Michael Nicotera — Senior Partner, Director of Baseball Operations
Mike, an agent who is certified with the Major League Baseball Players Association, has been representing athletes for The Sparta Group since 1992. He graduated from Fordham University in 1991 with a BA in English and a minor in Economics. While at Fordham, Mike was a Rhodes Scholar nominee. He also was a letterman for the Fordham Rams football team.
Following graduation, Mike worked with a sports marketing firm out of Boston where he developed numerous contacts in the field of athletic endorsements and promotions. He came to The Sparta Group in 1992 and immediately began negotiating endorsement and promotional contracts on behalf of existing clients, as well as researching and recruiting new clients. In addition, he assisted in the preparation and negotiation of free agent and salary arbitration contracts.
In 1998, Mike became a partner in the firm. His responsibilities include the writing, preparation, and presentation of arbitration briefs. In addition, Mike has negotiated numerous free agent and multi-year contracts including over $85 million in contracts for Troy Glaus and over $77 million in contracts for Mike Cameron.
In 2009, Mike lectured on "Major League Baseball's Arbitration Process and the Use of Leverage in Negotiation" for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society at Duquesne University Law School. In addition, Mike recently participated as a panelist for a discussion on "The Business of Sport" at the Wharton School of Business. The discussion was co-sponsored by The University of Pennsylvania Law School.
In 2010, Mike was selected by the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to serve on the Player Agent Advisory Committee. This committee was formed by the Association for the purpose of reviewing and discussing the MLBPA’s implementation, interpretation and enforcement of Agent Regulations, any potential amendments to the Regulations and relations among Players, Players’ Agents and the MLBPA. In 2012, the Association asked Mike to serve a second term on the committee.
In 2015, Mike helped organize and participated in the Salary Arbitration in Sports Symposium (http://www.salaryarbitration.org) at St. John's University Law School in New York. The symposium focused on the salary arbitration process in Major League Baseball, as well as the National Hockey League. Mike was one of a group speakers, which included current and former club executives, experienced player agents, and former players.
Gene Casaleggio — Senior Partner, Director of Player Development
Gene, an agent who is certified with the Major League Baseball Players Association, has been representing athletes for The Sparta Group since 1990. He negotiates player contracts and prepares the statistical information for free agent players, arbitration eligible players, control players, and minor leaguers. In addition, Gene has handled numerous amateur negotiations with professional clubs and pursues all off-field endorsement opportunities for Sparta Group clients. In 1998, he became a partner in the firm.
A four-year letterman in baseball at Rutgers University, he was invited to 1990 Spring Training with the Chicago White Sox. In September 1997, Gene was inducted into the Bergen County Baseball Hall of Fame for his contribution to our national past time. He has also coached at the Division I level and at the youth amateur level.
Gene has lectured on the business of sport before the prestigious Bergen County 200 Club, the Rutgers Alumni Association, and Seton Hall University law classes. Recently Gene was invited as a panelist for a discussion on "The Business of Sport" at the Wharton School of Business. He interned at the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority at The Meadowlands Arena, where he organized press conferences and promoted sports events. Gene holds a BA in Journalism and Mass Media from Rutgers University, graduating in 1989.
William R. Boyd — Chief Financial Officer
Bill has been in the financial field since 1983. Before joining The Sparta Group in 1990, he was an Investment Executive with PaineWebber, Inc., in Princeton, New Jersey, for six years. Prior to his employment at PaineWebber, he was with Merrill Lynch in Princeton, New Jersey, as a Registered Account Assistant. Bill is a graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
While at Dickinson, Bill was a four year letter winner in Track and was Captain of the Men's Track and Field team during his junior and senior years. Bill was also a two year letter winner in Basketball.
Bill coordinates all monetary and financial aspects of The Sparta Group business. Having two decades of experience in working with professional athletes, coaches and sports media personalities, Bill is extremely familiar with the unique circumstances, goals and needs of these individuals and their families.