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Oklahoma reminds agents that “Junior Rule” still applies there

Oklahoma Sooners' Nelson celebrates with teammates after defeating the Connecticut Huskies during the Fiesta Bowl college football game in Arizona Reuters

When the NFLPA became the NFLPA*, the ability to certify and regulate agents expired.  As a result, all rules applicable to agents evaporated — including the so-called “Junior Rule,” which prohibits agents from contacting college players fewer than three years removed from high school.

That said, other provisions may restrict their activities.

Jason D. Leonard, Executive Director of Compliance at the University of Oklahoma, has sent a mass e-mail to agents reminding them that Oklahoma law “still restricts your contact with football ‘underclassmen.'”

For example, the State of Oklahoma Uniform Athlete Agent Act and the University of Oklahoma Athlete Agent Policy require agents, and individuals acting as agents), “to register themselves with both the Secretary of State and University prior to contacting any student-athlete.”  Also, Leonard points out that contact of any type with a student-athlete not eligible to enter into a professional sports contract is prohibited.  As a result, any contact by agents (or their associates, runners, etc.) with any University of Oklahoma football student-athletes who are not at least three years removed from high school violates the law and University of Oklahoma policy.

So, at least in Oklahoma, the “Junior Rule” is alive and well.

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5 Responses to “Oklahoma reminds agents that “Junior Rule” still applies there”
  1. mashoaf says: Mar 24, 2011 8:03 PM

    Ha, if you’re an agent this rule is moot. The agent can say they are talking to player about playing professional football in the CFL. Or they’ll just have a former player talk to the player, just like Deion Sanders “didn’t” talk to Dez Bryant of Oklahoma St.

  2. albjuan says: Mar 24, 2011 8:31 PM

    Yeah , i’m having trouble with this. Aren’t you guys the lawyers? If “all rules evaporated,” then any student-athlete football player can sign a contract with any company they so wish. Right? In America, Europe,where ever,,,,,college basketball players subvert the rules and go to Europe and the NBA currently has a union and a cba. If there is no CBA , and there is no union, what law in any state says a man can’t sign a contract for services rendered?

  3. adeedothatswho says: Mar 24, 2011 8:34 PM

    Does the CBA contain the three year rule? For instance, as the CBA is no more, is it possible for underclassmen to declare for the draft if the three year rule is no longer in effect? And if that were true, those players would be able to sign a professional sports contract, and the agents would be able to speak with them. I’m sure I’m wrong, but I’m asking anyway. Also, does the Oklahoma rule apply to students in that particular sport? Say, if I were playing football there in my sophmore year, I could sign a pro basketball or baseball contract, but not a football contract. Can the wording of the law be applied in that way?

  4. mataug says: Mar 24, 2011 11:30 PM

    adeedothatswho, my guess is that the previous CBA rules are in place for the 2011 NFL draft so that only seniors and juniors can declare for the draft.

  5. dg0122 says: Mar 25, 2011 1:24 AM

    man those sooners sure are sticklers for the rules

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