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NFLPA officially gets rid of “runners”

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Agents who break the rules have lost an advantage, with the “junior rule” prohibiting contact with underclassmen going away.  The termination of that rule means that agents who follow the rules will once again be on equal footing with those who don’t.

And there’s more bad news for agents who break the rules.  They’ll no longer be able to use “runners” to help fish for incoming players.  (Yeah, I wedged “fish” into this so the picture would make sense.)  As agent Ralph Cindrich said recently, “If you are an agent you have to be in control of your office.  If you employ runners what you really have are dirty partners.”

An April 10 memo to agents explaining the changes has been “obtained by” (i.e., given to) ProPlayerInsiders.com, a union-licensed website that some would say is no different than the league-owned NFL.com.  (At least the NFL’s connection to and potential influence over NFL.com is obvious.)

Now, all persons involved in the recruitment of a player must be NFLPA-certified agents.

The NFLPA’s Board of Player Representatives also has created a new procedure for resolving fee disputes when multiple agents who represent the same player part ways.  Now, the player will be able to deposit his fee into escrow.

All three moves make a lot of sense.  The “junior rule” gave too much power to unregulated advisers and those agents who still contacted underclassmen despite the prohibition.  Runners have caused many problems, in part because the NFLPA has no jurisdiction over them.  And too many players have been caught between squabbling agents; this new procedure gives them a way to stay out of the crossfire.

We now return to topics about which the other 99.5 percent of the audience cares.

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10 Responses to “NFLPA officially gets rid of “runners””
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 11, 2012 2:04 PM

    Well, if Bobby Petrino hadn’t got rid of his. He wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in. Ziiiing!!

  2. mike83ri says: Apr 11, 2012 2:17 PM

    You might have fallen a bit out of touch if you think 99.5 percent of the audience prefers stories about Lisa Salters and Jim Irsay’s daily gaffes.

    On the contrary, the people reading your site in the off-season probably care a lot about these nuances.

  3. rando74 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:22 PM

    Im 99.5% sure that I dont care about 99.5% of what is posted on here. However, the other .5% I’ll admit is real good stuff.

    BAZINGA!!

  4. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 11, 2012 2:04 PM

    Well, if Bobby Petrino hadn’t got rid of his. He wouldn’t be in the mess he’s in. Ziiiing!!
    ====================================

    Correction. That’s “Ba-zinnnngg!

  5. geniusesq says: Apr 11, 2012 3:26 PM

    I care about this more than who has a bigger Woody over the Jets getting on Hard Knocks again.

  6. texansarenumber1 says: Apr 11, 2012 3:59 PM

    I see what you did there ;)

  7. texansarenumber1 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:00 PM

    All the people who say they don’t care obviously care enough to post a comment about how much they don’t care

  8. mjkelly77 says: Apr 11, 2012 4:24 PM

    rando74 says:Apr 11, 2012 3:22 PM

    Im 99.5% sure that I dont care about 99.5% of what is posted on here. However, the other .5% I’ll admit is real good stuff.

    BAZINGA!!
    __________________

    I want to give this a “thumbs up” but it won’t be accepted. I guess Mike F. still controls the approval/diapproval process.

  9. geniusesq says: Apr 11, 2012 5:03 PM

    They will never get rid of runners.

  10. EJ says: Apr 11, 2012 5:26 PM

    PFT rocks, all the stories are worth reading. Its the best Pro Football site available hands down! Though without Mike Florio, the site would not be as popular. Florio made this website what it is today. Keep up the good work!

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