On January 19, 2011, I wrote that the NFL should look into the NBA’s conflict of interest regulations, which currently prohibit agents from representing management personnel and players. This dual representation is currently permitted by the NFLPA as long as there is full disclosure of all entities represented to each client. As of the publishing of this post, the Canadian Football League Players Association (CFLPA) also permits the dual representation with the same type of disclosure. However, on March 20, 2012, CFLPA President Stu Laird distributed a memorandum to all CFLPA Contract Advisors stating that the CFLPA is “considering amending the Regulations to prohibit a Contract Advisor from representing Management Personnel when he/she represents one or more Players.”
The CFLPA will not make a decision regarding the potential rule change until it receives comments from certified Contract Advisors. Laird requests that Contract Advisors contact the CFLPA’s legal counsel, Edward H. Molstad, Q.C. at firstname.lastname@example.org. I personally believe it would be a prudent move and would encourage the NFLPA to follow suit.