I do not buy into the notion that the football agent profession is going to go from “dirty to sewage” based on the decertification of the NFLPA. However, there is no denying that anyone can hold himself out as a football agent now, since there is no longer a body in charge of licensing sports agents who wish to negotiate NFL contracts. There are two caveats to that statement: 1) As of right now there are no NFL contracts to negotiate, and 2) If someone wants to recruit student-athlete football players, he still must be licensed in the states he wishes to recruit.
But what if the NFL Draft remains in place, and what if contracts with teams are actually negotiated? What will happen to agents who were not previously certified by the NFLPA, but represented players in their contractual negotiations? If history is a good indicator, those agents will likely be grandfathered in as NFLPA Contract Advisors with the return of the NFLPA.
When the NFLPA last decertified in 1987, Josh Luchs was not yet an NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor. By the time the NFLPA reconstituted itself as a labor union, Luchs had clients under his belt, and was given the option to become certified, which he accepted. Luchs paid $300 to the union, signed his name on a document, and became a licensed agent with the NFLPA. It is likely that the NFLPA will offer the same option, at a much higher price tag, to any agents who are able to secure NFL clients prior to the reconstitution of the NFLPA as a labor union.
Luchs had his NFLPA certification revoked in October 2010 and does not plan on recruiting any football clients while the NFLPA, as a union, ceases to exist.