MBK Sports Management Group LLC

Experience and Expertise.
Redefined.

The credentials, expertise and experience of our management team are second to none.

Our management team is comprised of high character, dynamic individuals who have achieved excellence at the highest levels of their academic, athletic and professional careers.

Meet The Team
Photo courtesy of Rick Wilson / Jacksonville Jaguars

Our Team

The MBK Difference

We have a proven track record of pre-draft success with unheralded, off-the-radar players who get drafted and make 53 man rosters by leveraging our resources, NFL contacts and dynamic marketing methodology.
We were the first NFL agency to negotiate 53 man roster base salary for a practice squad player in 2002.
At various points in time, we held the honor of negotiating contracts for the highest paid running back and defensive player in league history.

Our Team

Our Management Team

Eugene T. Lee

President

When Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock was hired to direct an ESPN Films documentary (“The Dotted Line”) about the inside world of sports agents, he chose Eugene Lee as the NFL agent to be featured. Why? Mr. Lee is quickly making a name for himself as a premier NFL sports agent, and in the words of Spurlock, many expect him to be the next “powerhouse” agent.



Nothing has ever been handed to Mr. Lee, who picked up his first clients while playing pickup basketball in law school at Notre Dame, where Mr. Lee also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Accountancy. After practicing law in New York City for four years where he specialized in the practice areas of intellectual property, licensing, branding, outsourcing and information technology, Mr. Lee founded his first NFL player representation agency – ETL Associates, Inc. From meeting his first clients on the hardwood, Mr. Lee has represented over forty NFL players over the past decade. With over seventeen years of experience as an NFLPA certified contract advisor, Mr. Lee has gained a vast understanding and in-depth knowledge of the legal and business aspects of NFL player representation including the drafting and negotiation of player contracts, injury settlements and endorsement and sponsorship agreements. Mr. Lee is a member in good standing of the Bars of the State of New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

As a frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, Mr. Lee has become widely recognized and respected as an industry expert on NFL player contracts, the salary cap, the collective bargaining agreement and athlete branding. Mr. Lee has spoken at law schools nationwide, including Harvard and Notre Dame, and has published numerous op-eds in national and international publications.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, J.D., May 1998
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, B.B.A., Accountancy, May 1995

Honors

  • Summa Cum Laude - University of Notre Dame
  • Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honorary Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi - Accounting Honorary Society
  • 4.0 in Accountancy major
  • Dean’s List (all semesters) - University of Notre Dame
  • American Jurisprudence Award (highest grade) – Notre Dame Law School (Civil Procedure I)
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Eagle Scout

Television Appearances

  • ESPN Films, “The Dotted Line” ESPN
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “The Popularity and Controversy of Tim Tebow
  • CNN, “Super Bowl, Super Agents
  • Bloomberg, “Manning to Benefit Most from Giants Win, Lee Says
  • Fox Business News, “How Do You Groom a Sports Star
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Can Tim Tebow Take Gotham By Storm
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Are Sports Agents the Problem for Broke Athletes
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “NFL Team Owners Established Secret Salary Cap
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “What Will Happen to the Penn State Players
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “NFL Season Kicks Off with Replacement Referees
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Has the A-Rod Deal Been Worth It for the Yankees
  • Worldwide Exchange, CNBC, “Marketing Gold in Notre Dame vs. Alabama Title Game
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Argument Arises to Pay College Athletes
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “The Re-Branding of Lance Armstrong
  • World Business Today, CNN International, “The Economic Impact of Super Bowl XLVII
  • Fox Business News, “Legal Analysis of the Concussion Lawsuits Filed by Former NFL Players
  • The Street TV, “The Business of the NFL Draft
  • Bloomberg, “The Financial Reality of Professional Football
  • Fox Business News, “Breaking Down the First Round of the NFL Draft
  • Bloomberg, “NFL Economics: A Small Window to Big Dollars
  • Bloomberg, “Who Needs Big Super Bowl Performances to Boost Pay
  • Bloomberg, “How NFL Teams Maximize Value in Free Agency
  • Fox Business News, “Northwestern Football Players Win Bid to Unionize
  • CNN, “Can NBA Owners Force Donald Sterling to Sell the Clippers
  • Bloomberg, “Analyzing the NFL Draft and Economic Implications of the new CBA
  • The Street TV, “Analysis and Predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft
  • CNN, “Legal Analysis of the Donald Sterling Saga
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “Former Players Sue the NFL Over Concussions
  • Fox Business News, “Legal Analysis of the O’Bannon Ruling
  • CNN, “Legal Analysis of the NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy
  • Fox Business News, “Fallout from the Ray Rice Scandal
  • The Street TV, “NFL Reaction to the Ray Rice Controversy
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “Brady Hoke Under Fire
  • CNN, “Deflategate and Tom Brady

