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NFLPA dumps “junior rule”

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Under the late Gene Upshaw, the NFLPA overreacted to the Reggie Bush situation at USC, prohibiting any and all contact with college underclassmen.  Five years later, the NFLPA has decided to get rid of the rule.

Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal reports that the union scuttled the provision at its annual meeting in Florida.

The rule created multiple problems for agents.  First, it gave persons not regulated by the NFLPA, like marketing agents, an opportunity to get their hooks into a player before he could even commence the process of interviewing agents.  (Coincidentally, it was marketing agents who gave Bush money and other things of value at USC, not contract agents.)  Then, the marketing agent could steer the player to a specific contract agent.  Also, NFLPA-regulated agents who were inclined to break the rules were still contacting underclassmen, putting the rule-abiding agents at a disadvantage.

So it’s a good move for the NFLPA to dump a rule that never should have been adopted in the first place.

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15 Responses to “NFLPA dumps “junior rule””
  1. rolltide510 says: Mar 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Sure, this will cause college players to become ineligible, and programs will get put on probation for what greedy kids and agents do, but this is a good thing because………wait, why was this a problem?

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Mar 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    Slowly but surely NCAA players will be paid as much as NFL the cheapest NFL player.

  3. savocabol1 says: Mar 27, 2012 6:12 PM

    Can you explain this better? It sounds like you are saying agents will be able to contact college students now. That can’t be right.

  4. realitypolice says: Mar 27, 2012 6:12 PM

    Good start.

    Now get rid of the stupid rule that doesn’t allow underclassman who declare for the draft to play in the college all-star games.

  5. thetooloftools says: Mar 27, 2012 6:23 PM

    College football and basketball players will never get paid because of that stupid title 9 rule that says if you pay men, you have to pay women if the school receives public funding. Women don’t even go to see women’s sports team except maybe some women’s hoops programs. Life isn’t fair. Women trying to pretend their sports are as important as men’s teams are just not supported by data.

  6. ajknox88 says: Mar 27, 2012 6:26 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says:
    Mar 27, 2012 6:08 PM
    Slowly but surely NCAA players will be paid as much as NFL the cheapest NFL player.
    ____

    NCAA will never allow players to be paid, all NCAA athletes are and will always be “amatures”. Otherwise NCAA players would not be allowed to play any sport in colleges.

  7. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 27, 2012 6:55 PM

    Mo and the Ayatolla figured that if Upshaw hasn’t come back by this time it’s probably safe to go ahead and dump his rules.

  8. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 27, 2012 6:57 PM

    Whenever I see articles regarding the ridiculous mess that is a college athletes’ rights (or lack there-of) to profit off themselves, I think of that genius episode of South Park and the “Crack Baby Athletic Association.”

    College athletics = legal slavery

    Pretty victimless crime when you consider the “student” athletes know what their signing up for, just think everybody needs to call it what it is.

  9. irishnativeson says: Mar 27, 2012 7:00 PM

    What is the point of the NCAA’s media campaign of “athletes going pro in something other than sports”? Better yet, how does the NCAA finance such a campaign? Some of the football programs alone practically drive an entire university. Just look at what kind of compensation athletic directors justify. The athletes themselves are deserving of a larger portion of the revenue their athletic talent generates. Scholarships and funding of academic pursuits appears to be secondary to the prestige that an athlete and a winning program can bestow upon these “institutions of higher learning”. Do you think a potential football recruit to the “U” goes to visit the library? How many alumni from the “U” could even find the library?

  10. crazybeardedjack says: Mar 27, 2012 7:16 PM

    ajknox88 says: Mar 27, 2012 6:26 PM

    NCAA will never allow players to be paid, all NCAA athletes are and will always be “amatures”. Otherwise NCAA players would not be allowed to play any sport in colleges.

    ———————-

    Apparently you’ve been living in a hole for the past few months that we’ve heard talk of college stipends. I’d be more apt to agree with the Title IX issue of payment than your “amatures” argument.

    The NCAA is going to be forced to adapt soon or it’s going to get blown up. It’s an antiquated organization.

  11. mjkelly77 says: Mar 27, 2012 7:25 PM

    Agents are leeches.

  12. TheWizard says: Mar 27, 2012 8:36 PM

    Maybe it’s time to blow the lid off this notion that many of these guys are attending college to begin with.

    Totally corrupt system that nobody talks about.

  13. gator2006 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:26 PM

    “NCAA will never allow players to be paid, all NCAA athletes are and will always be “amatures” [sic]. Otherwise NCAA players would not be allowed to play any sport in colleges.”

    Circular reasoning at its finest.

  14. richdaddy2377 says: Mar 28, 2012 12:51 AM

    4thquartermagic says:
    Mar 27, 2012 6:57 PM
    Whenever I see articles regarding the ridiculous mess that is a college athletes’ rights (or lack there-of) to profit off themselves, I think of that genius episode of South Park and the “Crack Baby Athletic Association.”

    College athletics = legal slavery

    Pretty victimless crime when you consider the “student” athletes know what their signing up for, just think everybody needs to call it what it is.

    Anyone who compares any sports to slavery is just plain stupid. First and foremost nobody is forcing these kids to play sports, its there choice. Not true with slavery. Second slaves were not educated, beaten, chained, barely giving shelter, food, sometimes there foot was cut off for leaving. Nobody has done anything like that to these kids. Slavery has been abolished, stop bringing it up, you sound racist and ignorant every time you do. Its the easiest argument to make and yet the dumbest. Because it has no merit. Oh No the kids do not get paid, oh wait they do. First they already get stipends, second they get a free education, if there too stupid not to take advantage not my problem, third they get some free food, they get free tutors, they get to travel for free. All of which they would not do, how much would they complain when they pay taxes, which they do not, on the higher stipends. They will shut up if they have to pay for stuff.

  15. giantsalldaysb4246 says: Mar 28, 2012 10:31 AM

    can someone explain this to me? so does that mean you have to go four years now to get drafted?

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