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WME Sports has hired NFL agent Ben Renzin away from CAA Sports to co-lead its football representation business.
Renzin will share leadership of the division with another NFL agent, Brian Ayrault, who came over from CAA Sports in early September 2020. WME Sports hired Ayrault after he represented Aaron Donald, Joe Burrow, Joey Bosa, Nick Bosa, Ryan Tannehill and Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien.
Renzin has also represented top NFL players, including D.K. Metcalf, Tremaine Edmunds, Terrell Edmunds, Isaiah Wynn, Justin Jefferson, Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, and in all 12 first-round NFL draft picks.
With the hire of Renzin, WME Sports is continuing its move into the on-field football representation business after in the past representing star athletes for marketing and other contract work away from the football field.
“Ben is a dynamic agent for a new era of athletes who uniquely understands what it takes to build businesses for his clients. Ben and Brian Ayrault are a powerful combination with an impeccable track record, and we look forward to all they’ll accomplish as part of WME Sports,” Jordan Bazant, co-head of WME Sports, said in a statement.
The Hollywood agency has represented marketable football players off the field as they sought entertainment and endorsement deals. But WME Sports hiring Renzin and Ayrault signals it is stepping up its game working for star players preparing for the league draft or needing new contracts.
“I’ve been so impressed by all WME Sports has been building these past few years, and as I began thinking about the next chapter for me and my clients, this was a natural fit. The resources and expertise available across WME Sports and the broader Endeavor network are second to none, and I am excited to help create a best-in-class representation option for the top football players, executives and coaches in the world,” Renzin said in his own statement.
Moving deeper into the on-field football representation business also drives WME beyond its traditional business of working for A-list actors, writers and directors in Hollywood. WME Sports already represents NFL players off the field, including marketable stars like Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill, Matthew Stafford, DeAndre Hopkins and Christian McCaffrey.
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