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Miale meeting tomorrow with NFLPA

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On Monday night, Jay-Z celebrated the 10th anniversary of his 40/40 Club in Manhattan.  On Wednesday, the NFLPA will continue to explore whether Jay-Z’s effort to run an NFL agency will make it to a first anniversary.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, NFLPA officials will meet on Wednesday with Kim Miale, the NFLPA-certified agent hired by Roc Nation Sports to serve as the in-house football agent.  The union, which previously has met with other Roc Nation representatives, is investigating the question of whether and to what extent Jay-Z was involved in recruiting Jets quarterback Geno Smith to hire Miale.

The NFLPA, which regulates contract agents, permits only NFLPA-certified agents to be involved in the recruitment of clients.  Technically, then, any involvement from Jay-Z would run afoul of the rules.

As we’ve previously pointed out, Jay-Z’s situation doesn’t fit within the spirit of the rule against so-called runners.  The NFLPA, frustrated by the inability to effectively police those who, at the behest of NFLPA-certified agents, were recruiting college players with cash or other things of value, opted in 2012 to remove runners from the process completely.

But Jay-Z isn’t a runner, in the classic sense of the term.  Runners work for agents.  In this case, the agent (Miale) works for the would-be runner.

That’s why the NFLPA should use this situation as an occasion to consider adjusting the rules that apply to those who own agencies.  The problem is that, if the Roc Nation folks and/or Miale opt for the tangled-web approach, insisting Jay-Z wasn’t involved in recruiting Smith with anyone with common sense and/or access to an Instagram account knows he was, the philosophical points will be lost in the more practical question of whether folks are lying to the union.

None of that seems to matter to Jay-Z, whose overall business plan apparently consists of doing what he wants and seeing if anyone has the ability or the will to stop him.  And that has made many wonder where this all will end.

Given the presence of Robert Kraft at last night’s part, it’s hard not to wonder whether Jay-Z ultimately aspires to own a sports-related business slightly larger and more significant than a player agency.

If, after all, Jay-Z’s business plan truly consists of doing what he wants and seeing if anyone has the ability or the will to stop him, he’ll fit in quite nicely with the NFL.

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17 Responses to “Miale meeting tomorrow with NFLPA”
  1. dangernearing says: Jun 18, 2013 11:52 AM

    Do all NFL player agents represent JUST football players? If the answer is no, then I see nothing wrong with Jay-Z having his hands in the player representation.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 18, 2013 11:52 AM

    If the underlings can’t work things out, Jay-Z will meet with “Lay-Z” himself, D. Smith. In a garish sartorial showdown, that left bystanders gasping in horror.

  3. officialgame says: Jun 18, 2013 11:57 AM

    Clearly JZ’s plan is to sign every star NFL player possible then start his own league.

  4. nickster31 says: Jun 18, 2013 11:57 AM

    This is seriously getting SO stupid.

    Jay-Z, give Miale 5% of the company so he is considered part owner, then no one can say anything, and this mess ends.

    I still don’t understand what the big deal is?

  5. thehouseofho says: Jun 18, 2013 11:59 AM

    Jay-Z doesn’t need to actively recruit any athletes to join Roc Nation Sports and sign with Miale. Considering the age of Geno Smith, it’s not hard to imagine Smith growing up, idolizing Jay-Z, and having that be the basis for the Miale signing.

    Jay-Z can just sit back and watch while more and more athletes who grew up idolizing him come out of college and just want to attach their names to his. Does that still make him a runner?

  6. keylimelight says: Jun 18, 2013 12:00 PM

    “If, after all, Jay-Z’s business plan truly consists of doing what he wants and seeing if anyone has the ability or the will to stop him, he’ll fit in quite nicely with the NFL.”

    This is the most succinct summation of this issue I’ve seen anywhere. (And on a global scale, it also applies to all government institutions and their respective enforcement agencies.)

  7. nickster31 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:01 PM

    “The problem is that, if the Roc Nation folks and/or Miale opt for the tangled-web approach, insisting Jay-Z wasn’t involved in recruiting Smith with anyone with common sense and/or access to an Instagram account knows he was, the philosophical points will be lost in the more practical question of whether folks are lying to the union.”

    Unless of course, if that picture was taken during the negotiations for the marketing contract, then it would be 100% legit.

    This is NO DIFFERENT than the tampering issues. Jay-Z can talk to ANY player about a marketing deal. Unless the player comes out and says that they were talking about his NFL contract, then there will never be any proof.

    This is simply going to become another “don’t ask, don’t tell” NFL issue that is never going to be proven unless someone outs themselves.

  8. Steeley McBeam says: Jun 18, 2013 12:08 PM

    Regardless of outcome, Jay-Z is one of the best businessmen in America. Considering what he started with he truly deserves every battle he wins.

  9. JC says: Jun 18, 2013 12:10 PM

    Jay Z’s arrogance is going to cause a problem. The man needs to be put in check.

  10. thesteelers says: Jun 18, 2013 12:12 PM

    We take time out of our busy schedules to point and laugh at the NFLPA.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 18, 2013 12:15 PM

    But who is to say what the complete and full definition of the “spirit” means? That’s why they have rules that are written out and explained. In this case, they just aren’t explained in a clear enough manner to boil anybody in hot water. Build a system with loopholes if you want, but then don’t expect players to not want to journey through the Goldilocks zone.

    Look it up DeMaurice Smith, you might learn something neat:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Circumstellar_habitable_zone

  12. nfloracle says: Jun 18, 2013 12:31 PM

    Kraft’s grinning in that image as if he just stole Jay Z’s diamond ear ring.

  13. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 18, 2013 12:47 PM

    Or how about Miale says nothing other than here is my 100 page FAQ document. I’m sure every question you could possibly ask is in there and has my written response. I put the best zingers on page one, check it out, any other questions?

  14. Andre's Johnson says: Jun 18, 2013 1:17 PM

    Jay-Z is probably the most well-connected organized crime lord in the world. De Smith better mind his P’s and Q’s.

  15. doe22us says: Jun 18, 2013 1:33 PM

    The 40/40 club stil exists???

  16. nflofficeadmin says: Jun 18, 2013 1:59 PM

    If Chris Wallace doesn’t die, none of this happens. None of it.

  17. notoriousjebus says: Jun 18, 2013 3:52 PM

    I think this is primarily driven by the authorized agents out there rather than the NFLPA.

    I mean I can safely assume that Jay Z is not going to abscond with his draft picks checks not is it likely he will engage in any sort of fraud. I think the current agents are just terrified that he’s going to end up with a massive chunk of the first rounders for the next several years, and are desperately trying to do anything to stop him from getting a foothold in their business.

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