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September 24, 2007

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement: Week 5

Filed under: NFL CBA, NFL Rules/Regulations, Sports — emmettjones @ 10:53 pm

Alright, we’re in the middle of a busy sports week, it seems, so there isn’t a whole lot of time for me to fit the CBA stuff in, but fortunately, there is a very short, albeit important section. Article LIX of the NFL’s CBA is entitled Governing Law, and as the title implies it deals with the laws that govern any situation that arises under the CBA. The section is listed below,

To the extent that federal law does not govern the implementation of this Agreement, this Agreement shall be construed and interpreted under, and shall be governed by, the laws applicable to contracts made and performed in the State of New York.

So, this is pretty self explanatory, but its just a little note to you future sports agents out there…know your federal law, and you might want to look into New York law as well…you never know when it might come in handy.

The rest of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement can be found here.

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September 3, 2007

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement: Week 3

Filed under: NFL CBA, NFL Rules/Regulations, Sports — Tags: — emmettjones @ 2:16 am

Back again, for yet another installment of the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Today being September 3rd, it only seems right to go over the “practice squad” section, since practice squads were chosen on September 2nd. So, without further adieu, lets cover Article XXXIV of the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement, entitled “Practice Squads”. (more…)

August 28, 2007

Slingo. The Franchise Player

Filed under: NFL CBA, NFL Rules/Regulations, Slingo, Sports, Sports Agent — Tags: , — emmettjones @ 3:34 pm

In lieu of the Asante Samuel situation, the Slingo for this week is the Franchise Player tag that is sometimes seen in NFL contracts. Each year, each NFL team has the ability to designate one player who would usually be an unrestricted free agent (a player with 4 accrued seasons who is free to sign with any team, as long as he does so before the beginning of training camp of his free agency year) as a franchise player, which keeps the player from becoming a free agent. The team must make the franchise player designation after the previous season is over and sometime before the free agency period begins (this is usually over a 2 week span in February), and they must tender an offer to the player that is equal to the average of the top five salaries in the league at that position. If the player is offered a salary that is based on the top five salaries of the previous season, the player can seek offers from other clubs, with the original club retaining the ability to match the offer and keep the player, or receive 2 first round draft picks from the new club to release the player. If the offer is based on the top 5 salaries at the end of the restricted free agent period, this is usually a week or two before the NFL draft in April, the club retains exclusive rights to the player and they are unable to negotiate with any other teams.

That about covers it. Franchise Players…They’re Faaaaaannnnntastic!

August 26, 2007

The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (week 2)

Filed under: NFL CBA, NFL Rules/Regulations, Sports, Sports Agent — emmettjones @ 8:25 pm

Back again with another installment of “The NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement: Fun For Everyone!”  This weeks section deals with Squad Size.  I decided to cover this pretty straight-forward section because the clubs are required to reduce their rosters to 75 players by Tuesday, August 28.  Clubs have to further reduce their rosters to 53 players on the Active/Inactive list by September 1st. (Note: Prior to kickoff each week of the regular season, teams must establish a 45 player team from the 53 man active/inactive roster, and identify an additional player on the inactive list as a 3rd quarterback who can enter the game only if the other two QB’s can’t play).  So, without further adieu, here is Article XXXIII of the NFL CBA, Squad Size

Section 1. Active List: For each regular season, the Active List limit will be 45 players per Club. This limit may not be reduced by the Clubs for the duration of this Agreement; provided, however, that individual Clubs may carry less than 45 players on their Active Lists during the regular season, but at no time less than 42.

Section 2. Pre-Season: The pre-season cutdown dates and active player limits on such dates will be as determined by the Clubs. In the event the Clubs make a determination during the term of this Agreement that they wish to institute a “down-and-up” once during the pre-season, they may do so, provided that the active player limit may not be reduced below 40 at any time during the pre-season and the Active List limit must return to 45 by the start of the regular season.

Section 3. Inactive List: Inactive List players will receive the same benefits and protections as Active List players.

Section 4. Active and Inactive List Limit: In any League Year, a Club’s Active and Inactive Lists shall not exceed 53 players.

As I said earlier, this section is pretty straight forward.  This first section simply sets the active player list limit for each club at 45 players.  The CBA prevents the clubs, as a collective group, from reducing this number throughout the duration of the agreement (until 2012), but an individual club can reduce the number of players on their active list if they so desire, but the number can be no lower than 42.The second section discusses the pre-season squad “cutdown dates” which are determined by the clubs and stated at the beginning of this post.  It’s interesting to note that the CBA allows the clubs to institute a “down-and-up” system once during the pre-season (example: a team would cut their roster down to 42 then add players back up to 50) as long as the roster is not reduced below 40 and the other stipulations of this section, namely a 45 man roster, are still followed.

Section 3, as stated, allows inactive players to receive the same benefits and protections as active players (i.e. inactive players still receive their salary for the season)

Section 4, as stated, sets the maximum limit for a club’s combined active and inactive list at 53 players.

Oh NFL CBA, I love you so.  The rest of the CBA can be found here.

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