John Boggs President CEO
As the founder and President of the company, John's passion and love for Major League Baseball has been the driving force behind the success of JBA. One of the most recognizable names in the baseball representation industry, John brings twenty-nine years of relevant baseball experience and has been a Major League Baseball Players Association certified agent for over 29 years. Additionally, John is a registered athlete agent in the state of California.
A graduate of American University, his career in the athlete representation business began in 1983 when he was Vice President of Garvey Marketing Group, a sports marketing company founded by former Dodger and Padre great, Steve Garvey. At Garvey Marketing Group, John counseled and represented many of the top players in baseball, including Tony Gwynn, Alan Trammell, and Paul Molitor in their contract negotiations and/or marketing endeavors.
After a successful tenure at Garvey Marketing Group, John left GMG in 1986 to form JBA Sports. John's success in the industry is evident by his track record. JBA has negotiated over $900 million worth of Major League baseball contracts, highlighted by a $154 million, 7 year deal for Adrian Gonzalez in April 2011. At the time, the deal was the largest in Red Sox history in terms of annual value and the 8th largest in the history of MLB in terms of total value. As well as the $144 million, 6 year deal for Cole Hamels on July 25th of 2012. This is the largest contract ever given to an athlete by a Philadelphia sports franchise. The contract is the second largest ever for a pitcher in MLB. Other notable deals include a $30.5 million, 5 year contract for Trevor Cahill in 2011, the precedent setting $10.5 million contract for Mark Prior in the 2001 draft, and the $39 million dollar contract for Shane Victorino with the Boston Red Sox during the winter of 2012.
John’s marketing background serves as a constant source of exposure and opportunity for JBA clients. An example of John’s creativity was when he introduced Oakley sunglasses as a presence in Major League Baseball. With Tony Gwynn’s cooperation, a new concept in eyewear on the field was created. John has also nurtured relationships with other sports related companies such as Nike, Louisville Slugger, Rawlings, Under Amour, Franklin and No Fear.
John also has a commitment to charitable endeavors. He is on the Board of Directors for the TAG Foundation (Tony and Alicia Gwynn Foundation) which provides funding for several charitable institutions that care for children in the San Diego area. John is a Champion level member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and is also a member of the Major League Baseball Alumni Association.
Steve Boggs Client Manager, Baseball Operations
Steve, a former client of John Boggs and Associates, is now a valuable part of the JBA team. While at the University of San Diego High School, Steve was a three-year varsity letter winner in both football and baseball and as senior year was named male athlete of the year. Steve was drafted by the Boston Red Sox after HS but chose to attend SDSU to play for coach Tony Gwynn. After playing one year at SDSU, Steve transferred to Grossmont College and played for legendary coach Ed Olson. After completing his sophomore year, Steve signed a professional contract with the Colorado Rockies and spent three years in their minor league system. After playing for the Rockies Steve played for a number of independent ball teams and was named MVP of the 2008 Chico Outlaws. He also played for a number of former ML players including, Mark Parent, Phil Nevin, Paul Abbott, Garry Templeton, Mike Marshall, and Ben Johnson.
Steve's role as a client manager includes scouting, developing relationships with and recruiting new prospects and clients. Furthermore, his unique understanding of professional baseball enables the company to utilize his skills in contract negotiations, research and marketing development. Steve is certified as an agent by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Matt Marks Analytics and Recruitment, Baseball Operations
Matt joins JBA after 8 seasons in the Baseball Operations department of the LA Dodgers. He has also worked with the Colorado Rockies, the Arizona Fall League, and USA Baseball. With the Dodgers, his primary role was as an information provider to key Baseball Operations decision makers. Synthesizing statistics, scouting reports, contractual information, and market analysis, Matt’s work was integral to many free agent decisions, trades, annual arbitration preparation, and interpretation of rules for transactions. In-season, much of his role included the management of the Advance Scouting process and pre-game preparation of the coaching staff. Matt’s knowledge of the club side of the business will add a unique point of view for JBA, and he will bring a fresh outlook on baseball research to benefit current and prospective clients in free agency, arbitration, and draft market analysis. He will serve as a resource in the recruiting process as well.
