Sport: Woolf at the Door

Seven years ago Robert Woolf was an energetic young criminal lawyer working out of a cubbyhole office in Boston. Eager for business, he agreed to help Red Sox Pitcher Earl Wilson negotiate his baseball contract. A few fast deals later and Woolf suddenly realized: "Oh wow, this is an area that's been virtually untapped." Tapping away like a trip hammer ever since, he has become the most successful of the new and growing breed of sport lawyer-managers. He now has a stable of 200 pro basketball, baseball, football and hockey athletes. "I have to pinch myself," he says, "to believe a...

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