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During his more than two decades as Chief Executive Officer of SAFE Sports Management, Jerome Stanley has negotiated lucrative multi-year contracts worth more than $500 million for his National Football League (NFL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) clients. A pioneer in his industry, Stanley ranks as the first African American sports agent to represent the number one NFL draft pick. In 1990, he made headlines for persuading the Boston Celtics to agree to a $16.5 million contract for Reggie Lewis. In recent years, Jerome Stanley secured an $85 million deal for NBA All-Star Baron Davis, the highest contract amount allowed under league “maximum” rules. Representing basketball and football players alike, W. Jerome Stanley’s NFL clients have included Kevin Williams, Keyshawn Johnson, and Dennis Northcutt. In the NBA, Stanley has managed the likes of Lucious Harris, Todd Day, and Brian Shaw. His roster of clients also has encompassed WNBA stars such as Tina Thompson, formerly of the Houston Comets. W. Jerome Stanley became professionally involved in sports representation as an undergraduate at The University of Southern California (USC). Hired by a national sports representation company, he aided in the development of college football stars such as Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Ronnie Lott. After graduation, Jerome Stanley accepted positions with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Strings of the World TeamTennis League. To expand his knowledge base, Jerome Stanley attended law school at USC, earning a Juris Doctorate degree in 1985. In the years that followed, he functioned as a sports agent at the Los Angeles office of Management Plus Enterprises, Inc. During his tenure there, he orchestrated contract discussions and assisted in the management of basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and NFL quarterback Rodney Peete. In 1989, he left to form his own enterprise, Stanley & Associates, which later became SAFE Sports Management.

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Jerome Stanley


University of Southern California