Labor and Agents

NFL agent Joel Segal joins WME Sports after departing Sportfive

By Liz Mullen

Powerful NFL player agent Joel Segal has joined WME Sports from Sportfive, where he was CEO of the Americas. Segal is expected to bring with him to WME Sports dozens of high profile NFL players. Sportfive got out of the business of NFL player representation when he departed that agency last month. Segal's longtime colleagues, agents and execs Geoff Garmhausen, Greg Barnett and Aileen Gingold will join him at WME Sports. Segal had been at Sportfive, which was previously known as Lagardère Sports, since '16 and had negotiated $5B in NFL contracts, including deals for players such as Bears LB Khalil Mack and Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey. Segal has represented 50 first-round NFL draft picks in his career, including multiple first rounders for 15 of the last 16 years. “Joel is without question one of the most successful, well respected NFL agents the sport has ever known,” WME Sports co-Head Josh Pyatt said in a statement to SBJ. “He’s a rainmaker who brings a unique combination of agenting and operational expertise, and we know he’ll be catalytic in our efforts to be a leading force in on-field/court representation across all sports. We are excited to welcome him to WME Sports.”

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