The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) issued the following notice yesterday, December 22, 2010:
NEW APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!!!!
As you are aware, the NFLPA/NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire on March 3, 2011, at the conclusion of the 2010 NFL Season. While the parties to the CBA have been working tirelessly on a new CBA, a new agreement has not yet been reached. Because of the uncertain circumstances surrounding the CBA and the possibility of a lockout of our players by the NFL and its clubs after the expiration of the CBA, the NFLPA has determined that it would be inappropriate to allow new Contract Advisors to become Certified at this time. Therefore, please be advised that we will not accept any new Applications for Certification until further notice. In addition, this also applies to those applicants who were scheduled to re-take the New Agent Exam in 2011. You should consult our website periodically for any change to this policy.
The bold and underline did not stress the point to me, but the four exclamation marks certainly drove it home.
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Traditionally, the NFLPA allows people interested in becoming NFLPA Contract Advisors to apply for certification at any time in the month of January. There are no opportunities outside of January to submit an application. In 2011, it seems as though there will be absolutely no window to apply.
This article originally appeared on the Sports Agent Blog.