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Professional Football Negotiation Competition

The Fifth Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition will take place January 25th - 26th, 2019

Registration for the 2019 competition will open from September 26, 2018 to November 14, 2018

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 will be held annually in the spring academic semester at Tulane University Law School.  

2019 Competition Documents

2019 Competition Invitation

2017 Competition Judges

  • 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
  • J.I. Halsell (Curator of
  • 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)

 2016 Competition Documents 

2016 TPFNC Explanations and Definitions Pamphlet
2016 TPFNC Championship Negotiation Confidential Info: Von Miller v. Denver Broncos

Participating Law Schools: New England, University of Mississippi, Chapman, Arizona State, University of Oregon, Florida State University, American University, Hofstra University, Michigan State University, Pepperdine University, Chicago-Kent University, William and Mary University, University of Denver, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

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 2019 invite list, please contact us. Priority will be given to those who apply early. Questions or concerns regarding the competition can be directed to