Q&A with Our President Steve Herz

In an interview with David J. Halberstam, Steve talks about his start in the agency world as well as some of the talent he represents. He also goes on to answer questions regarding how broadcasters can be successful in the industry and what he does to help his clients achieve their goals. Check out the article below : https://www.sportsannouncersreportcard.com/blog/qa-with-steve-herz 

IF Clients on the Call this Bowl Season

Lots of IF clients will be calling games across all networks for this college football bowl season. Here is a preview of all of the games that our clients will be calling:

 

Saturday December 16th:

-Jason Benetti- 1 PM- Troy vs. North Texas (ESPN)

-Carter Blackburn- 2:30 PM- Georgia State University vs. Western Kentucky University (CBSSN)

-Anish Shroff- 4:30 PM- Marshall vs. Colorado State (ESPN)

 

Thursday December 21st:

-Anish Shroff- 8 PM- Temple vs. Florida International (ESPN)

 

Saturday December 23rd:

-Tom Hart- 12 PM- Texas Tech vs. South Florida (ESPN)

 

Tuesday December 26th:

-Jason Benetti- 9 PM- Kansas State vs UCLA (ESPN)

 

Wednesday December 27th:

-Anish Shroff- 1:30 PM- Southern Mississippi vs. Florida State (ESPN)

 

Thursday December 28th:

-Anthony Becht- 5:15PM- Virginia Tech vs Oklahoma State (ESPN)

 

Friday December 29th:

-Jason Benetti- 1 PM- Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M (ESPN)

-Mike Corey- 4:30 PM- Kentucky vs. Northwestern (ESPN Radio)

-Brock Huard- 8:30 PM- USC vs. Ohio State (ESPN)

 

Saturday December 30th:

-Dave Flemming, Anthony Becht- 8 PM- Wisconsin vs. Miami (ESPN Radio)

-Tom Hart- 12 PM- Louisville vs. Mississippi State (ESPN)

 

Monday January 1st:

-Dave Flemming, Brock Huard- 12:30 PM- UCF vs. Auburn (ESPN)

-Tom Hart-12:30 PM- UCF vs. Auburn (ESPN Radio)

-Anthony Becht- 1 PM- Notre Dame vs. No. 17 LSU (ESPN Radio)

-Holly Rowe- 8:45 PM- Alabama vs. Clemson (ESPN)

 

Monday January 8th:

-Holly Rowe- 8 PM College Football National Championship (ESPN Radio)

 

IF Management/The Montag Group Merges with Vision Sports

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IF Management/The Montag Group is merging its talent representation and consulting business with Vision Sports. The combined companies will work under The Montag Group name moving forward, while the IF name will remain as the news division of The Montag Group. We are very excited about this joint partnership and are looking forward to many successful years to come!

The complete press release can be found below.

VIA Sports Business Journal:

Ten months after merging its talent operations with IF Management, The Montag Group merged with another agency: Vision Sports run by Maury Gostfrand.

The combined companies will work under The Montag Group name.

“A lot of people thought that The Montag Group would be a boutique agency,” said Sandy Montag, who founded the company in 2014. “We’ve developed into a medium-sized agency. In the world we live, I like the size we are now. We’re not a one-man operation. We’re not worldwide. But we have a really good imprint in the industry.”

Montag said the merger will give the company increased bargaining power when negotiating several talent deals with networks rather than one at a time.

“It gives you a bigger power base of information knowledge,” Montag said. “It’s more on the brainstorming and sharing of information.”

Montag, who worked with IMG until he broke off on his own three years ago, comes to the venture with some of the biggest names in sports broadcasting, people like Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, Mike Tirico and Scott Van Pelt.

IF Management’s Steve Herz (Dan Shulman, Brian Anderson) and Gostfrand (Kenny Smith, Jay Glazer) also have big-name clients. Montag said Herz and Gostfrand have been effective at finding new talent.

“Steve and Maury have a great ability to find sports broadcasters when they are on their way up with a ton of upside,” Montag said. “When I started my own, we had 65 really good clients. I believe in playing a little more defense sometimes. If you have great clients, you want to make sure they are happy as opposed to trying to find someone coming out of Utica, New York.”

The newly merged company signed three new clients, including former Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell, NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen and NFL Network’s David Carr.

Since January, the merged company operated under two names: The Montag Group and IF Management. Now, everything will be branded under The Montag Group except for IF Management’s news division, which will retain the IF brand, Montag said.

To access the press release on SBJ's website, click here (subscription required). 

Adam Zucker profiled on OZY

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Adam Zucker, the lead college sports anchor for CBS Sports and the main anchor for CBS Sports Network, was recently profiled on OZY.com in the website's sports vertical, "The Huddle."

In the feature, Zucker talks about his role at CBS Sports, how he got into the sports broadcasting business and his love of disc golf and Phish.

To read the full article, click here.

Chantel McCabe featured in Golf Digest Q+A

McCabe at this year's Solheim Cup in Des Moines.

McCabe at this year's Solheim Cup in Des Moines.

IF client Chantel McCabe joined Golf Channel in 2016 and is off to a flying start, covering some of the sport's biggest tournaments and interviewing many of the top young players in the game in her first year on the job.

Golf Digest recently spoke with Chantel as part of its "Golfers We Like" online series. The conversation covered Chantel's most memorable moments on the job, her own golf game, her adjustment to life on the road and much more.

Click here for the full interview.