What sets Elite Sports Group apart from the rest?
- With more than 40 years in the player-representation business, the combined experience of the ESG staff ranks among the most extensive in the industry.
- The staff of ESG has represented more than 50 current and former Major Leaguers, including 10 All-Stars, 2 league MVPs and 3 Cy Young Award winners.
- Additionally, ESG maintains long-term, professional working relationships with the GMs, domestic and International scouting directors, player development personnel, and scouts of all 30 MLB teams.
- For more than 25 years, the staff of ESG has acted as advisors for amateur players, ranging from high school to top NCAA Division I schools across the country, throughout the amateur draft process.
- The players advised by the staff at ESG have consistently attained signing bonuses above the norm (or so-called slot), and in some cases have obtained Major League contracts out of the draft.
- ESG's extensive experience and expertise in contract negotiation and salary arbitration allow its clients to maximize their signing bonus and contract potential.
- Other "non-attorney" sports agencies have retained the principals of ESG to handle their high-profile arbitration cases and free-agency contracts.
- ESG's staff has negotiated player contracts totaling more than $300 million, some notable of which are:
- Barry Bonds' 1993-1998 San Francisco Giants free-agency contract of $43,750,000 - at the time, the largest baseball contract ever obtained
- Bobby Bonilla's 1992-1996 New York Mets free-agency contract of $29,000,000 - at the time making Bonilla the highest paid player in baseball
- Luis Valbuena's current 2017-2018 Los Angeles Angels free-agency contract of $15,000,000
- The staff of ESG has represented salary arbitration eligible players from 1975 through 2017, and over that period has prepared more than 35 salary arbitration cases - many of which have gone to a hearing.
- Some of the notable salary arbitration successes under the ESG staff's representation include:
- Ron Cey's win in 1976, one of the earliest baseball player arbitration victories and the only arbitration victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers until Fernando Valenzuela
- Bret Saberhagen's win in 1986, as the 1985 AL Cy Young Award winner - at the time, the largest salary percentage increase in baseball arbitration history
- Jose Canseco in 1989 and 1990, both settled just prior to a hearing
- Dwight Gooden in 1986, as the NL CY Young Award winner, and again in 1987 - both settled just prior to a hearing
ENDORSEMENTS / EQUIPMENT
- ESG's extensive relationships with equipment companies allow it to consistently achieve favorable endorsement contracts and to obtain the finest equipment for its players.
PERSONAL ATTENTION AND FULL SERVICE
- ESG's decision to remain a "boutique-style" agency benefits each and every client by allowing the staff to offer personal attention, on a "24 / 7" basis, that larger agencies do not provide.
- ESG prides itself in offering a wide range of services for its clients, including arranging for income tax preparation, and financial and legal guidance.
- The staff's detailed knowledge of Major League Baseball's rules and regulations, including Amateur Draft, Rule 5 Draft, option periods and waivers substantially benefits each ESG client.
- From the day each ESG client signs his first contract with a Major League team, ESG is committed to help the player improve in order to reach the ultimate goal of becoming a successful Major Leaguer.
PLAYER PUBLICITY / MARKETING
- ESG has an impressive track record in securing and managing player publicity and marketing opportunities for its clients, including:
- TV and radio interviews
- TV and radio commercials, and print advertising
- Card contracts with major trading card companies
- Personal appearances such as autograph signings at card shows and conventions
- ESG's relationships with teams in many foreign countries, including Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Mexico and Italy, have allowed ESG to place numerous players overseas, affording them an option in addition to Major League Baseball.
- ESG also has an impressive history in representing players from all over the world, including Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Korea, Australia, Italy, South Africa, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands.