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NFLPA To Accept New Contract Advisor Applications On January 15, 2012

Traditionally, the NFLPA allows people interested in becoming NFLPA Contract Advisors to apply for certification at any time in the month of January.  Historically, there have not been opportunities outside of January to submit an application.

In 2011, the NFLPA provided absolutely no window for interested individuals to apply.  On December 22, 2010, the NFLPA issued a notice explaining that it cancelled its normal application process because of the “uncertain circumstances surrounding the CBA and the possibility of a lockout of our players by the NFL and its clubs after the expiration of the CBA.”  As we all know, the NFL and its clubs did, in fact, lockout the players.

Now that the lockout is well behind us and the NFL has resumed play, the NFLPA is once again opening its doors to people who wish to apply for certification as Contract Advisors.  However, this year, applicants will have the opportunity to apply as late as February 10, 2012.

The NFLPA has delayed accepting applications.  Instead of taking applications starting on January 1, 2012, the first day to submit an application is anticipated to be January 15, 2012.  After February 10, 2012, no new applications will be accepted.

On January 15, 2012, you should be able to click here and submit your application electronically.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.