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Exception to NFLPA’s “runner rule” may swallow it

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When Jay Z decided to open a sports agency without actual certification from the NFL Players Association to actually represent NFL players, an obvious problem arose.

Since the NFLPA’s “runner rule” prevents persons without NFLPA certification from being involved in the recruitment of clients, Jay Z technically could not have been involved in the recruitment of Jets quarterback Geno Smith.

But Jay Z was, luring Smith to Roc Nation and hiring little-known agent Kim Miale to be the NFLPA-certified agent officially listed on the contract.  The NFLPA understandably investigated the situation, given the obvious evidence pointing to Jay Z being involved in recruiting Geno.

Faced with the challenge of whacking Miale for allowing her employer to be involved in the recruitment of Geno Smith, the NFLPA found a different way out of the corn maze.

They changed the rule.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, the union “tweaked” the otherwise bright line to allow persons who work with certified NFLPA agents to sit in on meetings with prospective clients.

Which means that certified NFLPA agents can now hire “closers” like former players, celebrities, actors, musicians, etc. to help deliver clients.

Plenty of agents will be satisfied with that outcome.  They simply wanted guidance regarding what the rule did — and didn’t — prohibit.  The current message is that, if you want to hire a non-agent to help close deals, have at it.

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15 Responses to “Exception to NFLPA’s “runner rule” may swallow it”
  1. m3dman3 says: Dec 6, 2013 6:15 PM

    Jay Z is not a New Yorker anymore.

  2. thelionsrgreat says: Dec 6, 2013 6:25 PM

    Really stupid by the NFLPA, but that’s no surprise. The continue to make stupid decisions

  3. lawyermalloy says: Dec 6, 2013 6:40 PM

    Once again the idiot at the NFLPA show it’s colors!

  4. mogogo1 says: Dec 6, 2013 7:06 PM

    The smart players will figure out Jay-Z can’t possibly hire everything done without taking a larger cut than other “real” agents. And the dumb ones are going to blow through all their dough, regardless.

  5. wfederal says: Dec 6, 2013 7:12 PM

    In other words, “we are too lazy and spineless to try to punish anyone sooooo lets just change the rule so we don’t have to do anything.”

  6. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 6, 2013 7:24 PM

    Need to sign big time players to get more of the same.
    Don’t think having Geno in the stable will draw any big. names.

  7. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Dec 6, 2013 7:35 PM

    I saw “may swallow it” and thought this was about Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun.

    Nevermind, carry on.

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 6, 2013 7:45 PM

    A music mogul entering the sports agent business is like a billionaire industrialist stealing car stereos.

    jay-z is going backwards.

  9. mediacowards says: Dec 6, 2013 8:09 PM

    I guess celebs and the rich do get special treatment.

  10. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 6, 2013 8:12 PM

    Put up a sign “The NFL is now accepting drug money.”

  11. craniator says: Dec 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    Had the famous entertainer been of the Caucasian persuasion , the rule would not have been changed , in my opinion.

  12. sactogary says: Dec 6, 2013 8:44 PM

    craniator says: Dec 6, 2013 8:32 PM

    Had the famous entertainer been of the Caucasian persuasion , the rule would not have been changed , in my opinion.
    What, you don’t think the NFLPA would have kowtowed, had it been Kenny Chesney starting an agency?

  13. craniator says: Dec 6, 2013 11:40 PM

    That’s just it — Kenny Chesney would not have the audacity to demand he be let into an industry he knows little to nothing about , simply because he’s rich and famous . . .

  14. therealbleedcoltsblue says: Dec 7, 2013 12:11 AM

    So let’s recap.

    The rule DIDN’T get changed and craniator….


  15. craniator says: Dec 7, 2013 12:11 AM

    And just so we’re clear , I’m a huge Jay-Z fan ; my favorite record of his is 1996’s “Reasonable Doubt” , which was his debut. Go to YouTube and pull up “Coming Of Age” for a nice track off that album.

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