NFLPA didn’t tweak or change “runner rule”

Earlier, we shared (and characterized) a report regarding the NFLPA’s “runner rule.”  Per the initial Twitter report from FOX Sports, the NFLPA “tweaked” the runner rule, allowing non-certified employees who work with NFLPA agents to sit in on meetings.

PFT has since obtained a copy of the memo sent Friday to all NFLPA-certified agents.

Based on the memo, the runner rule hasn’t been tweaked or changed or revised.  The NFLPA has interpreted the rule to allow a non-certified employee to meet once — and only once — with a potential client.  The meeting must occur at the certified agent’s place of business, and the certified agent must be present.

More importantly, no other contact may occur between the non-certified employee and the certified agent.  Specifically, there can be no phone calls, text messages, emails, social media contacts, or in-person meetings.

The rule permits only one meeting at the certified agent’s office.  At the meeting, the non-certified employee can’t act as a closer.  Instead, the meeting may happen “in order to introduce that player to the range of services and capabilities offered by” the certified agent’s firm.

It’s unclear how this interpretation has resulted in the reported decision by the NFLPA to clear Kim Miale, the certified agent who works for Jay Z’s Roc Nation agency, of violating the rule.  Unless Jay Z (who is not certified by the NFLPA to represent players) attended only one meeting with the goal of introducing Jets quarterback Geno Smith to the services and capabilities of the firm with no other contact of any kind, a violation still occurred.

As a source with knowledge of the NFLPA’s rules explained it to PFT, it’s possible the union’s Committee on Agent Regulation and Discipline simply decided to cut Miale a break because she is relatively inexperienced and the rule is relatively new.

14 responses to “NFLPA didn’t tweak or change “runner rule”

  1. If the certified agent and the non-certified agent have a child out of wedlock on Tuesday, how far is it to New York?

  2. This guy doesn’t belong in or involved in anyway with the NFL. This is no different from Master P with No Limit sports. Ask Rickey Williams how that worked out.

  3. Dude, it’s JAY-Z…you really think the NFLPA is going to do anything? He is one of the most powerful black men in the world, especially in entertainment and the players demographic…he can go to Cuba, the White House, or where ever he wants…he can say the N-word, talk about being a drug dealer and still be an NBA part owner (recently sold stake to be a super agency). What part of the rules don’t apply to him do you not get? Get over it.

  4. Seems like the NFLPA is more concerned about the agents then the players…maybe NHLPA means NFL Players Agents (association).

  5. redstar504 says:
    Dec 7, 2013 2:50 AM
    This guy doesn’t belong in or involved in anyway with the NFL. This is no different from Master P with No Limit sports. Ask Rickey Williams how that worked out.
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    There’s a huge difference between the two, being that Master P went through financial trouble and with that No Limit went under. Jay Z hasn’t gone under, Jay Z has only gone up and they both not only got into the rap game but also began to branch out around the same time.

    Absolutely horrible comparison.

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    stealthscorpio says:
    Dec 7, 2013 8:01 AM
    Dude, it’s JAY-Z…you really think the NFLPA is going to do anything? He is one of the most powerful black men in the world, especially in entertainment and the players demographic…he can go to Cuba, the White House, or where ever he wants…he can say the N-word, talk about being a drug dealer and still be an NBA part owner (recently sold stake to be a super agency). What part of the rules don’t apply to him do you not get? Get over it.
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    And why is JAYZ “one of the most powerful black men in the world? Because he’s rich? Because he’s a rapper and has a clothing line? Lol….he owned a fraction of 1% of the Brooklyn Nets and people like yourself make him out to be the face of the ownership. Its so funny to me. Lots of people have as much or more money than JayZ…doesn’t make them some of the most powerful people in the world. You go on thinking that though buddy.

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