William Strickland

William Strickland

College of Arts & Humanities

Negotiation, Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding

William “Bill” Strickland has successfully represented professional athletes, primarily in the NBA and NFL, as a business executive and attorney/agent for over 30 years. He has also advised corporations regarding the integration of athletes with sports and entertainment brands and properties.

His sports career includes numerous positions of leadership, including stints as COO of mgmt one, LLC; President, Basketball for Legardiere Unlimited; Founder, President & CEO of Strickland Management Group, LLC; President, Basketball Division at IMG (then the largest and most diversified sports management company in the world); and as COO, Team Sports Division at ProServ, Inc. (then the second largest in the world). Bill also served for numerous years on the Agent Advisory Committee for the National Basketball Players Association. 

He was the first African-American agent to represent the overall number one pick of an NBA draft. Moreover, during his career, he negotiated extensively throughout the NBA, the NFL and with various companies, consummating approximately $2 billion in gross compensation for his clients.

Bill has been recognized by numerous organizations, educational institutions and various forms of media. Bill was the first African-American agent to be named by The Sporting News as one of the “100 Most Powerful People in Sports” and he has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of America’s Top 50 African-American lawyers and sports agents. 

In addition, among several other awards, he has been being recognized twice by the National Bar Association, receiving its Entertainment & Sports Section’s “Chairman’s Award” and its “Living Legends Award-Sports.” He has also been recognized twice by 100 Black Men of America Inc., received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Howard University Law School, and was selected by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.’s Rainbow/PUSH Sports Task Force as an “Agent of the Year.”   

Bill has lectured on “Business Organizations” at USC Gould School of Law; lectured on the topic of “Contract Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution” for the Department of Legal Studies at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania; taught a course entitled “Sports and the Law” at George Washington University; and addressed a broad array of sports and business topics at approximately 24 law and business schools around the country. He also served as one of the inaugural Co-Chairs of the American Bar Association’s Committee on Sports and Entertainment Labor Law. His opinions have also been solicited by various forms of media. 

Moreover, for over 25 years he served on the Board of Directors of the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association, including two terms as its Chairman, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame. He has participated in The US Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.

Prior to commencing his sports career, Bill was a Senior Attorney Adviser with the U S Securities and Exchange Commission, and held executive positions with several major organizations such as Rockwell International Micro-Electronics Group, BDM International, and Economic Resources Corporation.

Bill attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU), where he received his Bachelors in Business Administration and went on to serve on LMU’s Board of Regents and its Athletic Director’s Council. He also earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from the Anderson School at University of California at Los Angeles and his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center.  He is a member in good standing of the District of Columbia Bar and the State of Pennsylvania Bar.