Nothing has ever been handed to Mr. Lee, who picked up his first clients while playing pickup basketball in law school at Notre Dame, where Mr. Lee also earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Summa Cum Laude, in Accountancy. After practicing law in New York City for four years where he specialized in the practice areas of intellectual property, licensing, branding, outsourcing and information technology, Mr. Lee founded his first NFL player representation agency – ETL Associates, Inc. From meeting his first clients on the hardwood, Mr. Lee has represented over forty NFL players over the past decade. With over seventeen years of experience as an NFLPA certified contract advisor, Mr. Lee has gained a vast understanding and in-depth knowledge of the legal and business aspects of NFL player representation including the drafting and negotiation of player contracts, injury settlements and endorsement and sponsorship agreements. Mr. Lee is a member in good standing of the Bars of the State of New York, Southern District of New York, Eastern District of New York and Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

As a frequent guest on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC and Bloomberg, Mr. Lee has become widely recognized and respected as an industry expert on NFL player contracts, the salary cap, the collective bargaining agreement and athlete branding. Mr. Lee has spoken at law schools nationwide, including Harvard and Notre Dame, and has published numerous op-eds in national and international publications.

Education

  • University of Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, IN, J.D., May 1998
  • University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, B.B.A., Accountancy, May 1995

Honors

  • Summa Cum Laude - University of Notre Dame
  • Beta Gamma Sigma - Business Honorary Society
  • Beta Alpha Psi - Accounting Honorary Society
  • 4.0 in Accountancy major
  • Dean’s List (all semesters) - University of Notre Dame
  • American Jurisprudence Award (highest grade) – Notre Dame Law School (Civil Procedure I)
  • National Merit Scholar
  • Eagle Scout

Television Appearances

  • ESPN Films, “The Dotted Line” ESPN
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “The Popularity and Controversy of Tim Tebow
  • CNN, “Super Bowl, Super Agents
  • Bloomberg, “Manning to Benefit Most from Giants Win, Lee Says
  • Fox Business News, “How Do You Groom a Sports Star
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Can Tim Tebow Take Gotham By Storm
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Are Sports Agents the Problem for Broke Athletes
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “NFL Team Owners Established Secret Salary Cap
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “What Will Happen to the Penn State Players
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “NFL Season Kicks Off with Replacement Referees
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Has the A-Rod Deal Been Worth It for the Yankees
  • Worldwide Exchange, CNBC, “Marketing Gold in Notre Dame vs. Alabama Title Game
  • Varney & Co., Fox Business News, “Argument Arises to Pay College Athletes
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “The Re-Branding of Lance Armstrong
  • World Business Today, CNN International, “The Economic Impact of Super Bowl XLVII
  • Fox Business News, “Legal Analysis of the Concussion Lawsuits Filed by Former NFL Players
  • The Street TV, “The Business of the NFL Draft
  • Bloomberg, “The Financial Reality of Professional Football
  • Fox Business News, “Breaking Down the First Round of the NFL Draft
  • Bloomberg, “NFL Economics: A Small Window to Big Dollars
  • Bloomberg, “Who Needs Big Super Bowl Performances to Boost Pay
  • Bloomberg, “How NFL Teams Maximize Value in Free Agency
  • Fox Business News, “Northwestern Football Players Win Bid to Unionize
  • CNN, “Can NBA Owners Force Donald Sterling to Sell the Clippers
  • Bloomberg, “Analyzing the NFL Draft and Economic Implications of the new CBA
  • The Street TV, “Analysis and Predictions for the 2014 NFL Draft
  • CNN, “Legal Analysis of the Donald Sterling Saga
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “Former Players Sue the NFL Over Concussions
  • Fox Business News, “Legal Analysis of the O’Bannon Ruling
  • CNN, “Legal Analysis of the NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy
  • Fox Business News, “Fallout from the Ray Rice Scandal
  • The Street TV, “NFL Reaction to the Ray Rice Controversy
  • The Willis Report, Fox Business News, “Brady Hoke Under Fire
  • CNN, “Deflategate and Tom Brady

