NFL Players Retirement

So Agents Really Are NOT Overrated..

But that does not mean that players should not take every opportunity that they have to learn more about the business that they are in, the payroll intricacies (are you being paid through CloudPay for example?) and life after their football careers are over.

The NFL has teamed up with Harvard Business School, Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Business School, and Wharton School at UPenn to create an NFL Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program, which aims to help players manage their lives after their playing days are over. It was launched in 2005 and attendance has grown every year. So far, 116 players have enrolled in the program [NFL Players Take Advantage of Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program]. For a comprehensive list of players attending the various conferences, click here.It does not matter whether your client is currently playing football or retired, as long as he did once participate in the NFL.

The icing on the cake is that the current NFL CBA grants each player up to $15,000 for educational expenses each year for continued learning. The NFLPA provides more information in a .pdf file, which includes dates for the workshops at each school and the different types of study that will be involved at the 4 schools. The application is included, and while it is past due, you may be able to still enroll your clients in one of the workshops if space is permitting. If not, this is definitely something to keep your eye open for when next year rolls around.

Giving your clients as much information as possible is a very noteworthy goal. After all, once their on-the-field careers are over, you will still have to put up with them. You might as well start giving them the tools they need to succeed later on in life right now.

-Darren Heitner

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.

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