UFL Will De-Certify NFL Agents

The United Football League (UFL) recently put our a memo informing sports agents who are registered with the National Football League Player’s Association (NFLPA), may file with the UFL for a fee of $250. This will allow sports agents to represent their players in contract negotiations.  The problem is that the contracts in the UFL are non-negotiable. Take it or leave it. The salaries in the UFL are tiered based on the value for the player, not years of experience like that of the National Football League (NFL).  UFL contracts do not have incentives that need to be negotiated. The range of salaries is as low as $25,000 for some players and up to $250,000 for quarterbacks. This structure will help keep salaries in line and limit the out of control spending that has run rampant in the NFL.

With that being said, there have been calls to unionize the sports agents of the UFL, but I see a very different result from the current non-unionization of the UFL. While momentum is building for a UFL player’s union should the inaugural season be a success, the fact that there is no need for sports agent representation in the UFL will ultimately ruin the certification process and need for agent representation in the NFL. As we have identified in previous blog posts, NFL player contracts are similarly “non-negotiable” to a certain extent. As soon as more and more players begin to realize what they are giving up, the NFLPA agents will be de-certified. 

I think players should be able to negotiate their own payment structure and compensation levels with their sports agent. You get what you pay for. A three percent (3%) fee for doing a job is rather miniscule and not always worth the value the personal service gives to the job, does not do anyone any justice. I know the NFLPA is trying to protect its players, but the system is now old, antiquated, and out-dated and needs to be modified…again.  Global society has hit the “reset” button, so too should the sports world and look to restructure its current model of sports representation.


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