C. Lamont Smith

Senior Consultant

Prior to joining MBK, C. Lamont Smith was the President and founder of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, Inc., one of the most successful sports and entertainment management firms in the country. The New York Times has described Mr. Smith as “one of the most powerful agents in the country.”

In 1992, he became the first and only sports agent to grace the cover of the prestigious business magazine, Black Enterprise. Mr. Smith was also selected two years in a row by Sports Illustrated to its Top 100 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.

Mr. Smith’s Hall of Fame roster of clients includes Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions), Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), Eddie George (Tennessee Titans), Willie Roaf (New Orleans Saints), Samari Rolle (Baltimore Ravens), Braylon Edwards (Cleveland Browns), Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens), Trevor Pryce (Denver Broncos), Steve Atwater (Denver Broncos) and Pierre Thomas (San Francisco 49ers).

Mr. Smith graduated from Clark College magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Communications. He subsequently received his Juris Doctor from Howard University where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for scholastic excellence in the study of contracts.

In 1992, he became the first and only sports agent to grace the cover of the prestigious business magazine, Black Enterprise. Mr. Smith was also selected two years in a row by Sports Illustrated to its Top 100 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.

Mr. Smith’s Hall of Fame roster of clients includes Barry Sanders (Detroit Lions), Jerome Bettis (Pittsburgh Steelers), Eddie George (Tennessee Titans), Willie Roaf (New Orleans Saints), Samari Rolle (Baltimore Ravens), Braylon Edwards (Cleveland Browns), Derrick Mason (Baltimore Ravens), Trevor Pryce (Denver Broncos), Steve Atwater (Denver Broncos) and Pierre Thomas (San Francisco 49ers).

Mr. Smith graduated from Clark College magna cum laude with a B.A. degree in Communications. He subsequently received his Juris Doctor from Howard University where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for scholastic excellence in the study of contracts.

Pat VanHall, Esq.

Certified NFL Agent

Having worked for several sports and entertainment entities, I’ve learned that nothing is given in this industry. Everything is earned. That is my mentality each and every day when I go to work for our clients. MBK was built on honest hard work and that same work ethic is evident in every aspect of our client representation.

Patrick VanHall brings extensive experience in the sports and entertainment industry to MBK. Prior to joining MBK, Mr. VanHall worked for a prominent multi-sport conglomerate where he reviewed, negotiated and drafted various memorabilia and endorsement agreements for NFL players.

Mr. VanHall earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in Criminal Justice from Marist College where he served as team captain of the men’s NCAA Division I lacrosse team. Mr. VanHall went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from Pace University Law School where he served as chair of the sports and entertainment law society. Mr. VanHall is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar and an NFLPA certified contract advisor.

Lindsay Crook

Certified NFL Agent

My experience as a former professional athlete and college football player provides me with a first-hand perspective on the demands and pressures faced by our clients and allows me to provide support and guidance specifically tailored to their needs. It is my passion to help my fellow athletes and the family-like atmosphere at MBK is what it’s all about.

Lindsay Crook is originally from the Gold Coast, Australia where he enjoyed a successful career as a professional rugby player. During his professional career, Mr. Crook had the privilege of representing the Australian national team and began to develop sponsorship contacts all over the world. Following his passion for American football, Mr. Crook then emigrated to the United States, became a member of the University of Cincinnati Varsity Football Team and went on to earn his Master’s of Business Administration degree.

Mr. Crook brings versatility and diversity to the MBK team by offering our clients real-life business and brand development expertise. By utilizing his network of global sponsorship contacts, extensive training in player evaluation and background as a professional athlete, Mr. Crook leverages a well-rounded skill set to allow each one of our clients to reach his full potential.

Kaveh Akbari

Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Partnerships

I work diligently and tirelessly for our clients so their sole focus is on playing at their highest level on the field. My previous experience working in sales and hospitality at Madison Square Garden has helped me leverage my marketing background and passion for serving others into making client service at MBK Sports the best in the industry.

