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Roster Cuts are Coming

Friday, August 26, 2016
With NFL team finishing their third preseason games this weekend, one of the more unpleasant dates on the NFL calendar is approaching – cut day. By this... Read More

Disputed Offset Language

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Almost all NFL teams opened up training camp last week with all their top draft picks signed and participating in camp.  The reason I preceded the prior sentence with... Read More

International Exposure

Friday, July 22, 2016
With the Rio Olympics starting in a couple weeks, international competition will be all across our television screens for the month of August. Even though... Read More

Stay Out of the News and Know the Options

Friday, July 15, 2016
The month of July is really the only “down time” when it comes to the NFL season. Players are off until training camp starts at the end of the month,... Read More

Kicking Game Conundrum

Friday, July 8, 2016
In 2011, the NFL changed the kickoff rule. Now, instead of kicking off from the 30 yard line, teams would kick off from the 35 yard line. As a result, touchbacks... Read More

Funny Predictions

Monday, June 20, 2016
The early summer can be difficult for NFL writes and pundits.  With NFL teams finishing up mini-camp and giving their players a month long “break,” finding... Read More

More Than Just Numbers

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I recently posted an article about Urban Meyer, where he talked about what he looked for when recruiting kids to play at Ohio State University. In the article, he mentions... Read More

Calm Before the Storm

Friday, June 3, 2016
Most NFL teams are finishing up with Organized Team Activities (OTAs) in the next couple weeks. Following the conclusion of OTAs, teams have a three day minicamp,... Read More

The 90 Man Roster

Thursday, May 5, 2016
The NFL draft came and went this past weekend, and with its conclusion, teams are welcoming in their rookies to minicamps the next few weeks. While the... Read More

Let the (Off) Season Begin…

Monday, February 8, 2016
With the conclusion of the Super Bowl yesterday, the playing action of the 2015-2016 NFL season comes to a close and we enter the “offseason” in the NFL... Read More

Senior Day and Snow

Friday, November 20, 2015
As the snow begins to fall here in Des Moines, I can only imagine the scene tomorrow in Iowa City for the game between Iowa and Purdue. The forecast... Read More

Agents vs. Runners

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Earlier this week, a lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The lawsuit, Duckett v. Engelhard et al., involves... Read More

The Value of An Agent

Friday, October 16, 2015
In the past couple years, a few players that were drafted in the first round decided to work without an agent representing them. This is not a very common practice – only a... Read More

The Rating Heard Round the (Twitter) World

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
If you follow a lot of football related individuals on Twitter (like I do), you may have noticed an interesting discussion regarding Aaron Rodgers’ performance this past... Read More

Cy-Hawk Week - Iowa's Super Bowl

Thursday, September 10, 2015
This weekend is the annual Cy-Hawk game between Iowa’s two big universities – the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Iowa State Cyclones. The game takes place at Jack... Read More

Preseason and Injuries

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
In my last post, I mentioned that injuries are one thing that I always look for in preseason games. Unfortunately, halfway through preseason, there have been... Read More

Football is Back...Sort of

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
With the first week of the NFL preseason in the books, actual football is finally be played on the field. While watching some of the second and third... Read More

No News Is Good News

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
A few weeks back, I mentioned that July is a “slow” time in the NFL world, as a majority of training camps do not start up until late next week. I also mentioned that if a... Read More

Offset Language

Thursday, July 16, 2015
With rookie salaries now “slotted” based on a player’s draft position, fewer issues come up during contract negotiation as in years past, and negotiation is much... Read More

"Slow" Time of the Year

Monday, July 6, 2015
If there is a “slow” time world of football, the early part of July is it. NFL teams start training camp at the end of the month, so players still have a... Read More

Quick Thoughts

Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Although it is technically the “offseason” right now, the NFL has become a year round league. With organized team activities taking place right now and the Tom Brady... Read More

The NFL Schedule Release

Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The NFL releases the schedule for the 2015-2016 season tonight – ESPN is having a three hour special covering it tonight. The popularity of the NFL knows no limits… With... Read More

Phone Calls and E-Mails

Tuesday, April 14, 2015
With the NFL Draft coming up at the end of the month, I have been busy the past few weeks on the phone and sending e-mails to teams trying to gauge interest in my... Read More

