'Jerry Maguire' Sports Agent Leigh Steinberg to Pen Memoir (Exclusive)

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The book is tentatively scheduled for release in winter 2014 by St. Martin's Press.

St. Martin's Press has acquired North American print and electronic rights to a memoir by Leigh Steinberg, the sports agent who is credited as the inspiration for Tom Cruise's titular character in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire

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The book, which will be co-written by author Michael Arkush, is tentatively scheduled to be released by St. Martin's Press' Thomas Dunne Books imprint in winter 2014.

Steinberg was once a top sports agent, representing the likes of NFL stars Steve Young, Warren Moon and Troy Aikman before his career was derailed by a series of professional and personal setbacks. Steinberg has struggled with alcoholism and a recent bankruptcy.

The book will detail Steinberg's effort to reclaim his lost status and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the world of professional sports. Steinberg continues to pursue work via his Steinberg Sports and Entertainment firm.

The memoir wouldn't be the sports agent's first book: Steinberg co-wrote Winning With Integrity: Getting What You're Worth Without Selling Your Soul, a 1998 book about the process of negotiation.

St. Martin's Press senior editor Rob Kirkpatrick is shepherding the project. WME negotiated the deal. 

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