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Tim Tebow has signed the largest talent agency in the world to represent him in non-football deals and to help with his foundation.
Tim Tebow is one of the biggest potential marketing names in all of sports and has chosen the world famous WME talent agency to represent him for non-football deals.
The William Morris Endeavor agency will now handle all of Tebow's endorsements, books, personal appearances, and any television or movie roles he is offered, according to HollywoodReport.com. They also plan to help him with his foundation.
Tebow's off-field activities were previously managed by his brother and close friend. However, he is trying to avoid creating the impression that he's not just "one of the guys." He already turned down late-night talk shows and an invitation to host Saturday Night Live, but it is expected that many more opportunities will continue to be sought and/or pursued, according to NBC Sports.
Tebow was also being courted by the CAA talent agency, which attracts many sports clients. They also have a reputation for doing non-sports deals with actors and other artists.
Tebow is entering his third season as an NFL quarterback for the Denver Broncos. He has been given the blessing of his head coach, Jon Fox, to be the full-time starter for the 2012 season after working his way from 3rd string to emerge as the hero of the Broncos season in 2011/2012. Even while Tim Tebow rode the bench in first one and half seasons, he has had the number one selling jersey since he was drafted in 2010.
The William Morris Endeavor talent agency is the largest talent agency in the world with offices in New York City, Nashville, Beverly Hills, London and Miami. Launched in 1898 by William Morris Sr, WME, represents elite artists from all sectors of the entertainment industry. This includes motion pictures, television, music, theater, digital, publishing, lifestyle, and physical production.
WME also advises some of the world's most recognized consumer brands to create "entertainment-based marketing solutions."
WME is the product of the 2009 merger of the William Morris Agency with the Endeavor Agency. The merger combined the oldest talent agency in the world (WME) with the newest of the major agencies (Endeavor).