Pro Day Travels

Monday, March 30, 2015
I was on the road last week, with Pro Days for both the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa. Both schools handle their Pro Days differently,... Read More

CBA Part 6 - Moving and Travel Expenses

Friday, March 13, 2015
This past Tuesday was the opening of free agency and the beginning of the NFL league year. But for thirty minutes on Tuesday afternoon, it was the trades of several... Read More

Free Agency and the "Hometown" Discount

Friday, March 6, 2015
With NFL Free Agency “officially” opening on Tuesday at 4:00 PM ET, I have seen and heard a lot of talk about players taking a “hometown” discount to stay with their... Read More

Report from Indianapolis

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I spent the past weekend in Indianapolis for the NFL combine and the NFLPA seminar on Friday. Walking around downtown and the skywalk system is always interesting – it... Read More

Heading to Indianapolis

Friday, February 13, 2015
I will be in Indianapolis at the end of next week for the NFL Scouting Combine.  It will be a quick trip for me – I arrive Thursday around noon and take off... Read More

CBA Part 5 - Post Season Pay

Friday, February 6, 2015
With the conclusion of the Super Bowl last week, all 32 teams are currently in offseason mode as they prepare for the NFL scouting combine in a couple weeks, attending... Read More

The Week in Arlington - College Gridiron Showcase

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
      I spent most of last week in Arlington at the College Gridiron Showcase – attending practices and talking with a few players, scouts, and other... Read More

Headed to Texas - College Gridiron Showcase

Friday, January 23, 2015
TS Sports Management will be heading to Arlington, Texas next week for the College Gridiron Showcase – a first year college all-star game.  The CGS, played at... Read More

Championship Weekend and Regional Combines

Friday, January 16, 2015
This Sunday brings us the championship games for both the NFC and AFC, as the Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts take on... Read More

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015
With tomorrow being the deadline for underclassman to declare for the NFL draft, I thought today would be a great day to review the process of leaving school early... Read More

Introducing Jevohn Miller - Our Newest Client

Friday, January 9, 2015
TS Sports Management is proud to introduce our newest client, Jevohn Miller! Jevohn played linebacker for Iowa State University this past year, and was of the Big 12's... Read More

CBA Part 4 –Split Contracts and Minimum Salaries

Tuesday, January 6, 2015
In Part 4 of our ongoing series “Understanding the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” we will discuss minimum salaries and what exactly a “split contract” is for NFL players. Split salary contracts are... Read More

January – The Football Month

Friday, January 2, 2015
Happy 2015 to everyone as we begin the New Year, just like every year, with the best month of football – January. The NFL Playoffs start this weekend, and the first ever... Read More

Duration of The NFLPA Standard Representation Agreement

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Any current or prospective NFL player that is represented by an NFLPA contract advisor signs a standard representation agreement (“SRA”). The SRA itself is standardized by... Read More

CBA Part 3 – Access to Personnel and Medical Rights

Friday, December 26, 2014
In this edition of “Understanding the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” I will discuss a player’s rights when it comes to viewing his medical and personnel... Read More

The Ongoing Interview

Tuesday, December 23, 2014
I like to tell potential clients, or anyone looking to break into the NFL, that making and playing in the NFL is really an ongoing interview. Established players have... Read More

CBA - Part 2 - The Free Agency System

Friday, December 19, 2014
In part two of “Understanding the Collective Bargaining Agreement,” I will focus on the basics of the free agency system and a team’s control over a player in the free agency system. The... Read More

CBA - Part 1 - Accrued versus Credited Seasons

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Collective Bargaining Agreement (“CBA”) is a union contract between the NFL Players Association and NFL Management that covers the terms and conditions of employment of all NFL... Read More

Becoming a Certified NFLPA Contract Advisor

Friday, December 5, 2014
So what does it take to become a NFLPA Contract Advisor? I was certified as an NFLPA contract advisor in the summer of 2014. The process is long and expensive. But... Read More

Hello and Welcome from Iowa's Sports Agent

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Hello, and welcome to TS Sports Management! I hope you enjoy looking through the website and all the services and information provided. In founding TS... Read More