Spieth and his agent Danzi re-emerge at Endeavor
Endeavor, formerly WME-IMG, the combined Hollywood talent agency and international sports and entertainment company, will henceforth represent Jordan Spieth, one of the world’s top golfers, following its appointment of experienced sports agent Jay Danzi.
It was announced today that Danzi (pictured, left) had joined WME as a partner, bringing with him US star Spieth (right) who will be looked after by both WME and IMG.
The 24-year-old Spieth, the world number three, was on the market after it emerged last month that Danzi was leaving the Lagardère Sports agency where he held the position of US chief operating officer.
Danzi, a former IMG employee, will be joined at WME by members of his team including Jordan Lewites and Laura Moses and various consulting clients, as well as Spieth, and look to develop new business opportunities across the entire Endeavor network as part of his new role.
Patrick Whitesell, executive chairman of Endeavor, said: “Jordan is a world-class talent, and we're excited to welcome him to the family. When you look at what he and Jay have already accomplished and consider WME and IMG's ability to amplify Jordan's reach across entertainment and sports, the possibilities are endless.
“Additionally, in adding Jay and his team of creative, strategic executives to the fold, we're increasing our expertise across brand strategy, sales, talent management and corporate consulting. I look forward to all we're going to accomplish together.”
Danzi added: “Jordan, my team and I are excited about joining forces with everyone at WME, IMG and the broader Endeavor network. Their incredible expertise and resources will help us navigate the ever-evolving media landscape and allow us to continue advancing Jordan’s highly respected brand, especially in non-traditional avenues. Additionally, I’m looking forward to collaborating with senior leadership on various new projects and ventures.”
In 2012, Danzi founded Forefront Sports Group, a golf start-up focused on client management, consulting and digital, but Lagardère acquired Danzi’s services and Forefront’s clients in 2013, and the agent became US chief operating officer at the start of last year.
Danzi was previously managing director and senior vice-president at Wasserman, and vice-president and global head of recruiting for IMG’s golf business.
The agent pursued Spieth as the latter starred at the University of Texas, and has overseen his various business affairs, including lucrative sponsorship contracts with the likes of Under Armour, AT&T, Rolex and Coca-Cola.
In his short professional career Spieth has already won three majors, and came close to a fourth at The Masters this month, finishing third behind champion Patrick Reed.