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Professional Football Negotiation Competition

The Ninth Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition will take place February 3-4, 2023.

About the Competition

The Professional Football Negotiation Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated contract negotiation using real life scenarios and actual upcoming NFL free agents.  The competition will provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their negotiation skills as well as their knowledge of actual NFL contracts.  In order to simulate an actual negotiation, the participants will receive a set of confidential objectives that serve as guidelines for the negotiation.  Participants will either represent the football club or the free agent.  Participants will also be provided with an excel workbook that will allow them to quickly crunch the numbers and determine if contract proposals will meet their requirements.  Experts in the industry will serve as judges for each negotiation and will conclude the competition with a discussion of relevant NFL topics. The competition is held annually in the spring academic semester.  

Previous Competition Judges

  • Brandt Tilis (Director of Football Administration, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Mike Disner (VP of Football Administration, Detroit Lions)
  • Eric Eager (Executive Director of Football Research and Development, Pro Football Focus)
  • AJ Stevens (Salary Cap Analyst, Athletes First)
  • Bryce Johnston (Director of Football Administration, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Jacqueline Davidson (Director of Football Research, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
  • J.I. Halsell (NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Octagon Sports)
  • Jason Fitzgerald (Founder of OverTheCap.com)
  • James Waldhauser (Shareholder of Cousineau Waldhauser & Kieselbach, P.A.)
  • Khai Harley (VP of Football Administration, New Orleans Saints)
  • Nick Sabella (Manager, Football Administration, New York Jets)
  • Trip MacCracken (VP of Football Administration, Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Nick Sabella (Football Administration Coordinator, Chicago Bears)
  • Khai Harley (VP of Football Administration, New Orleans Saints)
  • Jason Elam (Partner of FW Sports Management)
  • James Waldhauser (President of Cousineau McGuire)
  • Jason Fitzgerald (Founder of OverTheCap.com)
  • J.I. Halsell (Curator of NFLContractMetrics.com)
  • Ari Nissim (Director of Strategy and Analytics, Roc Nation)
  • Jacqueline Davidson (Director of Football Administration, New York Jets)
  • Bryce Johnston (Football Administration, Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Mark Slough (President, Ballengee Group)
  • David Butz, (NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor, Sportsstars)

TPFNC in the News

All About 2017's Tulane Pro Football Competition  
2016 Tulane's Football Competition Recap

Additional Resources for Competition Preparation

Over The Cap
Crunching the Numbers: An In Depth Look at the NFL Salary Cap
Crunching Numbers Book

Contact Information

To place your school on the 2023 invite list, please contact us. Priority will be given to those who apply early. Questions or concerns regarding the competition can be directed to TulanePFNC@gmail.com