This is an exciting time to work in sports media. More networks exist than ever before and that growth is showing no signs of stopping.
The thirst for sports content – on 24-hour sports cable channels, league, team and conference networks, national talk radio outlets, and across new and exciting digital platforms – appears to be insatiable. IF is well-aligned to position its clients to maximize their potential in this burgeoning environment. These clients include play-by-play announcers for high-profile events like the NCAA Tournament and World Series; NFL studio and game analysts; former baseball players turned commentators; college basketball’s top media personalities; golf analysts; NHL reporters; and network television studio and radio talk show hosts.
Flip through your thousands of channels and live televised games each night, and you are likely to encounter IF clients at every turn.
IF Client Since 1998
“Steve Herz and I met thru a neighbor of mine in 1994 when I was working exclusively in Canada; at first we struck up a friendship, which eventually led to a business relationship. I have been an IF client for almost 20 years, and consider myself very lucky to have been with them for that long. The people at IF are hard-working, conscientious and represent me in a way in which I am extremely comfortable. I want an advocate, but I don’t want an unnecessarily contentious relationship with my employer, and I never have to worry about that with IF. They are always looking out for me and my best interests. Whether it’s something relating to my contract, my work responsibilities, or anything else, be it professional, or personal, I know that the people at IF have my back.”
IF Client Since 2005
“It’s hard to put into words the admiration and appreciation I have for the IF Management family. I do not look at them as my agent but my friend. They genuinely care about me as a friend first and a client second. In transitioning to a career in broadcasting I wanted someone that was in it with me and they didn’t disappoint. They are much more than my representative; they are my partners in helping me fulfill my potential as an analyst, in a similar manner in which I tried to help my players reach their potential. I would recommend them to anyone that wants a team that cares about both them and their careers.”
Dave RevsineBig Ten Network
IF Client Since 1996
“Why would I recommend IF Management? Well, from a professional perspective, they’ve helped me achieve my goals—moving me from the weekend sports anchor at the worst station in the 88th market to ESPN in a span of just seven months and a decade later to main host at Big Ten Network. But it was how they did it that set IF apart. Steve set into motion his own plan for marketing me, a plan that didn’t include trying to make me fit in with the crowd. He marketed me, not my tape. He didn’t just send me on a reel with 25 other sports guys. He targeted specific jobs he felt I would be a good fit for, eventually helping to get me offers at CNNSI and ESPNews. He did this by emphasizing the things that made me unique, a pitch that included, among other things, my record of academic achievement (which other agents had told me to remove from my resume and “dummy myself down.”) To me, this is what sets IF Management apart from the crowd. They represent only those people they believe in, get to know them as individuals, and market them based on their own unique set of strengths. Signing with IF was the best professional decision I’ve ever made.”
Greg AmsingerMLB Network
IF Client Since 2003
“When you’re looking for the right agent and management team, people often tell you to find the ‘right fit.’ You want to know, ‘Where’s my Jerry Maguire?’
For me, IF Management has always been about three things:
Friendship. This team takes on clients they respect. They want to nurture a relationship that’s mutual and long-lasting. They know it all starts with a foundation of truly caring about their clients… their lives, their families, their dreams. I’ll never forget meeting Steve in person for the first time. He returned from a business trip, walked into his own apartment and saw me, my wife and 5-month-old daughter sitting in his living room! Since we didn’t know anyone in NYC, he offered us his apartment while we looked for our own home. Incredible.
Intuition. When an agent considers your career, they need to get a feel for you and where you’re going. IF knows how to get to the heart of me. They consider my goals, but also how I can surpass them. IF has taught me to avoid the word complacency.
Truth. The strongest agent and client relationships rely on giving it to each other straight. This group told me up front the hard truths AND the good news. Truth is what makes me trust IF Management above all else.
Not everyone can be a client of IF Management, but everyone should want what we have. It’s much more than a business relationship. These are friendships for a lifetime.”
Damon HackGolf Channel
IF Client Since 2010
“I am so happy to be represented by IF Management, an agency that treats me more like a family member than a client. Through IF’s efforts I have landed a terrific broadcast job in a field I love and have been represented in a way that reflects my values. I feel lucky knowing that I have an agency that has my back and holds my best interests at heart. I imagine that elsewhere these kinds of relationships are hard to come by. At IF, they are commonplace.”
Dan HellieNFL Network
IF Client Since 1999
“Everybody in this business has heard those nightmare stories about managers. You know, the one’s where they promise you NYC and deliver Buffalo. You sign with them and you end up finding your own job and still have to pay through the nose. As a young sports anchor I was expecting Jerry Maguire or Arliss, when I initially met Steve Herz. What I found was a guy who not only knows the television business, but knows the “people business” as well. He didn’t spend a round of golf (our first meeting) promising me dreams of grandeur. Steve didn’t break out a client list and say this is what we can do for you. Right after his first duck hook into the woods, he wanted to know the who’s, what, when, and where’s about me. A few weeks later I signed up and the rest—now fifteen years later—is history. They have a great feel for the game, and have devised a game plan that has worked for me. They have supported me both professionally and personally -half the company was even at my wedding. These guys are the complete package as managers and as people.”