William Strickland is Managing Partner at Blackwave Group. He is well known in the sports industry for his integrity, vision and for being one of the most knowledgeable and respected negotiators in sports. He was the first African-American agent to be named by The Sporting News "100 Most Powerful People in Sports" and he has been recognized by Black Enterprise Magazine as the top African-American sports agent. Strickland was also selected by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr.'s Rainbow/PUSH Sports Task Force as the Agent of the Year for 1999. He also served numerous years on the Agent Advisory Committee for the National Basketball Players Association.
Strickland's 27 years of representing professional athletes includes nine years as President & CEO of Strickland Management Group, LLC; and a five and-a-half year stint as President of the Basketball Division at IMG, the world's largest sports management company. Prior to joining IMG, he spent over eight years with ProServ where he rose to become Chief Operating Officer of their Team Sports Division. Most recently, Strickland served as President of Basketball at Blue Entertainment Sports Television for three and-a-half years. During his career, he has negotiated extensively throughout the NBA and NFL and consummated over $1 billion in gross compensation for his clients.
His opinions have been solicited by mainstream media commentators, educational institutions and voiced in national forums and widely read magazines including CNN Crossfire, HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, BET News, ESPN's Outside The Lines, Court TV and widely read publications including the Wall Street Journal, Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine and Ebony Magazine.
Bill attended Loyola Marymount University, where he received his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and where he served for 6 years on the Board of Regents and on its Athletic Director's Council. He earned his MBA with a concentration in finance from the 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.
Strickland's sports background encompasses more than a passing interest. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers after his senior year at Fremont High School in Los Angeles where he also co-captained the school's 1967 Los Angeles City Champion basketball team.