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Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Rick Karcher Goes to Washington

Rick is travelling to D.C. today to speak before Congress relating to his excellent Sports Law Blog commentary on NFL agent Carl Poston and the proper role of unions in disciplining agents (see Rick's posts from 11/22/2006; 11/16/2006; 9/25/2006; 1/31/2006; also see his law review article Solving Problems in the Player Representation Business: Unions Should be the "Exclusive" Representatives of the Players). Here is an excerpt from a USA Today story on today's hearings:
WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Giants linebacker LaVar Arrington is tentatively scheduled to testify before Congress this week at a hearing involving his former agent.

Arrington, a three-time Pro Bowl player; NFL Players Association general counsel Richard Berthelsen; and a law professor [Rick Karcher] were on a "tentative witness list" e-mailed to The Associated Press on Tuesday by House Judiciary Committee press secretary Terry Shawn.

Arrington did not immediately return a phone message left for him by the AP on Tuesday night.

The Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law has scheduled an oversight hearing for Thursday to examine the NFL Players Association's arbitration process. Lawmakers will be looking into the NFLPA's suspension of Arrington's former agent, Carl Poston, stemming from his handling of a contract the linebacker signed with the Washington Redskins near the end of the 2003 season.

Later today, Rick's statement should be available here. Good luck Rick!


Doesn't Congress have more important things on which to focus?

Anonymous john -- 12/06/2006 6:03 PM  

Well it is the lame duck session.

Anonymous Skip Oliva -- 12/06/2006 11:16 PM  

I can't believe they're using Poston as the test case. Poston's handling of the Arrington situation is one of the worst in the history of sports. The NFLPA is right to discipline him.

Anonymous john -- 12/07/2006 12:50 PM  

I hope Rick shows Congress that the ability to represent a college or professional coach and at the same time represent former-student athletes or current professionals is the most gross, most unethical form of breach trust. Players unions have not done enough to prevent this from sports agents, while attorneys can be disbarred for such misconduct. It is disgusting and yet check out various college and professional coaches who have the same agent as do their players (or former student-athletes). It's organized crime!

Anonymous Anonymous -- 12/08/2006 8:45 AM  

Here's an article about the hearing, if anybody is interested:


The way I look at it is that, like any dispute, there are going to be factual issues. I wasn't there during the Redskins negotiations, nor were you, so we don't know what happened. The reason I was at the hearing was to discuss whether agents should have their "day in court" in front of a true nuetral arbitrator like everyone else in society, which I argued that they should.


You raise an interesting point, one of a number of conflicts of interest in the agent business.

Blogger Rick Karcher -- 12/08/2006 9:00 AM  

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