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UFL Player And Agent Compensation

This past Saturday was the last open tryout for the UFL, a minor league football operation going into its second year of existence.  From what I have heard from plenty of insiders, the talent at these tryouts has been shockingly strong; a lot of previously undiscovered players have been looking better than more established NFL veterans.  But the odds of an open tryout player actually being offered a contract is stacked extremely against him.  That said, what could a player and his agent look forward to should the player be offered a spot on one of the five UFL teams?

For the 2010 UFL season, a player making a UFL team’s roster will earn a salary of $50,000 over a period of eight weeks.  And that is pretty much non-negotiable.  A nice incentive is that if the player makes the UFL Championship Game, he will receive a bonus of at least $10,000 if he is on the losing team and at least $20,000 if he is on the winning team.  And when there are only five teams in the league, those are odds I don’t mind if I am a player.

What about the player’s agent?  The agent can actually execute the player’s contract by signing the UFL Player Contract.  As with the NFL, the UFL mandates that the agent receive no more than 3% of the player’s base salary, signing bonus, and performance bonuses.  The agent can take his commission through a percentage of the player’s compensation, a flat fee, or an hourly fee, but no matter what, the agent cannot take more than a total of 3%.  The UFL team will go ahead and pay the agent his fee if the player authorizes the team to do so.

Someone interested in becoming a UFL certified agent must fill out an agent registration form and submit a fee to the UFL, which will be $250 if that person is already certified by the NFLPA.  Besides establishing the right to get agent fees directly from the team, UFL agents get access to player salary figures, waiver wire transactions, and bonus pool compensation information.

If you are ready to pay your agent registration fee, you can send it along to:

United Football League
ATTN: Matthew Couloute Jr.
501 Riverside Avenue, Suite 904
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-598-1031
Fax: 904-598-1032

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.

6 replies on “UFL Player And Agent Compensation”


Do you know if a postgraduate degree (J.D. or MBA) is required to become a registered agent in the UFL? Also, is there an entrance exam similar to the one that the NFLPA administers to aspiring agents?

I tried the UFL main website to find info but it did not prove to be helpful

Mr.Matthew, I am Sylvester White i fax you a request for a UFL Agenr registration form on Aug 16, so i can mail the 250 can email this info to me @
[email protected] Do the UFL use a SRA.

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