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Gary Wichard’s History With The NFLPA’s CARD

Last week, I noted that the NFLPA has the power to take action against agents right now.  Using Section 6(B) of the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, CARD (the Committee on Agent Regulations and Discipline) could use the extraordinary circumstances clause to immediately revoke or suspend an agent’s NFLPA certification.

In last week’s post, I wondered aloud whether the NFLPA might use the clause against Gary Wichard.  While the players’ association would need some credible information before invoking the serious measure, the union may have some motivation to use the clause based on past action against Wichard.

On October 20, 2004, Wichard was handed the following Disciplinary Complaint:

Wichard was held strictly liable for allowing his password for access to confidential salary information to be obtained by a third party in violation of the stated policies of the NFLPA. As a result, third party was able to obtain confidential salary information from the NFLPA’s website on more than 40 occasions.  The Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline issued a letter of reprimand and fined Wichard in the amount of $2,500 to be paid into the Players Assistance Trust (PAT).

Wichard’s action and the ensuing discipline are nothing compared to the current allegations and potential discipline, but at least Wichard is not an unknown to CARD’s disciplinary process.

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.