KMG offers complete and comprehensive representation, using a boutique approach allowing us to use our 75 years of combined experience to ensure that each client receives the attention they need in order to provide them with the opportunities to succeed.
Our job is to build your brand and maximize your revenue, and we work to provide guidance in all areas of the professional lifestyle in order to best protect your interests.
KMG Sports represents athletes and coaches in a wide range of professional sports including baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. Additionally, we represent collegiate basketball and football coaches and athletic directors in some of the premier conferences in the NCAA.
As a member of our family, you gain the benefits of an entire team of business and legal experts who have your professional, as well as your personal, needs in mind. Our team will work hand-in-hand with you to develop a strategic plan specifically for you.
Our extensive network enables us to explore and develop new and innovative strategies because we know that each athlete is unique, with individual needs, and there is no universal plan. That’s why we offer a flexible program that can help you excel throughout your entire career.
KMG offers it’s expertise in advising and consulting to individual athletes and their families on their options, both professionally and collegiately, no matter what sport they participate in. This includes the athlete’s potential professional draft status and potential value.
This will be of particular importance to those athletes and families who have questions about entering the draft in the NFL, NBA and MLB where rules may vary as to draft eligibility and issues such as “Do I remain in college or enter the draft” are confronted by the athlete and his/her family. Additionally, for baseball players, college options versus. signing an MLB contract if selected in the draft are of significant importance.
Prior to the athlete’s professional draft, the athlete and their family will be presented with many other questions involving the process. KMG will be there to advise the athlete and their family all the way through the process.
All advisory and consulting services comply with all NCAA rules, regulations and by laws as pertain to the particular sport of the collegiate athlete to ensure that the athlete’s college eligibility is maintained.
KMG has solidified itself in the sports marketplace as one of the premier contract negotiating firms. Collectively negotiating and having under contract over $250 million in client revenue during the last 5 years. Our management team uses extensive preparation, research, and planning to generate maximum compensation for our clients. We strive to establish new standards in the industry.
KMG has negotiated contracts with every team in the NFL and NBA. We have negotiated contracts for international basketball players with teams in every basketball playing country in the world and multiple international soccer clubs, as well as the MLS, and USL Pro. Additionally, Richard Katz has negotiated multiple executive compensation contracts with major NCAA colleges and universities for head basketball, football coaches, and athletic directors.
We have agents and attorneys certified with the NFLPA, NBAPA, FIBA and FIFA member countries. Our experience allows us to determine the intrinsic value that each individual athlete possesses in order to calculate and capitalize on that value. We also offer advisory and consulting services for those athletes and families in sport specific situations where the athlete is aspiring to become a professional.
Marketing & Brand Development
KMG clients enjoy the benefit of an in-depth, personalized marketing plan. Our marketing associates will assess the client’s current brand and develop a plan unique to their position and implement a strategic marketing plan designed to grow name brand recognition and increase their social media presence. KMG aggressively pursues marketing opportunities for every client in order to maximize off-the-field revenue.
KMG has a long history of working with some of the major athletic brands in sports, such as: Nike, Adidas, Rawlings, Louisville Slugger, EA Sports, Topps Trading Card Company, Upper Deck, Fleer, Donruss, ESPN, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Fox Sports, Dicks, Sprint, Verizon, Subway, Sports Illustrated, Sporting News, CBS Sports, NBS Sports, Red Bull.
KMG Sports advises and assists our clients in the building and maintenance of their social media networks across all platforms. In addition, KMG Sports has an active social media presence where we highlight our clients’ accomplishments daily.
We encourage our clients to participate in charitable and socially conscious activities both in their hometown and the city where their club is located. KMG is prepared to assist the athlete in foundation development, event planning, media awareness, fund raising, and any other charitable program in order to achieve this objective.
KMG has had the privilege of assisting in the planning and implementation of several charitable organizations such as: The Shaun Alexander Foundation, The John Jackson Foundation, Chasing the Cure Foundation for Chase Blackburn, and the Frank Martin Family Foundation. Each foundation has raised money to significantly impact local communities.
In addition KMG has assisted Clients in marketing, planning and implementing their own fund raising events, including golf tournaments, football and basketball camps, bowling tournaments and other client requested events.
As an example our staff assisted Chase Blackburn (Giants 2005 – 2012; Panthers 2013 – 2014) with the concept and formation of his charitable foundation, Chasing the Cure for Cancer. With Chase’s vision, KMG handled most of the administrative activities for Chase’s fundraising golf outings in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, KMG assisted Chase in one of his many community events, football camps for youngsters in the Columbus, Ohio area.
After De’Sean Butler (West Virginia basketball, 2006 to 2010 ) was drafted in the second round by the Miami Heat, he wanted to develop a plan to have youth basketball camps in the state of West Virginia. We helped convert his vision into multiple such camps in multiple cities in West Virginia. KMG also helped plan multiple appearances for De’Sean, including a signing event for fans at the largest indoor mall in Charleston, West Virginia.
Conditioning & Training
We recognize that each athlete is unique, with individual needs, and our extensive network allows us to explore and develop new and innovative training strategies for clients in all sports.
Our training programs for all sports are designed to fit the specific need of each client by applying comprehensive training regiments whether it be training for the NFL Combine and individual pro days, pre-draft workouts and the NBA pre-draft combine, pre-draft MLS workouts and MLS draft, international Soccer training or specific baseball skills. Clients will have the opportunity to work individually with nationally and internationally recognized coaches and former professional athletes from around the country and around the globe to obtain these goals.
KMG provides necessary assistance to clients in identifying financial professionals who work with the clients and their families to work towards their individual financial goals. KMG clients have worked with reliable, credible, knowledgeable and well known financial institutions, financial planning companies and individuals, all of whom are eminently qualified.
The individuals, companies, and/or institutions you decide to work with will evaluate your financial needs and objectives and help you implement a financial plan which is comfortable for you and your family.
Former Ohio State Buckeye (’99 – ’03) and Green Bay Packer (’04 – ’05) BJ Sander had this to say about KMG, “Rich did a great job of getting me prepared not only for the NFL but for life after it. He introduced me to Jon Hayes and TJ Marini who helped me with investing my money and setting up my business. With the help of rich, Jon and TJ I have money set Aside for retirement and have started my own landscaping business. They have also help set up 529’s for both of my girls for college. All three of them are great resources to have.”
KMG’s legal team are experts in Contract Law including Domestic and International contracts. Our team includes multiple attorneys, including Richard L. Katz, Michael McCafferty, Amanda Siegrist, and Jesse Taylor.
Richard L. Katz has had a private practice of law in Cincinnati, Ohio, for over 35 years and has been an Adjunct Professor of Sports Law for over 15 years. In addition, he has lectured on Sports Law issues to various legal groups, bar associations and Colleges and Universities.
We cover multiple areas of law and are licensed to practice law in multiple states. If you have a legal matter which requires expert legal advice that we cannot provide, we will see that you have the best expert for your circumstances.
In today’s sports world earning potential is limited to a relatively short period of time. As a result, KMG encourages and facilitates the strategic planning of post-career activities.
From the start, we work with our clients to assist in building relationships and business contacts that will help ease the transition from the playing field to the business arena. KMG will continue to work with the client through retirement and thereafter to ensure a productive and fulfilling secondary career.
As an example Darnell Sanders, tight-end, Ohio State University, was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 4th round of the 2002 NFL Draft. Following his rookie season, Mr. Sanders began to think of a way to invest for his future while playing. We advised him invest in various businesses investments that would help him upon retirement.
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KMG Sports Management
KMG promises a commitment to doing whatever it takes our clients reach their highest level of personal and professional success