The Sports International Group, Inc. football division is a full service management company. We are unique to the sports management world because our roots are an equal mixture of certified contract negotiation, personality marketing and endorsements, and all aspects of financial management. Our goal is to maximize your annual income and net worth as well as build your portfolio to insure financial security long after the conclusion of your career as a professional athlete. We strongly believe in putting our client’s needs above everything else. Our approach to client service is geared to ensure that you and your family will maintain a high quality of life long after your playing days are over. Your SIG team is built around you and your individual needs. Together, we’ll maximize your income and net worth and help you realize your goals. Uncle Sam can sometimes be an unwelcome relative. We’ll help you through the maze and maximize your liabilities. The scouting combine is your NFL job interview. We’ll get you ready both physically and mentally.
Personality Marketing & Endorsements
There’s a difference between being a gifted athlete and a marketable personality. At SIG, we can help clients showcase their best “people skills.” One way to do this is to encourage our clients to become involved in their communities. Another way is to retain speech or acting coaches for clients when necessary. Still another way is to retain publicists to maximize public exposure opportunities. All this may seem more “showbiz” than sports oriented, but the lines between the two worlds are very thin indeed. At SIG we are always on the lookout for marketing possibilities, from athletic apparel endorsements and other national advertising contracts to local appearances and community oriented activities. Our creative drive has led to many new opportunities for our clients and their friends and families.
When SIG sits down at the bargaining table with a future employer on your behalf, it’s good to know you’ve got proven experience on your side. Experience that has made us one of the top sports management companies in the u.s. Experience that includes generating a signing bonus for a client that was the largest in the history of the NFL franchise with whom we were dealing. SIG has a solid knowledge of the NFL collective bargaining agreement. We perform extensive research on prior year contracts, the current rookie cap and the overall salary ceiling for each team. We are equipped with statistical and other data to negotiate the best possible contract on your behalf. And since SIG is home to both a certified public accountant and a certified contract negotiator, we are able to structure contracts that not only meet financial needs, but also minimize tax burden.
Negotiating the best possible contract is only part of the picture. After the contract has been signed, your money needs to be administered properly. We educate our clients on how to live within their means, make smart investments and financially prepare for life after sports. Ultimately, you the client have full control over your finances. But since we have been serving clients for several years, we are experienced in the highs, lows, achievable goals and unrealistic expectations sudden wealth can mean.
Annual Tax Preparation
SIG has prepared hundreds of federal and state income tax returns for professional athletes. We’re experts in preparing tax returns and our cost for this service is included in our fees for contract negotiation. In other words, there’s no hidden charge for this service. Athletes frequently have distinct and complex financial issues and nobody knows how to untie and explain these issues better than SIG. It’s also good to know that the people who do your taxes are the same people implementing and administering your financial plans. We supply each client with a monthly statement – a careful system of checks and balances to ensure your financial team is working together and that your interests are being well-served.
Combine & NFL Draft Preparation
The scouting combine and the NFL Draft represent your entryway into the NFL. SIG will help you prepare both physically and mentally for the rigors of the workouts. We’ll match you with a special weight and speed training program to increase your performance. We’ll review and run down all the position drills so you’ll go in with the confidence of knowing exactly what’s expected. And we’ll schedule your team workouts so you’re always performing at your best.
- Preparation for team interviews
- Real estate acquisition and financing
- Assistance in obtaining a line of credit
- Individual estate and gift tax planning
- Bank account reconciliation and management
- Post sports career development
Coming out of Temple I was looking for an agent who was trustworthy and loyal as I entered the 2011 NFL Draft. I can say that Chad Wiestling personifies all that and more. With Chad, I know I have a trusted agent in my corner for not only dealing with my contract and playing situation on the field but all of the non-football activities that surround a professional athlete. Chad has worked tirelessly in helping me achieve my goals, placing the right team around me and protecting me from the pitfalls all too many athletes can’t avoid. Above all, I know that whether it be in negotiations, marketing deals, financial decisions or personal issues; Chad’s motivations stem from what’s best for my family and I; not what suits his best interest.
Chad Wiestling has been my agent for 10+ years, he has close ties with all 32 NFL teams and has helped orchestrate over 40 workouts over the course of that time. He is not only a trusted buisness partner but I consider Chad a member of the family. Chad has been on both sides as a former college and professional player along with having worked as a NFL scout learning all the intricacies of the Buisness. Chad is a leader and a great person.