Nov
12

A Look At Arena Football League Letter Of Intent Provided To Players

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Letters of intent (also known as LOIs) are often used as precursors to final long-form agreements.  They typically contain material elements that the parties agree to with clear divisions between binding and non-binding provisions contained therein.  It allows the parties to put something down on paper and move forward with a working relationship in the…
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Nov
20

Arena Football League Players Union Criticized For Withholding Information From Player Agents

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The Standard Player Contract provided to players who will play in the Arena Football League (AFL) in 2013 contains an addendum titled, “Authorization for Deduction of Union Dues or Agency Fees.”  It allows the AFL or agent of AFL to deduct from a player’s weekly compensation the amount equal to the “initiation fee, dues and…
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Oct
25

Combine For Potential Arena Football League Athletes

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The Arena Football League (AFL) and Beyond Sports Network (BSN) have teamed up to create an exclusive combine system for potential AFL athletes.  The combine system will consist of regional workouts around the United States with combine tests and position-specific drills, and allows athletes to receive film from the event, which will be shared with…
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Oct
11

A Look At The Arena Football League’s New Collective Bargaining Agreement

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Since August 10, 2012, the Arena Football League (AFL) has been operating pursuant to a new collective bargaining agreement (embedded at the bottom of this article).  The CBA will be in effect until September 30, 2017, when the players’ union and the AFL teams will once again go through the painstaking process of negotiating another…
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May
19

United Football League, Canadian Football League, or Arena Football League

The following is a guest contribution from Martin Fischman, Dynasty’s Football Division Director. As a football agent, you have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of your clients.  But what happens when a player is either released from an NFL team with no other teams willing to sign the player, or the…
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Sep
30

Arena Football Will Return

Arena Football was never dead.  Even though the AFL scratched its 2009 season, the AFL2, a “minor league” version of the AFL (which was considered a minor league of the NFL) played out its season.  Many wondered whether the AFL2 would just replace the AFL with the AFL’s former talent.  There is no longer a…
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Aug
05

Arena Football League Bankrupt And Disbanding

Here’s to hoping that the UFL turns out to be a successful venture.  Less than a year ago, I was sitting at a table outside of a panel at the 2008 Princeton Sports Law Symposium when someone yelled that the AFL was going to be suspending its 2009 season.  After quickly verifying that rumor, I…
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Jul
01

Arena Football Lingering

The AFL2, which is a peg below the Arena Football League (AFL), has been playing out its 2009 season while the AFL scrapped its season due to financial issues.  Just last week, the AFL2 had a big announcement that its championship game will be held at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena.  The AFL2 is busy…
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Apr
10

The AFL’s Future: Sink Plunging Or Swim-Moves?

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In December 2008, the Arena Football League canceled its 2009 AFL season with the intention of reviving the league for the start of a 2010 season.  Since then, Commissioner Ed Policy relinquished his position, but stated that the position of Commissioner will be abolished as a whole in favor of appointing a new person in…
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Dec
11

Looking Like A Moratorium On The AFL

Maybe we don’t have to wait until Friday, December 19, after all.  All signs point to the 2009 AFL season being cancelled with the hope that it is back up and running in 2010.  This comes after the players’ union agreed to cut the salary cap from $2 million to $1.4 million with the hope…
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