Want To Be An NFL Agent In 2021?

Are you interested in representing NFL players in their contract negotiations with NFL teams? You will first need to become certified with the NFL Players Association as a licensed Contract Advisor.

Every year, the NFLPA provides one month for interested individuals to submit their applications. That window opens today (January 13) for 2021 and will close as of midnight on February 12. The NFLPA is clear that it will accept absolutely no late filings.

As stated on the NFLPA website, applicants must submit a non-refundable fee of $2,500, authorize the performance of a background investigation, attend a two-day seminar, and successfully complete a multiple-choice, proctored examination. Historically, the seminar and examination were held in-person, in Washington D.C. This year, due to the continued effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the seminar and test will be held virtually in the Summer.

Additionally, as has been the case in the past, applicants will only be deemed qualified to serve as Contract Advisors if they have an undergraduate and postgraduate degree. The exception to that rule is when an applicant is able to demonstrate that he/she has a minimum of seven years of sufficient negotiating experience.

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.