Leigh W. Steinberg
Leigh W. Steinberg is the Founder and CEO of Steinberg Sports and Entertainment and an American sports agent who has successfully negotiated over $2 billion in contracts for professional athletes in football, baseball, basketball, boxing, and Olympic sports. Leigh earned a B.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
Leigh was born and raised in Los Angeles by his parents, a teacher and librarian. He obtained both his undergraduate and law degree from Cal where he was student body president during each tenure. In addition to his record setting precedent as an NFL agent, Leigh diversified his practice by expanding to MLB and the NBA where he represented multiple first overall picks, all-stars and hall of famers. Furthermore, Leigh has represented other notable athletes such as Oscar De La Hoya and Lennox Lewis, as well as multiple Olympians and professional teams.
Leigh is easily distinguished from others within his profession by his passion for giving to those less fortunate and his endless campaign to make our world a better place. He has received commendations from Congress, State Senate, State Legislature, the Los Angeles City Council, the Orange County Board of Supervisors, President Reagan, President Bush and President Clinton.
Leigh has been named Man of the Year over a dozen times by a variety of groups including the March of Dimes, Cedars Sinai, the Southern California Boy, Scouts, the Orange County and Los Angeles Human Relations Commissions, the Orange County and Los Angeles divisions of the Anti-Defamation League, and several other professional and charitable organizations. He has also been awarded the “Keys to the City” in San Francisco, CA, Memphis, TN, Jacksonville, FL and Concord, CA.
His efforts to save the Giants led then San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan to declare “Leigh Steinberg Day” in the city. In 1994, then Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris utilized Leigh as a consultant in his successful bid to prevent the Oakland Athletics baseball club from relocating. Leigh also served as Co-Chairman of the “Save the Rams” committee in its attempt to keep the franchise from leaving Southern California and has been active in pursuits to attract a new football franchise to locate in Los Angeles.
Leigh is often credited as the inspiration for the Oscar winning film Jerry Maguire. In addition to receiving a production credit for the movie, Leigh also consulted on features such as Any Given Sunday, For Love of the Game, and Arli$$.
He has been featured on national television programs such as “60 Minutes,” “Larry King Live,” “Fox News,” “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” and many more. A host of magazines have covered him including Business Week, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, People, Forbes, Playboy, GQ and FHM.
Additionally, he has supplied his expertise on the business of sports and athletes for “The Dan Patrick Show,” The Jim Rome Show,” and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” and multiple other radio and TV outlets. Leigh contributes a weekly column to Forbes, The Huffington Post, and the Daily Pilot, while occasionally contributing a guest column to The New York Times, Sporting News, and Yahoo Sports. In addition, Leigh has penned notable articles such as “The Future of Sports” for the Sports Business Journal, “Around the NFL in 80 Million Dollars” for Inside Sports Magazine and “The Future of Sport” for the Smithsonian Magazine.
Leigh wrote a best-selling book, Winning with Integrity, providing insight on how to improve life through non-confrontational negotiation. Furthermore, Leigh’s most recent book, The Agent: My 40-Year Career of Making Deals and Changing the Game, details his decades of dominance in the sports industry and sheds light on overcoming his personal struggles to launch his comeback.
Leigh has been rated the #6 Most Powerful Person in the NFL according to “Football Digest” and the #16 Most Powerful Person in Sports according to “Sporting News.” He resides in Newport Beach and has three children.
Jay L. Rogers
Jay L. Rogers is an investment management professional and entrepreneur with over two decades working in the financial services industry. His financial background began with a career on the sell side with such firms as Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargo and Bear Stearns. He later worked as Chief Investment Officer for a family office and made his transition to the buy side with a long only growth equity manager. For several years he also worked for an independent third party marketing firm raising money in both traditional and alternative asset classes.
Alpha Strategies was formed through a group of highly experienced investment professionals with a shared belief that boutique investment managers as well as qualified investors are still underserved in their access to deep domain expertise in alternative investments generating consistently high levels of “pure” alpha. It has since grown into a diversified financial services company with specialties in alternative investment consulting, management and marketing.
Jay is a trusted advisor to several family offices and is instrumental in syndicating private investment opportunities among family offices and institutional investors nationwide. These opportunities include real estate, private equity, and venture capital.
Jay acts as advisor to several Native American Tribal Nations in the area of economic development and investment opportunities. An advocate for tribal independence he has provided financial solutions to several tribes and is the founder of the Native Made Foundation, championing the purchase of goods and services originating on Native American Reservations.
Jay is also a frequent speaker at industry events on family office and alternative investment issues. He has appeared on CNN’s Your Money and is frequently quoted and interviewed for financial publications including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and NPR. He has presented to audiences at IMN, Opal Financial, IvyPlus, World Research Congress, Alternative Assets Summit and other investment conferences around the country. Jay is also a guest lecturer at USC Marshall School of Business. Jay also provides expert testimony for litigation involving securities industry issues.