Kaveh Akbari believes in going the extra mile to ensure that the needs of our clients are handled in the most timely and professional manner possible. Mr. Akbari graduated magna cum laude from St. John’s University with a degree in Sport Management & Business and a minor in International Studies. Prior to joining MBK, Mr. Akbari worked at Madison Square Garden in premium ticket sales and corporate hospitality for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers and quickly became the highest revenue generating associate at MSG. Mr. Akbari also has extensive experience in player evaluation and athlete marketing from previous industry internships.

Mr. Akbari has a true enthusiasm for client relations and provides our clients with the utmost in service and responsiveness.

Marc Grelsamer

Director of Operations

When I joined MBK, I knew that I would be learning from the best in the industry. In such a competitive field, my objective is to continually uphold the values on which this company was founded and foster a true brotherhood among all members of our family, both agents and clients alike.

Marc Grelsamer exemplifies the meaning of “My Brother’s Keeper” in his exceptional work for MBK clients. Mr. Grelsamer graduated from Lafayette College with a double major in Psychology and French and was inducted into the Pi Delta Phi National French Honors Society. Prior to joining the MBK team, Mr. Grelsamer interned at Sports Wealth Asset Group and the Alberleen Group, a prominent investment banking firm, where he honed and sharpened his superb client relation skills.

In his role as Director of Operations, Mr. Grelsamer dedicates himself to ensuring that MBK clients always receive the first-class service and responsiveness they deserve; the extraordinary treatment that reinforces their standing as a valued member of the MBK client family.

Randy Fisher, Esq.

General Counsel

“Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of advising and successfully navigating clients through—without a shadow of doubt—their most significant, life-changing legal matters. MBK clients benefit from my unparalleled real-world legal experience, resilient work ethic, and unsurpassed competitive drive to provide support in achieving their dreams.”

For over a decade, Randy Fisher has earned the reputation as one of the best trial attorneys in the Midwest.  As General Counsel for MBK, our clients benefit from Mr. Fisher’s professional and systematic approach to legal representation, his remarkable ability to construct and negotiate complex, comprehensive resolutions and his willingness to be an aggressive advocate when needed. As a former FCS college football player, Mr. Fisher has also established and maintains significant relationships with prominent decision makers throughout the NCAA and National Football League.  

Prior to joining MBK, Mr. Fisher built and maintained a private practice law firm, concentrating in the areas of Criminal Law, Family Law and Corporate Litigation in State and Federal Courts. Named a “Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer” by the National Trial Lawyers, Mr. Fisher has become widely recognized and respected as an accomplished negotiator, fierce litigator and trusted advocate for his clients.  Consistently retained on high-profile matters, Mr. Fisher has counseled numerous college and professional athletes and celebrities on a variety of challenging legal matters.

Matthew Noyes, MD

Player Health Consultant

The player health and safety measures advocated by MBK Sports parallel my own personal philosophies and ethics as an orthopedic surgeon. Partnering with MBK was a natural choice and, collectively, we will strive to safeguard and promote the long-term health of our clients to allow them to not only be successful on Sundays, but in everyday life as well.

Matthew Noyes, MD is currently the Chief of Shoulder/Elbow Surgery at Salem Regional Medical Center and one of the premier orthopedic surgeons in the Midwest. As Player Health Consultant for MBK, Dr. Noyes provides our clients with independent second opinions on all injuries and diagnostic procedures (MRIs, X-Rays) to prolong their careers and ensure their long-term health and safety. Dr. Noyes applies the highest standard of care, clinical experience and medical ethics found in the sports medicine industry to provide peace of mind to our clients and their families at every stage of their NFL career.

Dr. Noyes attended The Ohio State University where he was a member of the men’s rugby team and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. He earned his MD from the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society, bestowed upon the top medical students in each graduating class. Dr. Noyes has completed fellowships in advanced shoulder and elbow arthroscopy and arthroplasty at the University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Tennessee Medical Center and Southern Oregon Orthopedics and has been published in numerous medical journals and industry publications. Dr. Noyes is no stranger to the NFL as he has provided independent medical consultations to several NFL teams prior to joining MBK.