Ellen Zavian

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Born (1963-06-15) June 15, 1963 (age 58)
New Jersey
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma mater
  • University of Maryland, College Park
OccupationSports agent

Ellen Marsha Zavian (born June 15, 1963), is an American sports agent.[1][2][3] She is found and owner of EZ Negotiation, a sports agency based in the Washington, DC area. She was the First National Football League (NFL) female attorney-agent.[1][2][3]

Early life

Zavian is a native of New Jersey. She attended Hackensack High School were she lettered in track, volleyball, and cheerleading. Later in her life, she competed in marathons, triathalons, and bodybuilding.


She attended the University of Maryland, graduating a year early, in 1985, earning a bachelor of science degree in business management/marketing.[3] Zavian attended American University – Washington College of Law and earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 1988.[3]


1981 to 1988, Zavian worked at the Maryland racetracks (Pimlico, Freestate and Laurel) and the University of Maryland’s Recreation Center.

1986, Zavian worked as an intern at the National Football League Players Association, returning to the NFLPA in 1996, to be Co-Coordinator of the NFLPA Native Vision Program.[3]

1988, Zavian worked as an NFL Agent and Sports Marketing Director at Brett Senior & Associates.[1]

1990, Zavian, at the age of 26, opened her own Agency, represneting NFL Players and Coaches. represented professional athletes as their attorney/agent and also headed the Agency’s marketing arm, AMA.[3]

1996, Zavian represented the US National Team Players on the Soccer and Softball Teams, negotiating the first collective bargaining agreement for women's sports, including the first pregnancy leave clause.[4][4][5]

2000, Zavian represented the Action Sport Athletes performing in the XGames and the Gravity games, negotiating better terms and conditions for the skateboarders, bmxers and inliners.[6] Zavian also launched the United Professional Skateboarders Association.[6]

2013, Zavian created the United Breakin Association, to organize the break dancers globally and move them towards a recognized sport, when the Youth Olympics included break dancing in their roster of competitions. In 2020, the International Olympic Committee approved break dancing in the 2024 Paris Olympics.

2021, Zavian was appointed to USA Dance's Task Force Breakin task force, to work towards ensuring that USA Dance is meeting the requirements of gaining National Governing Body status for DanceSport with the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 LOWITT, BRUCE. "Women finding their places as big-league power brokers". TampaBay Times. Retrieved October 2, 2005.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Johnson, Christina. "NEW JERSEY Q & A: ELLEN M. ZAVIAN; A Female Agent for Professional Athletes". New York Times.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Ellen M. Zavian". GW Law.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Hauck, Tom. "'Let's Move On This': The '99 U.S. Women's National Team's Fight For Equality". Wbur. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  5. "FIFA plans maternity leave for women soccer players". DW.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Higgins, Matt. "Rolling for Dollars". Village Voice.
  7. "Formation of USA Dance Breakin' Task Force". USA Dance. Retrieved January 29, 2021.

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