Orlando Ledbetter in the Atlanta Journal Constitution has an interesting article on the large number of agents based in Georgia. In all, there are 38 NFL Players Association-certified agents based in the state, with some $200 million worth of contract negotiations to their name. Among those 38 are major power brokers like Pat Dye, David Dunn and Todd France.
Georgia is a hotspot for agents because it’s close to Florida and most of the SEC schools, which is the prime location for agents to locate new clients.
But the focus of Ledbetter’s article is on how the NFL’s labor strife impacts agent.
"I struggle with the idea that we can't figure out how to split up an $8 billion a year pie," Dye said. "But the reality is that [a lockout] certainly is a possibility."
Some of the key issues to be hashed out include a rookie salary cap, an extended 18-game season, veteran benefits, insurance benefits, steroids testing, defined gross revenues and revenue sharing.
One of the biggest hurdles will be the rookie salary cap.
Agents must be particularly concerned about a rookie cap, considering the huge chunk of change they take away from mega contracts that are awarded to first-round clients.
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