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Class Counsel Crafts A Brady v. NFL Q&A – SPORTS AGENT BLOG
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Class Counsel Crafts A Brady v. NFL Q&A

On April 20, 2011, Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal broke news that a breakaway group of as many as 70 NFL players have committed to a law firm to intervene in the Brady v. NFL case.  According to Kaplan, the group is upset that talks in Washington D.C. broke off, and wants a seat at the mediation table.

Yesterday, the NFLPA sent former NFLPA Certified Contract Advisors (since there are no current certified advisors) a Q&A crafted by the current class counsel in the Brady v. NFL case.  The NFLPA requested all advisors to pass the Q&A on to their clients, pointing out that they will all be members of the class in Brady v. NFL.  It seemed as though it was at least, in part, a reaction to news of the formation of a breakaway group.  Any fears of being excluded from the class are further calmed by the class counsel in the Q&A itself.

Do players need to do anything to be included and represented in the Brady class?

No.  All players – whether an NFL veteran or a rookie seeking his first NFL contract – will be members of the Brady class.  There is nothing they need to do now to become class members or to join the case.  If you or they have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to call one of the Brady class counsel listed below.

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.