Contract for free, to assist the UFL and to advocate for Players. I am still waiting on a callback… it’s been months.
So, how long are these burdensome rights are owned by the UFL?
Unless sooner suspended, terminated or extended in accordance with the termsand conditions set forth herein, the term of this contract and Player’s services hereundershall begin on June 1, 2010 and continue through and conclude on February 28, 2011 (the"Term"). Provided that Player is employed by the Club at the end of the final game of the2010 season, upon notice delivered to Player on or before February 15, 2011, the clubshall have the exclusive right, during the period beginning on the date of such notice andcontinuing through and ending on September 15, 2011, to bargain with Player for hisservices as a UFL football player during the 2011 season.Wow. So, according to the face of the Contract, the UFL can terminate a Player for essentiallyany reason, but if they don’t, they maintain their rights to the Player until after the NFL seasonand possibly to the start of the next season. Why? Control.Keep in mind the UFL Schedule runs from September to late November, with the final game onNovember 27. So, at least there is some overlap in which a Player can finish the UFL season andenter the NFL, as the NFL regular season ends January 2. Yet, the UFL owns the Player’s rightsuntil after the NFL season and possibly until the beginning of the next season.
And what rights does the UFL own or how can a Player get out of it?
3. EXCLUSIVITY/RELEASE.(b) Notwithstanding subparagraph (a) above,
on or after November 28, 2010,
uponPlayer’s written request,
the Club, Management and/or the League may
, in their soleand absolute discretion,
agree to terminate
this contract and Player’s employmenthereunder (i.e. "Release" the Player), subject to and in accordance with the
followingterms and conditions:
On or after November 1, 2010,
after giving written notice to the Club andManagement, subject to subparagraph (b)(ii), below,
Player may negotiate with any teamthat is a member of the National Football League
("NFL"), provided however, that inno event may Player try out for an NFL team or otherwise participate in any workouts orfootball-related activities during the 2010 UFL season. Upon Player’s written request, theClub will provide Player with copies of such medical records as the Club may have in itspossession pertaining to Player and Player shall be free to share such medical recordswith the NFL.(ii) Player acknowledges that he shall not willfully perform, or threaten to perform, at alevel below his full capabilities or otherwise withhold, or threaten to withhold, serviceshe has agreed to render under this contract, including his duty under Paragraph 2 hereinto give his best efforts and loyalty to the Club, and that if the Club determines that he hasdone so, the Club will refuse to Release the Player.(iii) Further, Player shall not enter into any agreement, whether written or oral, with theNFL or any NFL team to provide services of any kind until after Player has been given aRelease in accordance with the terms of this subparagraph (b).(iv) Player acknowledges and agrees
that he may only receive a Release pursuant to thissubparagraph (b), upon payment of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars($150,000.00)
(the "Release Fee’), to be paid to Management by Player, the NFL, an