NEW YORK, NEW YORK – June 20, 2019 – VaynerSports, the New York and Los Angeles based sports agency founded by entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk, announced today that Andrew Brandt has joined as Executive Vice President. Brandt is one of the most respected and accomplished voices in sports business, academia and media.
“Brandt provides a unique perspective on league and player negotiations, sports policy, player finance and other key business aspects of sports,” said AJ Vaynerchuk, CEO of VaynerSports “We are very excited to welcome Andrew to our team and to take VaynerSports to the next level as we continue to stay on the cutting edge of the sports industry.”
Brandt has extensive experience in the sports industry. He is Executive Director of the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at Villanova University Law School, leading one of the nation’s premiere sports education programs. He hosts the renowned weekly podcast “The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt,”taking listeners behind the curtain of the sport industry. In addition, he writes a weekly column on the business of football for Sports Illustrated’s the MMQB.com and serves as NFL business insider for Amazon Prime’s streaming of Thursday Night Football. Brandt also served as ESPN’s Legal and Business Analyst from 2011-2017.
After graduating Stanford and Georgetown Law School, Brandt represented NFL and NBA players for both ProServ (working with athletes such as Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Boomer Esiason), and Woolf Associates (working with, among others, Ricky Williams, Matt Hasselbeck and Adam Vinatieri). He was the first general manager for the NFL World League’s Barcelona Dragons. In 1999, Brandt moved to the NFL when he joined the Green Bay Packers as Vice President, negotiating all player contracts and managing the team’s Salary Cap for almost a decade.
Brandt was introduced to VaynerSports via their Partner and Verified NFL Agent, Brandon Parker. Brandt and Brandon’s father, legendary agent, the late Eugene Parker, had a close relationship for 30 years during which time Eugene served as a mentor and friend in the industry to Brandt. Brandon foresaw the pivotal impact Brandt could have on the agency and connected him to AJ and Gary Vaynerchuk.
“I’d been approached by several sports agencies over the years to join as a senior executive, and have respectfully declined,” says Brandt. “Gary and AJ, however, presented a differentiated offer with added value. While lending my experience and expertise to the growing representation side, I also hope to leverage Gary’s expansive audience to scale my own Business of Sports content. An opportunity to tap into unique speaking engagements, entrepreneurial gatherings and other ‘next’ projects, whether individually or alongside Gary, made too much sense to pass up.”
VaynerSports co-founder, Brian McLaughlin commented, “As a leader in the sports industry, Brandt will be instrumental in continuing to grow the VaynerSports team. His experience, especially from his time on the team side, is invaluable. Andrew will be a strong advocate for our clients, combining his knowledge and passion to achieve top results.”
With Brandt joining VaynerSports, the power-dynamics that Brandon, AJ, and Brandt generate come together harmoniously to build out a top-tier football team. Brandt begins his role at VaynerSports with immediate effect.
VaynerSports is a first-class, innovative full-service NFL agency equipped to handle any situation for clients, no matter how complex. The Agency For The Modern Athlete. As a fully-integrated agency, they are uniquely positioned to maximize the modern athlete’s potential by combining the knowledge and talents of skilled advocates, with the marketing and brand building expertise of two cutting edge business innovators in Gary and AJ Vaynerchuk.
For more information, visit: https://www.instagram.com/vaynersports/
For further inquiries please contact:
Justin J. Giangrande, Executive Vice President