Athletes In Business

Office Hours: Brent Celek, Owner, Pando Mortgage

Listen/Download on Apple Podcasts I Spotify Podcasts Powered by RedCircle Welcome to a new episode of Office Hours: a podcast with Front Office Sports CEO Adam White and figures from the sports industry. This season is focused on athletes, both current and retired, who have found success in business endeavors off the field. On today’s episode, we’re joined by Brent Celek, former NFL tight end turned real estate investor and owner of Pando Mortgage. After 11 seasons in the NFL, Celek retired after winning […]

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Office Hours: Justin Forsett, CEO & Co-Founder, Hustle Clean

Listen/Download on Apple Podcasts I Spotify Podcasts Powered by RedCircle Welcome to a new episode of Office Hours: a podcast with Front Office Sports CEO Adam White and figures from the sports industry. This season is focused on athletes, both current and retired, who have found success in business endeavors off the field. On today’s episode, we’re joined by Justin Forsett, former NFL running back turned CEO & Co-Founder of Hustle Clean. Forsett entered into the league in 2008 after being drafted by the Seattle […]

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How Pro Athletes Are Empowering Female And Minority Entrepreneurs

  • Chiney Ogwumike and Jaylon Smith are prime examples of athletes advocating for these groups
  • Ogwumike negotiated a 50% salary increase for WNBA players

(The NFLPA is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) Roughly 20% of businesses in the United States are owned by women or minorities. In today’s climate, professional athletes are finding ways to advocate for these groups as entrepreneurs and to highlight their contributions to the business world.  Earlier this year, the NFLPA hosted a Pitch Day event where nine diverse companies pitched a panel of judges for the opportunity to obtain marketing funds, mentorship, and NFLPA licensing rights. Athletes […]

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Malcolm Jenkins Charting A Path From Football to Film

  • Three-time Pro Bowl safety Malcolm Jenkins is looking to the film industry when his playing days are done.
  • Jenkins recently inked a deal with talent agency ICM and is currently producing Black Boys, a feature length social documentary.

Until college, Malcolm Jenkins had only one focus in mind: sports. Whether it was football in the fall, or track and field in the winter and spring, his high-school life revolved around sports.  Once Jenkins stepped on campus at Ohio State – where he majored in communication – he began learning about other opportunities outside of football. After he was selected in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, an entirely new set of […]

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Fundamentals: Alexis and Hunter Pence

In a special edition of Fundamentals with Ian Thomas, Alexis and Hunter Pence joined the show to discuss baseball and business, as well as the launch of Pineapple Labs, a company that offers coffee blends and custom mugs. On how the coronavirus has altered their day-to-day lives – 1:28:  Hunter: “For me, having the time to spend with Alexis, using the time to continue to try to be ready for my craft. Also, I took more time to read, and […]

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Player Turned Agent EJ Scott Follows A Different NFL Career Path

  • EJ Scott helped his first client, cornerback Kevin Johnson, secure a deal worth up to $6 million with the Cleveland Browns during free agency this offseason.
  • The 27-year-old agent recognizes it will take lots of patience to build out his clientele as he focuses on deep personal relationships.

As a new class of NFL rookies start their professional football careers following the 2020 NFL Draft, another former collegiate player is getting a life in the game off the ground. Ex- Virginia and Wake Forest receiver EJ Scott started his second act in football in October, founding The Sports Group, a full-service boutique agency. Last month, Scott helped his first client, cornerback Kevin Johnson, the 2015 No. 16 overall pick, secure a deal with the Cleveland Browns worth up […]

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Emmanuel Sanders’ Fangage Platform Hits Stride in Coronavirus Climate

  • The three-year-old site currently has 70,000 registered users and has sent more than 20,000 autographed photos to fans this year.
  • “This is like the perfect time because it’s a lot of people trapped at the house and really can’t get [the] interaction a lot of people are looking for,” Sanders said.

When wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders was selected in the third round of the 2010 draft out of SMU, Instagram hadn’t launched yet. Twitter was only four years old and had around 30 million users, compared to the more than 330 million reported in 2019. And Facebook requires reciprocity for friendships, making it less than ideal for athletes and celebrities alike to engage with their masses of fans. FOS REPORT: 54.5% of industry executives believe that it would be at least […]

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Nolan Ryan Takes the Long and Diverse View for Business Empire Growth

  • Ryan’s business endeavors range from cattle to coffee shops.
  • A Hall of Fame resume has helped life after baseball and helps get the family company in the door, but it’s the 'product’s job to stay there.'

Nolan Ryan’s name carries a lot of weight, especially in Texas.  But even so, the Hall of Fame pitcher was ahead of his time in the way he thought about life after baseball when he retired in 1993. FOS REPORT: 54.5% of industry executives believe that it would be at least 60 days before leagues resume play. “A lot of the players I played with after their careers were over, they hadn’t prepared for life after baseball and had nothing […]

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Athletes Coming Together For Coronavirus Fundraising Efforts

  • Athletes across sports are coming together to raise money for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Participants range from Mark Cuban to Rory McIlroy to the Harlem Globetrotters to racehorse American Pharoah.

As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, athletes across sports have been some of the first to act to help their local communities. Ranging from Milwaukee Bucks and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo pledging $100,000 to staff at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee to Zion Williamson saying that he will cover the salaries of all of the workers at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans for the next 30 days to Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer hosting a waffle […]

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Athlete x Media Summit: Where Sport Meets Business

(BrandForward is a proud partner of Front Office Sports) On Thursday, January 30, more than 200 sports industry executives, professional athletes, venture capitalists, and representatives from teams, leagues, agencies and players associations came together for the Athlete x Media Summit during Super Bowl LIV Week.  Produced by BrandForward and The Network Advisory during Super Bowl Week, Athlete x Media was designed for networking and in-depth conversation centered around the intersection of sports, athletes and media. In addition to the summit, the […]

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