Founding Partner, Contract Negotiator, Counsel

Mike Bauer has extensive experience advising NFL players having negotiated more than 125 NFL contracts since 1996. His broad knowledge of law and understanding of contracts serves Sports Advisors' clients well at the bargaining table - maximizing contract value while maintaining a respectful relationship with NFL clubs. In the last few years, Mike has negotiated a number of significant contracts. Mike negotiated a $16.5 million contract for linebacker Carlos Emmons, a one-time 7th round draft choice, including $4.5 million in bonuses. In 2003, he negotiated a 5-year $17 million contract for offensive lineman Mark Tauscher. Other outstanding deals include an $12 million contract extension, including a $6 million signing bonus, for defensive tackle Hollis Thomas in 2007 and a $10 million deal for Ed Jasper that made him the highest paid backup defensive tackle in the NFL. Mike is a licensed attorney and registered Contract Advisor with the NFLPA. In addition to his work with Sports Advisors, Mike is a lecturer on sports law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He earned his Juris Doctor and undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin.