NFL union to repeals junior rule for agents
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The NFL players' union has voted to repeal a rule that prohibited certified agents from having contact with college players until the student-athletes have been out of high school for three years.
NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis said Tuesday that player representatives from each team voted to eliminate the so-called "junior rule" last weekend.
The rule was passed in 2007 by the NFLPA, not long after it was discovered that Reggie Bush and his family received cash and gifts from fledgling marketing agents before his junior year at Southern California.
Francis says "recruiters" or "runners" working for agents still cannot speak with college players at any time. He says only certified contract advisors can speak with players before their junior season.