]

Basketball Division[edit]

Player Agents[edit]

The company has represented more than 20 First Round NBA Draft picks. In the 2010 NBA Draft, Priority Sports represented four athletes who were drafted in the First Round.[9] This was more than any other agency.[10] In the 2015 NBA Draft, Priority Sports represented four 1st Round Picks.[11] "Priority has represented 20 players, or 9.5 percent, of the first-round selections in the NBA draft over the past seven years. This year Priority represented No. 18 pick Sam Dekker, No. 22 pick Bobby Portis, No. 27 pick Larry Nance Jr. and No. 28 R.J. Hunter. Bartelstein and Priority agents Reggie Brown, Joel Cornette, Zach Kurtin, Kieran Piller and Andy Shiffman represent the players."[12]

Athletes[edit]

Priority Sports represents the following NBA athletes:

Other NBA athletes Priority Sports represents include: Damion James, Brad Miller, Brian Grant, Joe Crawford, J.R. Giddens, Charlie Bell, Bobby Simmons, Will Bynum, Mark Blount, Brian Cardinal, Michael Dickerson, Trenton Hassell, James Posey, Charlie Bell, Jannero Pargo, and Darius Songaila.

Football Division[edit]

Contract Advisors[edit]

Priority Sports has worked with NFL athletes for over twenty years. In addition to Bartelstein, partner Rick Smith (General Counsel), partner Mike McCartney, partner Deryk Gilmore, Ben Hartsock, Kyle Dolan and partner Kenny Zuckerman (President/Athlete Representation) are agents at the company.[16]

Athletes[edit]

Priority Sports represents the following NFL athletes:

Other NFL athletes Priority Sports represents include: Arian Foster, Nate Kaeding, Koa Misi, Mike Pollak, Alterraun Verner, Sean Lee, and Levi Jones, Kyle Kosier, Dominic Raiola, Isaac Sopoaga, Madieu Williams, Kris Dielman, Tony Pashos, Alan Faneca, Luis Castillo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.prioritysports.biz/basketball/documents/PrioritySaysNoSale-SBJ.pdf
  2. ^ http://alumni.kellogg.northwestern.edu/profiles/alumni/mbartelstein.htm
  3. ^ http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonbelzer/2013/06/24/the-worlds-most-valuable-sports-agencies-2/
  4. ^ http://www.forbes.com/pictures/fiei45gfgk/7-priority-sports/
  5. ^ http://www.forbes.com/companies/priority-sports-entertainment/
  6. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/59800
  7. ^ http://alumni.kellogg.northwestern.edu/profiles/alumni/mbartelstein.htm
  8. ^ http://prioritysports.biz/football/MarkBartelsteinFootball.html
  9. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/140313
  10. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/article/140313
  11. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Issues/2015/06/26/Labor-and-Agents/NBA-Draft-Chart.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2015/07/13/Labor-and-Agents/Labor-and-Agents.aspx
  13. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/nba/news/story?id=5364903
  14. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2947884
  15. ^ http://www.eskimo.com/~pbender/contracts
  16. ^ http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/article/59800
  17. ^ http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_contract.aspx?sport=NFL&id=1656
  18. ^ http://nfl.fanhouse.com/2010/08/02/tyson-alualu-agrees-to-terms-with-jaguars/
  19. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2529573
  20. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3951664
  21. ^ http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_main.aspx?id=3629&sport=nfl
  22. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/peter_king/03/14/mmqb/3.html
  23. ^ http://www.rotoworld.com/content/playerpages/player_contract.aspx?sport=nfl&id=4213
  24. ^ http://bal.scout.com/2/550951.html
  25. ^ http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/detroit-lions/haloti-ngata/
  26. ^ http://www.chicagobears.com/team/player.asp?player_id=49

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