We don’t need a Developmental League, we need Football Academies

We’ve all heard over and over again about the need for a Developmental League to supplement the talent pool within the NFL.  The drumbeat mantra bangs “Draft & Develop, Draft & Develop”.  In fact the numbers speak for themselves (in support of a D-League) with the average NFL career lasting all of about 3 years.  The League has argued … [Read more...]

NFL draftees — take charge of your own professional brand from Day One

The NFL Network is airing a commercial on behalf of the League that dramatizes the moment "that lives are changed forever".  The point is to emphasize the enormity of the situation that IS being selected in the annual NFL Draft.  Players step up to the podium, accept their new team's ball cap, hug NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in an always awkward … [Read more...]

The not so Glamorous Life of a Sports Agent – Part 2

Click here to read Part 1 of Josh Elkin's interview with NFL agent Howard Shatsky. By Josh Elkin I asked Howard whether he will recruit a player that may be in it only for money. “If word on the street is they are just looking who’s going to pay for the most stuff, then I’m probably not the guy for them. Players learn from teammates that have … [Read more...]

Legal Issues Facing NFL Agents

The following article is a guest contribution from Evan Brennan. Mr. Brennan is an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor and a current student at Chapman Law School. He holds a Master’s degree in Sports Management from California State University at Long Beach, and a Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He has worked in athlete public … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations: When, where, how, & why of injury settlements

With all the preseason action now behind us, the 32 NFL clubs begin the arduous task of reducing down the roster to 53 in preparation for Week 1 of the regular season.  A lot of activity on the wire will waive and terminate players accordingly, and I'm sure there'll be a few designations pop up that some of you might not be accustomed to.  I've … [Read more...]

The cascading effects of trimming NFL players from the roster

From 90 to 75, Down to 53: Behind the Scramble By Evan Brennan Its that time of year again. NFL teams have until 4 PM, EST on Tuesday, August 27, to chop their rosters down to 75 players from the previous allowed allotment of 90 players they have been able to carry throughout the summer.  From there, August 31 (just 4 days later) is the date in … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – The curious case in support of incentives

In a perfect professional football world all NFL player contracts would be built off incentives.  In an industry that is so dependent on FUTURE production it seems asinine to pay someone for the PAST.  Yet the key to lucrative opportunity in the NFL is the amount of guaranteed money an agent can build into his client’s contract and conversely the … [Read more...]

Sports Negotiations – The discriminatory nature of the Split Contract

In a split second the receiver catches ball, comes down with two feet inbounds, converts the first down, and the defender crashes down on the back of his right leg….instantly snapping both his tibia & fibula.  And so it goes, another productive receiver is sent to Reserve/Injured.  After presenting The Football Educator’s readers with a … [Read more...]

NFL Salary Cap – Negotiating rookie contracts & the 25% Increase Rule

The Football Educator recently addressed the elimination of option bonuses in rookie contracts and the effect this had on the upper selections of the first round in the annual NFL Draft.  Option & roster bonuses provided loopholes to circumnavigate rookie pool restrictions on NFL Clubs as they signed their rookie class under the NFL Salary Cap … [Read more...]

NFL Salary Cap – Eliminating the loopholes in Rookie Contracts

The National Football League has gone through extensive changes over the past few seasons (on and off the field).  The League’s front office and Competition Committee have taken progressive steps toward the safety of NFL players with extensive rule changes applied to techniques long thought to be just “part of the game”. The extension of the … [Read more...]