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NFLPA Re-certifies Agents; Announces New Standard Representation Agreements

Yesterday, the NFL Players Association sent an email to all NFLPA Contract Advisors informing them of whether they are now fully certified by the Association and advising that at some time in the future, Contract Advisors will be using new Standard Representation Agreements (SRA) with their NFL (and potential NFL) clients.

In early March 2011, the NFLPA decertified in an effort to file an antitrust action (amongst other stated reasons) against the NFL after the NFL locked out its players.  Upon decertification of the Association, all Contract Advisors lost such status; the NFLPA was no longer regulating agents that represented football players.  Upon the re-establishment of the NFLPA as a union (as opposed to the trade association it claimed to be for a period of time), the NFLPA provided “temporary certification” to all agents who were certified as Contract Advisors prior to the decertification of the Association.  Only now (after a background investigation) are agents sure as to whether that temporary certification has turned into permanent certification or not.

The NFLPA also mentioned that they are in the process of printing revised SRAs.  However, in the meantime, Contract Advisors may continue to use the SRA dated 03/07 until you they advised that a supply of new SRAs have been mailed to them, along with instructions for completing the SRAs properly.

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.