Jason Ranne Rumors
Yet, Jason Ranne who oversees the Team Sports division at Wasserman thinks it’s game over when you compare his employer with competitors like Creative Artists Agency, Octagon and Excel Sports. Ranne, a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School, worked at Wasserman from August 2007 through March 2013 before serving as Director of Strategic Planning at the Oklahoma City Thunder for a couple years. He returned to Wasserman in September 2015. “We focused on catering toward today’s athlete, starting at the end of 2015,” explains Ranne. “That includes the millennial generation. It wasn’t existing in the agency business at the time. Our competitors had gotten what I call ‘legacy’ — they had become traditional. They were all doing the same thing. No one was differentiating themselves.”
Wasserman Media Group has rehired Thunder Dir of Strategic Planning Jason Ranne as its new COO & Exec VP/Team Sports. Ranne, who began his career at the L.A.-based agency, will oversee the overall strategic growth and direction of the basketball, baseball, football and broadcasting/coaching management practices at WMG. Ranne will report to WMG President Mike Watts and will work out of WMG’s L.A. HQ. He started today. WMG President & CEO Casey Wasserman in a statement said, “Jason will be a strong complement to our existing team of agents. … He also brings proven principles in closing deals and a standard of practice and approach to this organization that will only advance our leadership position.” Ranne in a statement said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to rejoin Wasserman. … I have been very fortunate to work with some of the industry’s leading agents, executives and innovators and will continue Wasserman’s diligent, inventive and aggressive approach to representing the world’s best athletes.”
The Thunder has hired Jason Ranne, a Tulsa native who starred at Bishop Kelley High School before going on to play at Arizona, as its director of strategic planning. Ranne will work with basketball operations on initiatives that include team payroll, player acquisitions and long-term operational planning. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to add Jason to our front office staff,” said Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He adds a diverse skill-set as well as many years of experiences within the industry of sport. We are confident that he will make a positive contribution to our operations as we continue to build and grow as an organization.”
The Oklahoma City Thunder hired Jason Ranne to the position of Director of Strategic Planning, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. In his new role, Ranne will work with Thunder basketball operations on various initiatives, including team payroll, player acquisitions and long-term operational planning.
Ranne spent the last six years with the Wasserman Media Group, most recently as the organization’s Senior Vice President of Team Sports. In this position, Ranne oversaw the operational, legal and strategic aspects of Wasserman’s basketball, baseball and football groups as well as the athlete marketing and digital divisions related to those sports. Prior to his stint at Wasserman, Ranne spent four years as a guard on the Arizona Wildcats (2000-04), including a turn as the team captain during his senior season.