The founder of Moorad Sports Management, he began specializing in athlete representation in 1983, with his main focus on Major League Baseball. Moorad's reputation as a knowledgeable and respected negotiator has earned him a spot on The Sporting News' 100 Most Powerful People in Sports on eight occasions, as he helped revolutionize player representation.
Moorad's client base took off in 1984 when he was retained by Will Clark and four other members of the U.S. Olympic baseball team, each of whom were Top 10 draft choices. He then joined forces with Leigh Steinberg in 1985 to form one of the most dynamic twosomes in the history of sports representation, covering both Major League Baseball and the National Football League. The successful duo negotiated over $3 billion in athlete contracts throughout their 18 years together, including representing Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon and Thurman Thomas.
Moorad endowed a $100,000 scholarship to his alma mater at UCLA. He and his wife, Jan, were also the honorary chairpersons for Childhelp USA's Childhelp Drive the Dream Gala. He has also been very active in the California Coast and Arizona Chapters of the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO).
Moorad helped link Augie's Quest to the Muscular Dystrophy Association as well as assist in fast-track research funding at Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), where scientists have already made significant research breakthroughs.
Moorad currently serves on the Board of Directors for Citizen Sports Network, a sports entertainment company committed to reshaping the way people think about sports through social networking and its unique virtual sports stock market. He also is on the Board of Directors for TGen and is a Vice President for MDA.
Moorad recently ventured into the sport of auto racing, purchasing controlling interest in Hall of Fame Racing from Roger Staubach and Aikman. The Charlotte, N.C.-based team fields the No. 96 DLP HDTV car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that will be driven by Phoenix-native J.J. Yeley in 2008.
A native of Modesto, Calif., Moorad earned an Associate in Arts degree from Modesto Junior College in 1976, where he served as Student Body President, a degree in Political Science (B.A.) in 1978 from UCLA, then received his law degree from Villanova University School of Law (J.D.) in 1981. Jeff and his wife have three sons and reside in Paradise Valley.more » « less