Jay holds a BS from Northeastern University and is also a graduate of the USMC Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He holds multiple securities licenses and has completed professional courses in Advanced Estate Planning, Asset Allocation, and Retirement Planning. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Orange County (CFAOC). Currently residing in Ladera Ranch with his wife and three sons, he is active in his local community as President of the Board of Directors for Ladera Ranch Community Services (LARCS), a community services organization. Mr. Rogers is also an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 636 and is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and the Order of the Arrow.
- 2012 International Hedge Fund Awards – Rising Star of Hedge Funds
- 2013 AI Finance Awards winner – Investment Consultancy (California)
- 2014 International Hedge Fund Awards – Family Office Choice: Consultancy Firm of the Year
- 2014 International Hedge Fund Awards – Sustained Excellence Award – Hybrid Private Equity/Hedge Fund Advisory Firm of the Year
- 2015 M&A Awards – Excellence in Private Equity Investments (USA)
Christopher J. Cabott
Christopher J. Cabott is an entertainment, sports, and media attorney, as well as a National Football League player agent. He earned a B.A. from LaSalle University and J.D. from Widener University School of Law. With specific attention to football, Chris represents current players Andrew Quarless (TE, Green Bay Packers), Zach Miller (TE, Chicago Bears), Eric Kush (OL, Kansas City Chiefs), Chris Greenwood (DB, Baltimore Ravens), Brandian Ross (DB, Oakland Raiders), Karim Barton (OL, Cleveland Browns), Ian Wild (DB, Pittsburgh Steelers), RJ Archer (QB, Seattle Seahawks), Ben Beckwith (OL, Mississippi State, 2015 NFL Draft Scout), Taylor Heinicke (QB, Old Dominion, 2015 NFL Draft Scout), and Khari Lee (TE, Bowie State, 2015 NFL Draft Scout).
Chris also represents former players Ronnie Cameron (DT, Cleveland Browns), Alex Gottlieb (TE, Arizona Cardinals), Quinn Barham (OL, Detroit Lions), Aaron Bates (P, Pittsburgh Steelers), Boris Lee (LB, Jacksonville Jaguars), Chase Turner (P/K, Chicago Bears), Darrell Blackman (RB/KR/PR, Green Bay Packers), Rory Thomas (OL, Detroit Lions), Deric Yaussi (K, Buffalo Bills), and Bobby Kelsey (P, Philadelphia Eagles).
In addition, Chris represents a number of athletes as an attorney and as a consultant. Those athletes include Raheem Brock (DL, Seattle Seahawks (Retired), Chansi Stuckey (WR, New York Jets (Retired), and Dan Klecko (DT, Indianapolis Colts (Retired).
Chris is an adjunct instructor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business, where he teaches sports law. He is the co-author of Keeping Out the Little Guy: An Older Contract Advisor’s Concern, a Younger Contract Advisor’s Lament (2005 Villanova Law Journal) and The Legal and Business Aspects of Sport Management (2012 Kendall Hunt Publishers). Both publications address the laws and rules governing the representation of NFL athletes. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on Sports and Entertainment Law and Sports Lawyers Association.
Chris also has financial experience with substantial experience in music, film, television, and media industries. He has over seventy RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Records from representing various recording artists, song writers, producers, engineers, and music publishers. He oversees Jimmy Rollins Entertainment Group LLC, which is a boutique music publishing company as owned by All-Star Shortstop Jimmy Rollins of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The catalog includes copyrights to songs recorded by Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, Mary J Blige, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Tyga, Wiz Khalifa, Lupe Fiasco, and French Montana. Chris has originated, done due diligence, and enclosed all of the asset purchase agreements behind those copyrights.
Chris represents a number of entrepreneurs that have sought to diversify their wealth from traditional industry, such as investing in commercial real estate, hedge funds, and finance management, into various entertainment assets involving closed market product in music, film, television, and hand written law suits. Chris has been counseled into five independent films that have received distribution and recently sold the life story rights of an athlete to Columbia Pictures.
Chris’ television and media practice includes talent and production companies that have been involved with E!, Bravo, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, TLC, A&E, MTV, VH1, BET, CNN, and NHLN.
Chris is a frequent speaker at various colleges, universities, and events throughout the country on various topics of sports and entertainment. Chris resides in both Los Angeles, CA and Philadelphia, PA with his wife Jane.
James Wynne is a Senior Consultant at Alpha Strategies overseeing media, entertainment, and sports investment opportunities. He provides board level guidance to companies and identifies and sources opportunities in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) and Sports industries. James has sourced capital, advised on M&A transactions, consulted on sports team acquisition and content distribution deals, and driven business development for clients with leading media companies including Disney, Fox, AT&T/DirecTV, and NBC Universal. Prior to business school, he worked as an executive at the William Morris Agency, advising Fortune 500 companies and global brands including General Motors, Hilton Hotels, and the NFL. James began his career developing film projects for Offspring Entertainment, a production company with an overhead deal at Walt Disney Studios. He holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a MBA from Columbia Business School. James lives in Los Angeles and sits on the Southern California Alumni Boards for UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business and Columbia Business School.