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Health Insurance For NFL Players In Case A Work Stoppage Occurs

Earlier today, Dennis Curran, Senior Vice President of Labor Litigation and Policy with the National Football League, send out the following letter to all NFLPA Contract Advisors.

Other than the email listing every single NFLPA Contract Advisor’s email address (yes, someone at the NFL forgot to BCC all recipients), the thing that sticks out to me is the following line, found in the third paragraph of the letter.

“The insurance can be paid for by the player or the NFLPA.” (emphasis added)

Is this a measure by the NFL to put some additional pressure on the NFLPA?

Okay fine, the line that sticks out the most is obviously this:

I have repeatedly been told by agents and players that you are not getting reliable information on this point, and in recent months, there has in fact been a great deal of misinformation circulated on this subject.  Some of that misinformation has included suggestions that wives of players need to induce labor prematurely to give birth before March 4, that children with serious illnesses will lose their insurance coverage overnight, or other equally inaccurate and inflammatory statements. (emphasis added)

Who the hell is providing that information?

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.