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Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game Taking A Year Off

Yesterday, I woke up to a few tweets explaining that the Texas vs. Nation Game (which was called The NFLPA Game in 2011) has been cancelled until 2013.  The one-year hiatus is claimed to be the result of stadium construction.  Besides Pro Days and the NFL Scouting Combine, college football all-star games are excellent venues for graduating seniors to show off their skills in front of NFL scouts.  This coming off-season, agents will not be focusing on placing their clients in the Texas vs. Nation Game, but there may be some worthy alternatives.

Historically, the Senior Bowl has provided scouts with the best senior talent.  The Senior Bowl is followed by the Shrine Game.  The Texas vs. Nation Game, was known as the third best option, pitting some of the best seniors from Texas against seniors from the rest of the United States.  Neil Stratton of believes that an Arizona-based all-star game co-owned by former Texas Tech head coach Mike Leach could take the place of Texas vs. Nation Game as the next best opportunity for players not invited to the Senior Bowl or the Shrine Game.  Last year, the Arizona game was called the Eastham Energy College All-Star Game, but with a new sponsor (the Casino Del Sol resort), expect a new name for the game.

Further, Justin VanFulpen, who has experience working for the Texas vs. Nation Game, tweeted that there will be a new college football all-star game announcement this Friday.  Perhaps that new game will be separate from the aforementioned Arizona game and will actually be a more desirable destination for college seniors.  Time will tell.

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.