On September 2, all certified Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) agents received an email concerning amended agent regulations. It was a notice that the MLBPA’s Executive Board has unanimously adopted amendments to the MLBPA’s Regulations Governing Player Agents. While I am not yet MLBPA certified (although I am happy to announce that is changing soon), I received a copy of the email as well.
Please find a copy of the amendment summary that was approved by the Board, below. The Regulations still must be approved by the MLBPA’s legal staff before they become effective on the proposed date of October 1, 2010. A complete copy will be distributed shortly, but for now, the summary sufficiently describes some of the interesting changes to the rules.
Player Agents who were certified under the pre-amendment Regulations, will have 90 days after the effective date (that is, until December 30, 2010) to file new Applications for Certification in accordance with the amended Regulations.
Here are some of the highlights of the summary:
- In addition to people who negotiate MLB contract terms on behalf of their clients, recruiters and people who provide “Client Maintenance Services” must apply for limited MLBPA certification.
- Agents who communicate with players that they do not represent must disclose those communications to the MLBPA. If the communication is planned ahead of time, the agent must give the MLBPA 48 hours advance notice. If the player initiates the communication or it occurs spontaneously, the agent must disclose the communication to the MLBPA 24 hours after it occurs.
- Agents cannot provide or promise anything of value to players not already represented by them and agents may not provide over $1,500 of free baseball equipment per year to a client.
- Upcoming off-season free agency and arbitration eligible players must consult with the MLBPA before making a switch of representation in the off-season.
- An agency may attempt to restrict its employees from departing and immediately competing with the agency in signed employment contracts, however, such restrictive covenants must be deemed “reasonable.”
- All disputes between agents about player representation are to be submitted to the MLBPA’s arbitration procedure.