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Tom Condon Talks CBA & NFL Draft

Did you know that Tom Condon of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has represented 5 of the last 6 #1 overall picks in the NFL Draft?  That is amazingly impressive.  To top it off, Condon represents Sam Bradford, and even though the St. Louis Rams say that they will not sign a contract with their future pick prior to the draft, almost everyone assumes (including Condon) that the pick will be Bradford at #1.

With Condon making his final preparations for the NFL Draft, he found the time to chat with about the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement issues and the NFL Draft process.  Here is one Q&A between Condon and

Forbes: How does the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement in March 2011 affect contracts for this year’s draft class?

Tom Condon: The expiration of the collective bargaining agreement gives us more flexibility with the contract structure because we have two more years to guarantee for skill, injury and cap. Additionally, we do not have to deal with the 30% rule restriction which applies to contracts under the current CBA. [Rookie contracts previously were restricted to a 30% annual salary increase.]

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.