Request a Free Personalized Consultation





To use CAPTCHA, you need Really Simple CAPTCHA plugin installed.

Please type the letters/numbers in the image above:


Explaining Free Agency

By admin   |  

August 23, 2016   |  

Professional Sports Relocation   |  

No Comments

Home / Professional Sports Relocation / Explaining Free Agency

Explaining Free Agency

If you are a sports fan, or a casual observer of sports, or just hear about them from time to time, you have no doubt heard of free agency.  But what, exactly, does that term, free agency, mean?

There are basically three classifications of free agency in professional sports.

An unrestricted free agent is a player without a team.  They were either released from a team, or their contract expired, or they were not drafted in the league’s draft of amateur players.  These free agents are free to discuss contracts with any team in the league.

A restricted free agent is one who is currently signed with a team but is free to seek contract offers from other teams.  A restricted free agent may not go to another team without the consent of the current team and compensation to the current team, and the current team, in most professional sports, has the opportunity to match the new offer.

An undrafted free agent is one who is not drafted in the annual draft of amateur players.  They are also considered unrestricted free agents.  This term is most often used in the National Football League.

There wasn’t always free agency in professional sports.  In 1969 Curt Flood, an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, became the first professional player in any sport to battle for free agency, challenging MLBs reserve clause.  His case eventually went to the United States Supreme Court where in 1972, in Flood vs Kuhn, Flood lost his case in a 6-3 decision.  However, by 1976, Major League Baseball agreed that players with six years of experience could apply and be granted free agent status.

Sports Relocation, Inc. Sports Relocation, Inc assist players/coaches of all professional sports leagues including the NBA, WNBA, NFL, MLB, NHL, and entertainers relocate nationwide by servicing their Real Estate & Relocation needs. Ikem Chukumerije is licensed to practice real estate in New York, California, Nevada, Florida, & Georgia. Sports Relocation, Inc operates nationwide and provides elite athlete relocation services in all 50 states and internationally.

 

 

Choose To Share :-  

Leave a reply