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No NFL Scouts Will Attend Inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

Back on December 8, 2011, I suggested that the inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl may have an eligibility issue.  The issue is that the game will showcase the top draft eligible collegiate football players from across the country, including underclassman who have declared for the NFL Draft.  At the time that I published the post, I had heard that at least one NFL team Personnel Director said that teams received a letter earlier in 2011 informing them that they are not permitted to attend games that include underclassmen.  On January 9, 2012, the Associated Press confirmed my belief.  The NFL will not allow team scouts to attend the game.  But even though no NFL scouts will be at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, that does not mean that those same scouts will refuse to view the film after the game is concluded.

The NFL’s decision is an interesting one.  Underclassmen have until January 15 to declare for the Draft and until January 18 to withdraw their names.  The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl will not take place until January 21.  Thus, the concern that scouts will be in person watching players who still have student-athlete eligibility is moot.  But a rule is a rule, and the NFL has put its foot down.

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.

One reply on “No NFL Scouts Will Attend Inaugural NFLPA Collegiate Bowl”

Too bad for those prospects, its the practice days that are often more helpful for those in need of another look by scouts.

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