CEO, Chairman of the Board
Steinberg Sports and Entertainment
Leigh Steinberg has dedicated his 45-plus year career of representing athletes to harnessing the power of sport for the betterment of society. Leigh’s basic principles and strategies for athlete management, branding, role modeling and shared values have carried him throughout an evolving sport industry. He has represented many of the most successful athletes and coaches in football, basketball, baseball, hockey, boxing, golf, etc., including the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft for an unprecedented eight times in conjunction with 64 total first round picks and 11 Hall of Famers. Furthermore, Leigh has represented other notable athletes such as Oscar De La Hoya and Lennox Lewis, as well as multiple Olympians and professional teams. With an unrivaled history of record-setting contracts, Leigh has secured over $3 billion for his 300+ pro athlete clients and directed more than $750 million to various charities around the world.
Leigh Steinberg is easily distinguished from others within his profession by his passion for giving to those less fortunate and his endless campaign to make our world a better place. He has received commendations from Congress, State Senate, State Legislature, several Presidents, the Los Angeles City Council and many more. He has also been awarded the ‘Keys to the City’ in San Francisco, CA, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL and Concord, CA. In 2017, Leigh was inducted into the California Sports Hall of Fame.
His efforts to save the Giants led then San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan to declare ‘Leigh Steinberg Day’ in the city. In 1994, then-Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris utilized Leigh as a consultant in his successful bid to prevent the Oakland Athletics baseball club from relocating. Leigh also served as Co-Chairman of the ‘Save the Rams’ committee in its attempt to keep the franchise from leaving Southern California.
Leigh is often credited as the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Jerry Maguire. In addition to receiving a production credit for the movie, Leigh also consulted on features such as Any Given Sunday, For Love of the Game, and Arli$$. He has been featured on national television programs such as “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “Fox News,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” and many more. A host of magazines have covered him including Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Forbes, Playboy, GQ, and FHM.
Additionally, he has supplied his expertise on the business of sports and athletes for “The Dan Patrick Show,” in front of “The Jim Rome Show,” and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” and multiple other radio and TV outlets. Leigh contributes a weekly column to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and the Daily Pilot, while occasionally contributing a guest column to The New York Times, Sporting News, and Yahoo Sports. In addition, Leigh has penned notable articles such as “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.
Leigh wrote a best-selling book, Winning with Integrity, providing insight on how to improve life through non-confrontational negotiation. Furthermore, Leigh’s most recent book, The Agent: My 40-Year Career of Making Deals and Changing the Game, details his decades of dominance in the sports industry and sheds light on overcoming his personal struggles to launch his comeback. Leigh has been rated the sixth Most Powerful Person in the NFL according to Football Digest and the sixteenth Most Powerful Person in Sports according to The Sporting News, and was the only agent that made Sports Illustrated’s list of most influential figures that shaped the NFL’s first 100 years.
Leigh was born and raised in Los Angeles by his parents, a teacher and librarian. He obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from Cal where he was student body president during each tenure. He resides in Newport Beach and has three children.