ICM Partners, a Hollywood entertainment agency, has acquired Select Sports Group, an agency that reps NFL coaches, players and executives. Financial details of the transaction with Select Sports were not disclosed.
“This is a big step forward for us. It was important to us to augment what we were already doing with Reggie Johnson,” Chervin told Variety. “When we acquired Stellar, we never thought that was the end. This is a big statement demonstrating our seriousness about sports.”
Select Sports will be wholly owned by ICM Stellar Sports. The agreement states Erik Burkhardt and Jeff Nalley, Select Sports co-owners, are to become co-presidents of the ICM Stellar Sports’ NFL representation division.
Select Sports Group has represented more than 50 Super Bowl champions, 35 first-round NFL draft picks, 35 Pro Bowl players including multiple players in the 2020 game. Its high-profile player clients include Kyler Murray, Andy Dalton, Taysom Hill and Colin Kaepernick, along with Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Cleveland Browns GM Andrew Berry.
“Modern NFL players, coaches, and executives are CEOs of their own brands with evolving off field interests which need and deserve the firepower of a major full-service and international agency to maximize all the amazing opportunities that the marketplace now presents to them,” said Nalley and Burkhardt in a joint statement. “With ICM, we have an extraordinary partner to grow our clients’ brands and professional goals. We are excited about what this deal means for our clients and to help lead ICM’s rapid growth across all sports and entertainment platforms.”
“This is our first major acquisition under the ICM Stellar Sports banner, with more to come,” he said. “This is one of the big reasons we aligned with ICM in the first place, to make bold acquisitions with the goal of becoming the world’s #1 sports agency, not just in football/soccer which we are, but across all sports, while offering a full array of services for what the modern athlete requires and deserves.”