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By Leigh Steinberg | March 22, 2013
Traditional agentry has too often been lampoonish, cartoonish, greedy and destructive to clients and sports itself. Some of the basic concepts, which are slavishly adhered to, are just wrong. The battle in sports ought not be labor versus management. The critical challenge for the NFL is Major League Baseball, the NBA, HBO TV, Walt Disney World and every other form of discretionary entertainment spending. Sports are not like the need for food on the table or transportation to work.
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From staff reports | January 12, 2012
Newport Beach sports agent Leigh Steinberg, whose life story partially inspired "Jerry Maguire," has filed for bankruptcy, according to an email he sent to the Daily Pilot. Steinberg, 62, pens a weekly sports column for the Pilot. He said in his statement that media exposure that harmed his family and chased away clients led to him to seek Chapter 7 protections in federal bankruptcy court. He had been hoping to repay those who had given him loans. Steinberg used to represent a large roster of professional football and baseball players and boxers.
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November 16, 2002
Deepa Bharath A federal jury in Los Angeles awarded sports agent Leigh Steinberg close to $45 million on Friday, finding his former partner liable for breach of contract when he started a competing agency, taking many of Steinberg's valued clients with him. After five weeks of testimony and four days of deliberation in what turned out to be a complex and well-publicized case, the jury found for the Newport Beach...
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza Daily Pilot | August 22, 2007
Warren Moon is comfy, perched in his office chair, and reminiscing about the year he began to shop for representation. Back then the future Pro Football Hall of Fame member’s situation wasn’t so secure. It was 1978, when searching for a sports agent who understood him proved trying. Almost as much for him in finding a quarterback in the NFL who resembled the recent Rose Bowl MVP. As an African American, Moon knew the opportunity to play quarterback was as low as the jersey number he wore at the University of Washington.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | January 31, 2011
Leigh Steinberg has plenty of reason to celebrate during his upcoming Super Bowl Party in Dallas. It's Super Bowl XLV, but for the Newport Beach resident whose fame came as a sports agent, it's Steinberg Party XXV. Because his party is in its 25th year, Steinberg is doing his best to make it memorable. His parties have been known for their extravagance and attention to charities. He wants to turn it up a notch. Amid all the fun, which he often refers to as, "a three-ring circus," Steinberg will honor his friend, Gabrielle Giffords, the U.S. Rep. who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head suffered during a shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
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June 25, 2005
Schwarz-Pelinka Dr. and Mrs. Kenneth Schwarz of Corona del Mar announce the engagement of their daughter Kristin Brett Schwarz of Brentwood to Robert Todd Pelinka of Los Angeles. The bride-elect graduated from Corona del Mar High School, Duke University and UCLA Medical School and is now completing her pediatric residency at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The future bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pelinka, of Wheaton, Ill., graduated from Lake Forest High School, and the University of Michigan -- where he double-majored in Business and Law, and is now an sports agent.
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February 13, 2003
Newport sports agent files for bankruptcy Newport Beach sports agent David Dunn filed for bankruptcy protection this week after losing a $4.66-million jury verdict to former partner Leigh Steinberg, who claimed Dunn stole many of his football clients. Dunn said he does not have enough money to appeal the November verdict in which the Steinberg and Moorad agency was also awarded $40 million from Dunn's firm, Athletes First, whose clients include 2002 Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer of USC. Dunn's defense claimed that about 50 pro football clients who left Steinberg to switch to Athletes First did so on their own without his new company's solicitation.
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By Steve Virgen, steve.virgen@latimes.com | August 4, 2011
SANTA ANA - Leigh Steinberg's visit to Morton's The Steakhouse at the South Coast Plaza Village was billed as, "Lunch With A Legend. " Steinberg, the renowned sports agent and Daily Pilot columnist, delivered a legendary-type shot while on 710 ESPN Radio with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley Thursday. Kellerman served up the topic of Frank McCourt to Steinberg and the 62-year-old slam dunked it. "He needs to go back to Boston," Steinberg said of the infamous Los Angeles Dodgers owner.
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March 20, 2013
Leigh Steinberg, a Daily Pilot columnist, was profiled by the Associated Press and revealed he is working to relaunch his sports agency, based in Newport Beach, as well as other projects, "including an autobiography and his continuing crusade to raise awareness of the damaging effects of concussions. " Steinberg, who turns 64 next week, will celebrate his sober birthday Thursday, the story said, a big milestone, after battling alcoholism with vodka as his main drink. "I wanted to focus on sobriety first so I absolutely could make sure I had an intelligent plan to deal with it," Steinberg told the AP in a phone interview from his office in Newport Beach.
