ICM Partners Acquires Top NFL Agency Select Sports Group
ICM Partners and its sports representation arm ICM Stellar Sports are proud to announce the acquisition of Select Sports Group, one of the most successful and well-respected independent agencies in the NFL. Select Sports Group has represented over 50 Super Bowl Champions, 35 first round draft picks, 35 Pro Bowl players and high profile clients such as Kyler Murray, Andy Dalton, Taysom Hill, Bradley Chubb and Colin Kaepernick, among many others. In addition, Select Sports Group represents NFL coaches, General Managers and front office executives including Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and Cleveland Browns General Manager Andrew Berry. SSG is among an elite group of agencies that have represented a first round pick in the last 4 NFL Drafts, including first overall selection Murray as well as Chubb, Jalen Reagor, Jordyn Brooks, and Payton Turner. The move benefits both agencies, growing ICM Stellar Sports a significantly larger footprint in the NFL, while providing Select Sports Groups clients with the expertise and impact of a major full-service entertainment agency to further develop their clients off the field earning potential across all entertainment, marketing and branding platforms.
The deal was announced by ICM Partners Managing Director/ICM Stellar Sports Chairman Ted Chervin, ICM Stellar Sports Executive Chairman Jonathan Barnett, and Co-Heads and owners of Select Sports Group Erik Burkhardt and Jeff Nalley, who will be Co-Presidents of the NFL representation division. The rest of the SSG team will be joining ICM Stellar Sports as well, including SSG founder and agent Graylan Crain.
ICM Stellar Sports’ NFL business was previously launched by highly respected agent Reggie Johnson, Jonathan Barnett, who Forbes has listed as the world’s #1 (2019) and #2 (2020) sports agent the past two years and Joshua Barnett, Managing Director of ICM Stellar Sports.
ICM’s purchase of SSG comes nine months after acquiring the largest soccer agency in the world, Stellar Group. ICM Stellar Sports is now the world’s #1 agency in the world’s #1 sport, football/soccer, operating in 10 countries globally and representing over 800 athletes with contracts currently totaling over four billion dollars, with a who’s who roster of internationally famous clients.