The world’s leading athlete representation firm, CAA Sports represents established and emerging basketball clients including the 2009 NBA MVP LeBron James, Tony Parker, Allen Iverson, and Richard “RIP” Hamilton, among many others. CAA Sports most recently announced that it had signed NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony for representation in all areas.
“Henry’s experience and professional accomplishments have made him one of the most well respected agents in the NBA,” said Howard Nuchow, Co-Head, CAA Sports. “He is a terrific addition to our Basketball practice and we are confident that his forward-thinking approach will lead to unprecedented opportunities for our clients.”
“There is no agency like CAA,” said Thomas. “Their success is rooted in their culture of collaborating across all of the agency’s resources to give clients the best opportunities for success in so many different areas.”
Thomas spent seven years at the Chicago-based sports management and marketing firm, CSMG Inc. As President of CSMG, he oversaw the strategic initiatives and operational objectives of the company’s basketball division. Throughout his career, Thomas has negotiated several of the most lucrative contracts in basketball, including Finley’s $102 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks in 2001 and Wade’s eight-figure shoe endorsement deal with Converse in 2005.
Thomas earned a B.S. in Accounting from Bradley University, where he played basketball. He also earned a J.D. and LL.M in Taxation from DePaul University. Prior to becoming a basketball agent, he was a Tax Specialist at the international accounting firm of Coopers and Lybrand (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers) and eventually became a partner at the Chicago-based law firm of Carney & Brothers, Ltd. In addition, Thomas established and taught a Sports Law course at DePaul, serving as Adjunct Professor of Sports Law for 23 years.
Thomas and his staff will continue to be based in Chicago.