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Annual Agent Seminar In Indianapolis Will Be Mandatory In 2011

Roughly a week ago, Mark S. Levin, Director of Salary Cap & Agent Administration for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) told all NFLPA Contract Advisors that the February 25, 2011 annual agent seminar in Indianapolis will be mandatory for all certified contract advisors.  In the past, this seminar was one of multiple seminars that a certified contract advisor was permitted to attend in order to fulfill his obligation to attend at least one seminar per year.

The NFLPA’s reasoning for making this particular seminar mandatory is that it is the last seminar “prior to the end of the CBA and possible lockout.”  This is what I find most interesting about the message sent to NFLPA Contract Advisors:

The NFLPA requests that you not book rooms at the following Indianapolis hotels as they have labor issues and our contract advisors should not do business with companies that do not treat their employees with fairness and respect.  The hotels are:  Hyatt Regency, Westin and Sheraton.

I’m surprised the NFLPA did not also tell players to avoid flying Brazilian airlines…you know, since the NFLPA is now promoting boycotting all companies that have labor issues…

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.