Firm will represent eight Canadian golf professionals, including PGA
Tour stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David Hearn
TORONTO, July 23, 2013 /CNW/ - SportBox Entertainment Group, a new
sports management and marketing agency led by Toronto sports and
entertainment executive Danny Fritz, announced its presence in the
Canadian market today with two deals that will see the agency represent
a portfolio of Canadian golf professionals unmatched in the last
decade, including PGA Tour stars Mike Weir, Graham DeLaet and David
Launched in May 2013, SportBox Entertainment Group was founded by Fritz,
former Vice President and Managing Director of IMG Canada, and David
Dubé, President and CEO of Saskatoon-based Concorde Group Corp.
"Golf is a massive part of the Canadian sports landscape and that will
be the current focus of SportBox Entertainment Group, beginning with
the biggest stars in Canadian professional golf today, while also
having an eye on the next generation," said Fritz. "While today's
announcement is an important foundation for SportBox, we look forward
to growing the many business opportunities in the game for the Canadian
IMG and SportBox have announced an agreement that will see the firms
share joint management of Canadian professional golfers Mike Weir and
Matt Hill through the remainder of 2013. Following his departure from
IMG in May, IMG and Fritz have maintained close ties and view this
arrangement as not only the best management option for Weir and Hill,
but also a platform to collaborate in the future. Jim Weir, who served
on the Weir management team with IMG, will move over from IMG to
"IMG has a great deal of respect for Danny, and the job he did managing
the careers of Mike and Matt while he was with IMG," said Clarke Jones,
Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Americas for IMG
Golf. "We look forward to continuing our very close working
relationship with Danny and continuing to benefit the careers of both
Mike and Matt."
Through a strategic acquisition, SportBox has also secured the golf
assets of Mississauga, ON-based Landmark Sport Group Inc. The
acquisition will see PGA TOUR players Graham DeLaet and David Hearn,
Web.com Tour professional Adam Hadwin, and PGA Tour Canada member Joe
Panzeri join the SportBox roster.
"I care deeply about David, Graham and Adam, both personally and
professionally," said Elliott Kerr, President of Landmark Sport Group
Inc. "I love this sport and still have a passion for this business, but
at this point of time in my life, it is time to focus on my family.
There has been no greater reward in all my years at Landmark than the
friendships we have developed and the careers we have managed and
helped launch. The sport of golf is in great hands with David, Graham
and Adam leading the way."
With the two deals, the agency adds to its current roster of Canadian
talent, which includes rising stars in Web.com Tour professional Roger
Sloan and PGA Tour Canada members Michael Gligic and Cory Renfrew.
"Danny and I both have a passion for the game of golf and for business,"
said Dubé. "We agreed that there is a need and an opportunity in the
Canadian sports marketing industry and SportBox Entertainment Group was
born out of that opportunity. Our start today, representing many of the
top Canadian players in professional golf, will not only create a
'home' for Canadian professional golf but will open many doors for
other opportunities in the industry."
SportBox golfers Weir, DeLaet, Hearn, Hadwin, and Sloan will play this
week in the RBC Canadian Open at Oakville, Ont.'s Glen Abbey Golf Club.
About SportBox Entertainment Group: SportBox Entertainment Group is a sports management and marketing
agency based in Toronto, Canada, with a focus on athlete
representation, event development, and representing the marketing
rights of national sports organizations and properties.
SOURCE: SportBox Entertainment Group
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David Corelli, Director, Business Partnerships (416) 300-9155 or email@example.com