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Jimmy Sexton, Pat Dye merge firms

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Two veteran agents announced today that they’re merging their operations. Jimmy Sexton and Pat Dye, Jr., will join forces to create SportsTrust Advisors.

Dye’s partner, Bill Johnson, and long-time Sexton employee Jim Denton will join the practice, along with Michael Perrett.

The group will represent more than 100 football and baseball players, along with more than 40 coaches in three sports.

“We are excited about creating a company that will be able to offer the highest quality of services to professional athletes and coaches and serve the needs of those groups at every level of their careers,” Sexton said in a press release. “Both of our companies were developed with the idea that competence and integrity truly matter, and SportsTrust will certainly maintain these core values.”

Said Dye: “This merger creates a unique presence in a very competitive industry. By joining forces, we will be able to serve the needs of our clients more effectively through synergies gained from our combined resources. We will continue to deliver a level of service that every professional athlete and coach deserves in their representation.”

Sexton’s stable of clients includes Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, Ravens left tackle Michael Oher, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, Browns running back Peyton Hillis, and Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. Sexton’s coaching clients include Bill Parcells, Tony Sparano, and Nick Saban.

Dye represents the likes of Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware, Jets linebacker Calvin Pace, Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain, and Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

For years, concerns have been raised regarding whether agents should represent both players and coaches. Many of the agents who handle clients on each side of the fence take the position that, until someone prohibits it, they’ll deal with any actual or apparent conflicts of interest on a case-by-case basis.