I initially reached out to Leigh Steinberg for an interview because we have a poignant shared connection: last summer, after years of screwing my own stuff up via drinking too much, I also gave it up after battling against it for a long time. So did he, and he struggled with the process too.
Now, we don’t actually discuss alcoholism in this interview — it’s more a look at his career (check out his client list), the agent field as it has evolved, the income disparity between pro athletes and educators, and why athletes have a responsibility to give back.
It was a pleasure to speak with Mr. Steinberg, and I hope you guys enjoy this interview. If you want to see an old-school CNN clip where Steinberg talks about the art of negotiation (because I’m sure you do), here it is: