Questions taken from the NCAA website (www.ncaa.org)
1. Where and when did you graduate from law school?
Our president and general counsel, and the person who negotiates all of our player contracts, Paul Sheehy graduated from Whittier College School of Law (Los Angeles) in 1990. He has also attended the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
2. If you are not a lawyer, what are your educational credentials?
See above. In addition to a law degree, Paul Sheehy has earned a B.S. degree in Political Science with a minor in Business, and a M.B.A. degree in Finance. He also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business where he taught a sports law/contract negotiation class as part of the Sports Management program for 8 years. Daniels was named one of the top 50 Business Schools in the world for 2003-2004 by the Wall Street Journal. In addition, he has served on a number of exclusive NFLPA committees over the years.
3. Has anyone in the agency ever been disbarred, suspended, reprimanded, censured or otherwise disciplined or disqualified as an attorney or as a member of any other profession?
4. Are there currently any complaints or charges pending against anyone in the agency regarding conduct as an attorney or as a member of any other profession?
5. Has anyone in the agency ever been implicated or investigated for any violations of NCAA or professional league rules?
6. Is anyone in the agency an NFLPA certified contract advisor?
Yes, Paul Sheehy has been certified since 1988. In fact, his years of experience alone ranks him in the top 4.5% of all agents certified by the NFLPA.
7. Did our NFLPA Certified contract advisor take the NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement Test? What was the score? If he did not take the test, why not?
Paul Sheehy was exempt from taking the exam because he sat on the select committee which actually drafted the exam and wrote the questions for and on behalf of the NFL Players Association.
8. Can you supply me with a list of current and former clients?
Absolutely. You can access most our current clients, and a number of our former ones on our Clients Page or just ask and we'll provide you with a hard copy version!
9. What services do you offer to your clients other than contract negotiations (financial planning, tax advice, etc.)? Do you mind if I use my own accountant or financial planner?
Contract negotiations, marketing, endorsements and public relations, post-career counseling and planning, and NFL-related legal services are the "Core Services" we provide. In addition, we offer assistance in areas such as insurances, financial planning, tax planning, preparation and filing, and other related ancillary services on an oversight basis. We do not accept referral fees from any outside provider, nor do we recommend or encourage our clients to use one particular service provider. Rather, based on the unique needs of each individual client, we assist in finding the best match based on a results-oriented approach. We do not interfere with any pre-existing relationships.
10. Who will be negotiating my contract?
Our president and general counsel, Paul Sheehy is our chief contract negotiator who has negotiated hundreds of NFL contracts, and has negotiated contracts with every team in the NFL, and for every position on the field!
11. Who do you consider to be your top clients?
Easy. We've had a motto we've lived up to since the day we opened our doors in 1988: Treat Every Client Like He's Our Only Client. Every client is our top client. If we ever lose sight of that, we'll find another business to be in.
12. What have you done to advance the careers of your clients on and off the field?
On the field, we have an aggressive player marketing approach for all different phases of a player's career, from pre-draft, to pre-restricted free agency, to pre-unrestricted free agency. This includes heavy team contact by telephone, emails, website features, fax and mailings.
Off the field, we work with our clients to prepare for and transition to life after football by assisting with continuing education objectives, internships, off-season employment opportunities, job-shadows and numerous networking opportunities. Examples of actual client transition employment include internships with Merrill-Lynch and Morgan Stanley in the investment arena; positions with several NFL teams in scouting and player personnel; college coaching positions; and many others.
13. Do you provide an annual statement to your clients? May I see an example?
Yes. In fact, we are required to do so by the NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors. Just ask and we'll send a sample!
14. How do you keep your clients informed of charges?
All of our fees and expenses are clearly contained in our Player-Agent contract, which is a standard representation agreement required by the NFL Players Association. From that, we bill our clients generally on a monthly basis during the NFL season.
15. How and when are you to be paid?
We only bill clients after they receive money under a contract we negotiate for him. Generally, this means 30 days after receipt of any signing or other bonuses, and monthly during the NFL season, beginning on October 1st. Our bills are then payable upon receipt.
16. What is the duration of the agreement?
In accordance with NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, our contracts run until terminated by either side.
17. What are the procedures for terminating the agreement?
In accordance with NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, all that is required is written notice sent via certified mail, with a copy to the NFLPA.
18. What happens to our agreement if I fail to make the team; if I am waived; or if I get injured?
Nothing. We continue to work for another opportunity for you immediately! Our commitment to our clients remain the same whether a starter or a practice squad player; whether a top draft choice or undrafted free agent.
19. If I am likely to be a free agent, how can you help maximize my chances of making a team?
We have an aggressive Client Action Plan which we implement at various phases of a player's career, from pre-draft, to pre-restricted free agency, to pre-unrestricted free agency. This includes heavy team contact by telephone, emails, website features, fax and mailings.
The key is providing enough exposure to open just one more door than would otherwise be opened. Providing each NFL team with reliable, relevant information is the key to increasing opportunities. In certain cases, a player's testing numbers may not be his best, so we then focus on explaining the reason for the results and obtaining an additional opportunity to improve upon them.
If you have a specific question that is not addressed here, just send us an email !