Jan
06

Want to be an NFL agent?

The NFLPA - best players association?...most say yes.
To become an NFL Sports Agent, the NFLPA (players association) requires you to go through a longer process than the other 2 main American sports.

The current specifications are as follows:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $1,650.00
  • Undergraduate AND post graduate degree (Master’s or Law) from an accredited college/university.
  • Mandatory attendance at a 2006 (if you were to apply this year) two (2) day seminar in Washington, DC. (will be occurring in late July…no definite date set)
  • Successful completion of a written proctored examination
  • You MUST file your application between January 1 and January 31st, or you must wait until the next year to apply to become a certified NFLPA Sports Agent
  • If you are interested in becoming certified for this year, this is the time to do it! Here is a link to register on-line if you are interested. Remember that it comes at a high cost and includes many other requirements that must first be looked over to see if you apply.

    You are required to pass the written exam given on the 2nd day of the Wash D.C. seminar in Late July before you actively recruit or represent any football players.

    I will look into what must be done on your part after you gain registration to keep your NFLPA Agent license in a future post and will continue to discuss these types of issues that are extremely relevant and mostly unknown to aspiring agents.

    This may be a lot of new information for many aspiring NFL Sports Agents, but it is good to know this early, while you can still shape your future. To go over some key points…if you want to be an NFL Sports Agent: get a Master’s or Law Degree (new rule since 2005), secure enough money to pay the application fee, and do not forget that you may only apply between January 1 – January 31 of every year.

    [tags]NFL, nflpa, sports agent, law degree[/tags]

    • Michael White

      Is it possible to view the application?

    • Brandon M.

      So the only way to become a sports agent is to have a master degree or law degree. Is that for every sport, or just the NFL rule ?

      • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

        There is one more way to become an NFLPA advisor. You can have “sufficient negotiating experience”, which obviously is a very subjective standard. You are taking a risk, though. Because you have to pay the registration fee, and if you are deemed to not have that sufficient experience, you lose that fee and do not gain admission to the club. This is purely an NFL rule.

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    • Hall of Fame

      Darren, First of all i would love to commend you on your website…its very informative…I have a quick question…How do you feel about “WOMEN” being sports agents in the NFL? Be honest!! lol

      • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

        I’m always honest! I think that this is an area that will see tremendous growth in the near future. There is a huge shortage of women agents. Not only can a woman agent be just as good negotiating contracts, finding deals, etc for her clients as a male agent, but she also may be able to relate better to an athlete and his wife/parents. I don’t think you run a huge risk of GMs and Player Personnel entities not taking women as seriously, but some bias may exist to an extent.

    • Hall of Fame

      Thanks Darren!!! Be on the lookout!!! im coming!!

    • Hall of Fame

      Hall of Fame: Thanks Darren!!! Be on the lookout!!! im coming!!

      Comment: Darren are there any books that you can recommend on Women working the Sports Industry.. “Football” preferably….

      • http://sportsagentblog.com Darren Heitner

        The book that I am currently contributing on (not yet published) has a section on women in the sports agency business.

    • tommac25

      I am an aspiring sports agent who is look for advice on how to start a promotions company. Im a Marketing Major in college. I feel if I start a Promotions company as a undergraduate in college I will have some basic understanding of Marketing, Advertising, Contracts Etc. I have Emailed several other Agents but none have responded to my Emails. If there is any advice you can give me on starting a promotions company, and how to begin networking with agents I would really appreciate it.

      • http://intensedebate.com/people/DarrenHeitner DarrenHeitner

        That's very interesting. I owned a promotions company as an undergrad,
        but never thought of it as something that would further my
        understanding of the sports agent business. Work for another
        promotions company to gain experience and connections and then maybe
        start up your own.

    • stuart

      Have the requirements changed since the last post for becoming an NFL agent? Where will the seminar be held for 2011? Where/what is the best/easiest source to obtain information for this endeavor?

    • Billington

      I’m interested in becoming an NFL agent and I’m a little confused on the degree qualifications. I will be pursuing a 4 year degree in Sports Management. Will I then have to get a Masters in Sports Management or would I have to attend law school? How long would law school be? Which would be the best choice?

      • http://www.darrenheitner.com Darren Heitner

        You need to have a post-graduate degree. A masters or J.D. is appropriate. Law school is 3 years.

        • hayden

          How long would a masters program take?

    • jonathan

      I have a question about the salary. Do agents get hired by agencies and have a set annual salary, or is their income solely based on a percentage of their players’ contracts? And would being an agent greatly affect the the time I spend with my family?

    • jonathan

      I have a question about the salary. Do agents get hired by agencies and have a set annual salary, or is their income solely based on a percentage of their players’ contracts? And would being an agent greatly affect the the time I spend with my family?

    • Detobiansmith_07

      what if you family member is going to league an wants you to be his agent