Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg was our guest on the #SSEshow Google+ Hangout.
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Leigh William Steinberg (b. March 27, 1949 in Los Angeles, California) is the pre-eminent sports agent and sports attorney in the nation. During the four decades that Leigh has dedicated to his craft, he has come to call some of the most elite athletes of this generation his clients as well as his friends. His esteemed client list has included hundreds of premier professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, golf, boxing, volleyball, and Olympic sports. Leigh’s client roster has included the likes of Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Kordell Stewart, Jeff George, Ben Roethlisberger, Myron Rolle, Matt Leinart, Mark Brunell, Ricky Williams, Howie Long, Eric Karros, Dusty Baker, Lennox Lewis, Oscar de la Hoya and John Starks.
Leigh Steinberg is widely recognized as the country’s leading sports agent and one of the most noteworthy sports attorneys in the nation. Leigh has represented the Number 1 pick in the NFL draft a record eight times, in addition to representing over 60 other first round draft picks just in the NFL, feats unheard of in today’s marketplace. He may be best known as the inspiration for the lead character in Jerry Maguire who was a sports agent. Although many people refer to Leigh as the “Real-life Jerry Maguire,” he insists that Jerry was a character developed entirely by Cameron Crowe after following Leigh’s every move in and out of the office for several years. Leigh made a cameo appearance at the end of the film. During his nearly 40 years in the industry, Steinberg has negotiated well over two billion dollars in deals for his clients. His firm, Steinberg Sports & Entertainment, maintains a client roster that is highlighted by some of the most high profile names in sports.
An accomplished speaker, Steinberg has traveled the world addressing topics he is passionate about ranging from sports and entertainment, concussion prevention, the environment, to political and economic issues.
Steinberg has championed the cause of player safety, advocating the removal of Astroturf from stadiums and held symposia on concussions, which promote rule, equipment and diagnostic changes to better protect players. Leigh has been an agent for change in the arena of concussions, which for so long was filled with ignorance and attitude. After working in the industry for so long, he has seen the long term affects that professional sports take on the human body. Often, Leigh can be heard drawing the bleak comparison between a retired athlete bending over to pick up a grandchild who feels aches and pains, and a retired athlete who does not recognize that grandchild because of effects from a career filled with concussions.
Steinberg contributes his time and efforts to a variety of humanitarian causes. He has actively been involved with the Human Relations Commission, Children Now, Children’s Miracle Network, CORO Fellows Program and the Starlight Foundation. He founded and underwrites the Steinberg Leadership Institute, a nationwide program run by the Anti-Defamation League preparing students to fight racism and inequality throughout the world. Leigh created the Steinberg Leadership Program with the Human Relations Commission of Orange County to give leadership and tolerance training to high school and middle school leaders in a series of one week camps. He has donated time and resources to organizations such as Special Olympics, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and Junior Achievement. Steinberg has endowed scholarships at Alexander Hamilton High School, Corona Del Mar High School, and Newport Harbor High School, as well as endowing a classroom at Boalt Hall at the University of California at Berkeley.
One of Leigh’s major outlets for his advocacy and outreach has always been his famous Super Bowl Party.
Leigh’s Super Bowl Party brings together some of the most prestigious businessmen in the country along with those in the sports and entertainment industries and those whose business or charity speak to the theme Leigh has chosen to promote at that particular venue. Examples of past parties and their causes include: Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, FL which facilitated live satellite hookups between the party and troops in Iraq and in military hospitals around the world. The party benefited the Tampa Zoo and Autism Speaks; Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, AZ had an environmental emphasis and featured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, Governor Janet Napolitano, and Leigh releasing an endangered hawk back into the wild; and Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans, LA saw an influx of the first responders from the 9-11 terrorist attacks welcomed to the party.
Steinberg’s community activism has drawn praise from the all over the political world. He has received commendations from Congress, State Senate, State Legislature, the Los Angeles City Council, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, President Reagan, President Bush and President Clinton. Leigh has been named Man of the Year over a dozen times by a diverse group of organizations that include the March of Dimes, Cedars Sinai, the Southern California Boy Scouts, the Orange County and Los Angeles Human Relations Commissions, the Orange County and Los Angeles divisions of the Anti-Defamation League, and several other professional and charitable organizations. Leigh has been awarded the “Keys to the City” of four cities: San Francisco, CA, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL, and Concord, CA.
Steinberg has been the Title Sponsor of the Newport Beach Film Festival since 2000, which he is proud to have contributed to as the festival has grown into one of the premier film festivals in the land that has featured premieres such as Crash. Leigh has been featured on national television programs such as “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” “CNN,” “CNN World,” “Charlie Rose Show,” Fox Business,” “Fox News,” “CBS Morning News,” “Inside Sports,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” “Pat Sajak Show,” “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, “Leeza Gibbons Show,” “Living Large,” and the “Man Show.” A host of magazines have covered him including Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Success, Forbes, Playboy, GQ, FHM, LA Times Sunday Magazine, Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Magazine, United Airlines Magazine, Hawaiian Airlines Magazine, and the US Airlines Magazine.
Steinberg has supplied his expertise and colorful commentary on the business of sports and athletes for the “Dan Patrick Show”, “Colin Cowherd Show”, “Jim Rome Show”, “Mike and Mad Dog,” WFAN NY, “Chet Coppock Show,” “Ticket,” “James Brown Show,” The Ticket, ESPN 710, KFWB 980, and Fan590 Toronto. Throughout the 1990s he was often used as a guest host on the “Jim Rome Show.” He has hosted talk radio shows on “Sportsbeat” on KCBS in San Francisco and on the “Mighty 690” on XTRA in Los Angeles. Currently, Leigh contributes a weekly column to the “National Football Post” and to the “Daily Pilot,” as well as occasionally contributing a guest column to the New York Times and “Sporting News.”
Leigh’s experience has made him a precious commodity for various magazines, penning articles like “The Future of Sports” for The Sports Business Journal, “Around the NFL in 80 Million Dollars” for Inside Sports Magazine, and “The Future of Sport” for the Smithsonian Magazine.
In an effort to share his 25 years of experience in the sports business world with others, Steinberg wrote a best-selling book in 1998, Winning with Integrity, providing readers insight on how to improve their life through non-confrontational negotiating. True to form, a majority of the proceeds raised on his 1999 book tour were donated to the Junior Achievement Educational Foundation. He has also penned the foreword in Pray Ball! The Spiritual Insights of a Jewish Sports Fan.