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About DS

Direct Sportslink is the premier sports celebrity talent booking agency in the United States. We specialize in booking motivational sports speakers, sports celebrity appearances and negotiating sports celebrity endorsements for corporations, associations, and organizations looking to hire sports talent for their event. If you are looking to secure a sports speaker for a corporate function, sports talent for a personal appearance or are a company looking to secure sports talent to endorse your company or brand Direct Sportslink is uniquely positioned to help you be successful. Our website allows you the ability to find any sports celebrity appearance fee by range, state or individual and immediately get a sports celebrity fee quote. 


Direct Sportslink is the exclusive speaker's bureau for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the first of many new initiatives that the Pro Football Hall of fame has launched in response to strong public demand to see and have access to members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Ward Headley

Founder & President 

Direct Sportslink's Founder and President, Ward Headley, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has worked for two of the top sports marketing companies in the world (Octagon and IMG). An experienced sports marketer, Ward has negotiated some of the largest sponsorship and endorsement contracts in sports, secured numerous high profile sports celebrities for corporations, and marketed some of the top athletes in the world. Ward has earned the trust of major corporations by exceeding their expectations; a few clients include Transamerica, H&R Block, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sports Illustrated and Nissan. Recent work includes hiring numerous Heisman Trophy winners for the Nissan Heisman House commercials on ESPN, negotiating Mean Joe Greene's endorsement for the remake of his famous Coke commercial for P&G's Super Bowl advertising buy, and designing Desmond Howard's website and Bobby Bowden's website.

Mission Statement

Direct Sportslink's mission is to deliver a return on our clients sports marketing investment by securing local, regional, and national commitments (appearances, speaking engagements, endorsements) consistent with our clients business strategies. We strive to be an industry leader widely recognized for our research, resources, and professionalism which allows us the opportunity to continue delivering our clients the ideal sports marketing partnerships. Our philosophy is that honesty, integrity, and trust are the most important values in our business.

Company Contact Information

Direct Sportslink
441 Vine Street
Suite 3615
Cincinnati, OH 45202