The baseball industry saw a major shakeup when Texas oil businessman James Ballengee, whose business was ranked as the fourth-fastest-growing privately held company in the United States last year by Inc. Magazine, decided to form a sports agency. 14 months later, the up and coming sports agency announced the addition of a heavyweight in the baseball industry.
The Dallas-based sports agency, Ballengee Group announced that Jeff Borris has joined their ranks. Borris fits easily on the Mt. Rushmore of baseball agents, having negotiated over $1 billion in MLB contracts and having a personal arbitration history that is unmatched in the industry. Before embarking on a career that would see him break the salary barrier on numerous occasions and become a long-time owner of the Beverly Hills Sports Council, Jeff earned his JD from Southwestern Law School, where he was later an adjunct professor of Sports Law for 9 years.
The addition of Borris is big news for Ballengee Group, a group that started with Scott Barber (formerly of CSE), Scott Lonergan (formerly of MVP Sports Group) and Jeff Randazzo (formerly of MVP) just over a year ago.
Borris spoke on the next chapter of his career:
“I am thrilled to begin the next exciting chapter of my career with Ballengee Group. I believe they have built something that is going to lead the way in this business for the next 20 years and I am privileged to help support such a talented group of agents and industry professionals.”
CEO James Ballengee is excited by the addition of Borris as well.
“Our mission is to surround our players with the best resources, guidance and services and Jeff is another example of that. His experience and results working with veteran players in areas of arbitration and free agency is second to none and a perfect addition to our team”.
Ballengee has put a lot of effort in the past on top draft picks and the future wave of major leaguers, but adding Borris signifies their commitment to being a major player in free agency and arbitration as well, as Borris is currently negotiating contracts for Darren O’Day and Mark Reynolds.