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NFLPA May Open The Dues Lockout Fund

As long as the NFLPA and the NFL do not come up with a solution regarding a new collective bargaining agreement and the NFL’s lockout is not enjoined by a court of law, the NFLPA will begin making payments to the players it represents starting on April 15, 2011.  Players will receive 1/6 of the amount of dues that they paid into the Dues Lockout Fund on the 15th day of every month starting on April 15th and ending on September 15, 2011.  At this point in time, there is no indication as to what will happen to any remaining funds should the parties come to a resolution regarding a new collective bargaining agreement prior to September 15.

Players who have deposited money into the Dues Lockout Fund and wish to start receiving payments on April 15th must complete the direct deposit enrollment form embedded below and return it to the NFLPA  with a voided check from their checking account or a bank letter verifying the account information.

Email the completed form and a copy of the voided check to [email protected], fax it to (202) 756-9319, or mail it to NFLPA, Attn: Accounting, 1133 20th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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.