Sports Business Rundown: Two Area Agents Among Sports’ Most Powerful

Agent Tom Condon's stable of clients includes Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons
Agent Tom Condon’s stable of clients includes Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. | Photo courtesy of Creative Commons” credit=” 

Forbes recently released its list of the 10 most powerful sports agents in the world, recognizing two local agents. Tom Condon and Ben Dogra, leaders of the Creative Artist Agency’s football division in St. Louis, rank second and seventh on the list, respectively. Condon is agent to St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford, as well as other big names such as Peyton and Eli Manning and Drew Brees. Some of Dogra’s top clients include NFL stars Mario Williams and Patrick Willis.

UMB, Sporting KC team up

UMB Bank became the third company to strike a deal to sponsor part of Sporting Kansas City’s stadium, signing a seven-year contract to become title sponsor at Field Club in Sporting Park. UMB plans to post signs throughout the area, including iconic photographs of the Kansas City area and of Sporting Kansas City matches.

Leading Kansas City sports architect dies

Ben Barnert, the lead architect for the team that designed Kansas City’s Sprint Center, died July 28 after an 18-month fight with cancer. He was 59. Barnert helped form Kansas City-based HOK Sport Venue Event, which is now known as Populous, one of the largest sports architecture firms in the country.

Tweets of the Week

This tweet was regarding game between Spanish soccer giant Real Madrid and Italian power Inter that will take place Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome. Over 51,000 tickets have been sold at prices ranging from $40 to $225. In preparation for the game, turf was ripped up from a sod farm in Illinois and taken by truck to the Edward Jones Dome. The entire field will be covered with real turf for the game.

This match marks the second international game in St. Louis this year, following a May clash between top English clubs Chelsea and Manchester City. That game generated between $1.5 million and $2 million in economic impact the area, according to estimates from the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.

— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) July 26, 2013

This was one in a series of recent tweets by ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas challenging the NCAA’s stance on amateurism in college sports. On Tuesday, Bilas posted several tweets depicting high-profile college athletes’ jerseys — containing their numbers but not names — that are being sold through the NCAA’s online store.

On Thursday, the NCAA announced it would stop selling paraphernalia from specific institutions. However, the NCAA’s member schools are still allowed to sell jerseys with specific athletes’ numbers.

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