Jun
28

UFL Player And Agent Compensation

This past Saturday was the last open tryout for the UFL, a minor league football operation going into its second year of existence.  From what I have heard from plenty of insiders, the talent at these tryouts has been shockingly strong; a lot of previously undiscovered players have been looking better than more established NFL veterans.  But the odds of an open tryout player actually being offered a contract is stacked extremely against him.  That said, what could a player and his agent look forward to should the player be offered a spot on one of the five UFL teams?

For the 2010 UFL season, a player making a UFL team’s roster will earn a salary of $50,000 over a period of eight weeks.  And that is pretty much non-negotiable.  A nice incentive is that if the player makes the UFL Championship Game, he will receive a bonus of at least $10,000 if he is on the losing team and at least $20,000 if he is on the winning team.  And when there are only five teams in the league, those are odds I don’t mind if I am a player.

What about the player’s agent?  The agent can actually execute the player’s contract by signing the UFL Player Contract.  As with the NFL, the UFL mandates that the agent receive no more than 3% of the player’s base salary, signing bonus, and performance bonuses.  The agent can take his commission through a percentage of the player’s compensation, a flat fee, or an hourly fee, but no matter what, the agent cannot take more than a total of 3%.  The UFL team will go ahead and pay the agent his fee if the player authorizes the team to do so.

Someone interested in becoming a UFL certified agent must fill out an agent registration form and submit a fee to the UFL, which will be $250 if that person is already certified by the NFLPA.  Besides establishing the right to get agent fees directly from the team, UFL agents get access to player salary figures, waiver wire transactions, and bonus pool compensation information.

If you are ready to pay your agent registration fee, you can send it along to:

United Football League
ATTN: Matthew Couloute Jr.
501 Riverside Avenue, Suite 904
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-598-1031
Fax: 904-598-1032

  • http://deloatche.com Darren D.

    Last year, there was more information on the public site, than the agent site. Maybe that issue will be corrected this year.

  • Brian

    Darren,

    Do you know if a postgraduate degree (J.D. or MBA) is required to become a registered agent in the UFL? Also, is there an entrance exam similar to the one that the NFLPA administers to aspiring agents?

    I tried the UFL main website to find info but it did not prove to be helpful

  • Hooch

    Crazy, an agent for a non-negotiable salary…….. try another line of work.

    • http://twitter/com/justinherzig Justin Herzig

      Hooch,

      An agent’s job is far from just limited to negotiating contracts with a player’s team. Gotta think outside the box…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_P4HGLUIILE6A3FIM5UZG2RNXQM Justin Chavis

    can you get into the ufl coming right out of high school

  • Sylvester white

    Mr.Matthew, I am Sylvester White i fax you a request for a UFL Agenr registration form on Aug 16, so i can mail the 250 fee.you can email this info to me @
    s.white.msen@sbcglobal.net Do the UFL use a SRA.