NFL reminds teams about tampering and trades

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At a time when rampant tampering is occurring regarding players who will become free agents on Wednesday, the league has distributed a memo to all teams reminding them of one specific aspect of the tampering rules.

PFT has obtained a memo sent to all teams on Friday regarding the procedures for granting players permission to shop themselves to a new team via trade.  The memo emphasizes that permission must be secured in writing from the team currently employing the player.

“Under no circumstances should a new club rely upon any written or oral representation by a player or his agent that he has received permission to enter into discussions for a trade for contract,” the memo states. “Nor should a new club rely upon a letter from the employer club to the agent or player granting such permission since employer clubs typically reserve the right to withdraw permission at any time, and may have already done so. Permission must be received directly from the employer club.”gettyimages-103976945-e1520786876422

It’s unclear whether this was a routine reminder, or whether the memo arises from a specific incident that has occurred in recent weeks. If it’s the latter, don’t be shocked if someone gets disciplined for something that every team does, every year.

As owner of the online retailer Fanatics, Michael Rubin has partnered with the NFL to sell jerseys and a report on Sunday indicates that he could be interested in a new role in the league.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Rubin is looking into a bid to buy the Panthers. Panthers owner Jerry Richardson announced his plan to sell the team this year after allegations of workplace misconduct were made against him late in the 2017 season.

Rubin sold an e-commerce business to eBay for $2.4 billion in 2011 while maintaining control of Fanatics, which operates the online merchandising for the NFL, other major sports leagues and teams in the United States. He owns pieces of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey   Devils that he would have to sell if chosen as the winning bidder for the Panthers.

David Tepper and Ben Navarro have been identified as other possible bidders for the team. The league could vote on approving a new owner at May’s league meetings if things progress as hoped in the coming weeks.