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By Leigh Steinberg | March 1, 2014
The signing of NBA player Jason Collins has the possibility of pushing the taboo against gay players in sports further into the trash can of past barriers. The Brooklyn Nets signed the openly gay player to a 10-day contract. A 10-day contract doesn't ensure that a player will be on the roster for the remainder of the season, it is more like a "look and evaluate" signing. If the Nets decide to keep Collins as a regular player on the roster, he would be the first openly gay player in professional sports.
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By Leigh Steinberg | April 13, 2014
Some years ago, my 9-year-old daughter Katie and her soccer team had just lost an elimination game in AYSO soccer. She was crying and looked distraught. I ran out on the field to console her and said "Don't feel bad, you will have many more seasons to win. " She looked at me and said, "I'm not crying because my team lost, Dad. I'm sad because I won't get to see my friends on the team all the time. " In that moment I started to rethink the differential in parental perception and goals from that of their athletic children.
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By Leigh Steinberg | March 1, 2014
The signing of NBA player Jason Collins has the possibility of pushing the taboo against gay players in sports further into the trash can of past barriers. The Brooklyn Nets signed the openly gay player to a 10-day contract. A 10-day contract doesn't ensure that a player will be on the roster for the remainder of the season, it is more like a "look and evaluate" signing. If the Nets decide to keep Collins as a regular player on the roster, he would be the first openly gay player in professional sports.
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By Leigh Steinberg | January 25, 2014
Seattle Seahawk cornerback Richard Sherman twerked his way into national consciousness last Sunday night and made himself a household name. In a brilliant marketing maneuver he understood the colossal ratings for an NFC Championship game would provide a stage for some unique activity. With his post-game rant in an interview with Erin Andrews, he emulated Miley Cyrus' attention-grabbing tactics. Much of the public was offended by Cyrus, but it made her a worldwide star and jump-started her career.
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December 12, 2013
Signing season for college football players who are eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft has begun. Players at colleges whose teams have finished their season and are not in a bowl game are free to sign with agents now. Those players whose teams are participating in the endless array of postseason bowl games must wait until that final game has been played. The bowl games start on Dec. 21 and end with the BCS Championship game Jan. 6. Players who graduated from high school over three years ago by next June (juniors or redshirt sophomores)
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By Steve Virgen | October 11, 2013
Leigh Steinberg is back in the game. Steinberg, the famed sports agent, relaunched his representation career and announced the formation of Steinberg Sports & Entertainment this week, as he gained NFL agent certification. October could be known as Comeback Month for Steinberg, who has battled plenty of adversity, including the death of his father, the end of his marriage, bankruptcy and alcoholism. He's back in the news, headlines across the Internet, declaring his return.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 21, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - Leigh Steinberg showed up to the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa to work on an NFL rookie contract on Thursday. He has negotiated these types of contracts with this NFL team before as a sports agent. His clients with the Indianapolis Colts have included a couple of top draft choices in the past. There was Jeff George, the No. 1 overall pick in 1990, and Duane Bickett, the fifth overall pick in 1985. How times have changed for Steinberg. No longer is he landing first-round players.
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March 20, 2013
Leigh Steinberg, a Daily Pilot columnist, was profiled by the Associated Press and revealed he is working to relaunch his sports agency, based in Newport Beach, as well as other projects, "including an autobiography and his continuing crusade to raise awareness of the damaging effects of concussions. " Steinberg, who turns 64 next week, will celebrate his sober birthday Thursday, the story said, a big milestone, after battling alcoholism with vodka as his main drink. "I wanted to focus on sobriety first so I absolutely could make sure I had an intelligent plan to deal with it," Steinberg told the AP in a phone interview from his office in Newport Beach.
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From staff reports | January 12, 2012
Newport Beach sports agent Leigh Steinberg, whose life story partially inspired "Jerry Maguire," has filed for bankruptcy, according to an email he sent to the Daily Pilot. Steinberg, 62, pens a weekly sports column for the Pilot. He said in his statement that media exposure that harmed his family and chased away clients led to him to seek Chapter 7 protections in federal bankruptcy court. He had been hoping to repay those who had given him loans. Steinberg used to represent a large roster of professional football and baseball players and boxers.
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By Lauren Williams | December 22, 2011
A court commissioner recently authorized a bench warrant for the Newport Beach sports agent who partially inspired the film "Jerry Maguire," but there are no plans to arrest him, court and law enforcement officials said Thursday. Leigh Steinberg, 62, failed to appear in Orange County Superior Court on Dec. 15 for a debtor's examination, triggering the commissioner to OK the bench warrant on the condition that the party suing him pay the court fees, according to court spokeswoman Carole Levitzsky.
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