Matt is from Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Tulane University in 2004 with a degree in Economics. He lives in Los Angeles.
Dan Kramer Recruitment
Dan joined JBA to assist in the recruitment of new players, Dan brings a wealth of baseball knowledge and experience to the JBA team. After a successful playing career at UCLA, Dan went on to play minor league ball in the Boston Red Sox organization. Wanting to make a positive impact on the careers of athletes, both on and off the field, Dan made the move to athlete representation. Utilizing his experience and passion for the game, Dan serves as an additional resource for JBA clients.
"Coach" John Kentera Talent Evaluator/Recruitment
“Coach” John Kentera joins the JBA team from the San Diego Sockers, where he served as Vice President of Operations/General Manager. He was a standout student-athlete in basketball, football and baseball at Torrey Pines High School, and went on to play basketball and baseball collegiately at Mira Costa College, eventually graduated from United States International University, where he studied on a full-ride basketball scholarship. Once graduated, Coach earned his nickname during his 17 year coaching career that began at Torrey Pines and returned back there after coaching at Mira Coasta CC, Southwestern CC and Texas Tech University.
Kentera is also well versed in the broadcasting industry. He has worked at XTRA Sports 690, The Mighty 1090 sports radio, performed hosting duties for the San Diego Padres pre-and-postgame shows and has served as a staple of the high school sports coverage scene in San Diego. John’s on-air and broadcasting credits on television and radio include the San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Kings, SDSU and USD football and basketball, and high school CIF championships in both football and basketball.
Coach is a tremendous addition to the JBA team, bringing his expertise and knowledge of baseball, coaching, broadcasting and more. He has a tremendous level of knowledge on coaching and great community ties that will benefit him in his role evaluating talent and recruiting.
John lives in Solana Beach with his wife Kelly, and is the proud father of daughters Brooke and Ashley and three granddaughters
Taylor Jacobson Coordinator, Executive Admin/Client Services
Taylor began working at JBA Sports in July 2013 and serves as a resource for our clients, providing support for both professional and personal needs. She is an integral member of the JBA Sports Team and oversees day-to-day operations of both the office staff and our clients. She manages the office accounting functions, company expenses, social media, and coordinates travel and events for the JBA team and our clients. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in 2010 and moved to San Diego shortly after. She works closely with all other staff to ensure that JBA’s client services are beyond comparison.
Jeff Fannell Arbitration and Legal
For over 10 years, Jeff Fannell has worked at the highest levels of professional sports as a litigator, negotiator and advisor. From 2000 through 2010, Jeff served as Assistant General Counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association. In that role, Jeff represented all Major League Baseball players in all areas of collective bargaining. He also provided strategic advice and counsel to certified player agents in individual contract negotiations and in matters arising under player contracts, the collective bargaining agreement and the Major League Rules.
During his career at the MLBPA, Jeff played an active role in the development and preparation of hundreds of salary arbitration cases, and appeared as an Association representative in well over 50 salary arbitration hearings. Additionally, Jeff investigated, filed, litigated and resolved through settlement a variety of grievances on behalf of Major League players. Jeff also served as lead attorney in negotiations with the MLB Office of the Commissioner on amendments to the Major League Rules and the Official Playing Rules.
Upon leaving the MLBPA, Jeff established a private consulting practice where he continues to advise baseball players and their agents. He also handles grievance arbitration and salary arbitration matters for the National Hockey League Playersâ€™ Association. In addition, since 2002, Jeff has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at his alma mater, St. John's University School of Law in Queens, NY.
Jeff earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Administration from St. John's University in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate degree from St. John's in 1996. Upon graduation, Jeff began his legal career as a Field Attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in New York City. He spent the next three years as Associate General Counsel for the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C, before launching his career at the MLBPA.