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UFL’s $150,000 Transfer Fee Has A Victim

On November 22, I talked about the United Football League’s $150,000 Transfer Fee, which is embedded into Section 3(b)(iv) of the UFL Uniform Player Contract.  The fee is only being applied to NFL teams that wish to sign a UFL player directly to their active rosters.  It may be waived by the Commissioner of the UFL, as was done last year; however, Commissioner Huyghue has resisted any temptations to change course this year.

We now know that the Transfer Fee is affecting talented football players who wish to play in the NFL right now.  It has been reported that former FSU tailback Lorenzo Booker was ready to sign with the Minnesota Vikings until the Vikings backed out when the UFL refused to waive the Transfer Fee.

My stance continues to be that there is no excuse for players and their agents to say that they did not know about the Transfer Fee; it is clearly embedded in the Uniform Player Contract that each UFL player signed prior to competing in this year’s championship season.  Will the UFL suffer because of its hard-line stance regarding this fee?  Quite possibly.  Maybe it will deter players from going the UFL route in the future.  But the fact of the matter is that the clause existed prior to the start of this season, so players with knowledge of that provision who felt it could negatively affect them should have considered it prior to executing the contract.

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.

One reply on “UFL’s $150,000 Transfer Fee Has A Victim”

Seems to me that the real issue remains whether or not he clause should be enforced. Have any of these players even taken the position that they didn’t know about the clause?

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