Next week represents almost a month-and-a-half since the 2022 NFL Agent Exam, which means results are right around the corner for the 200-plus test-takers this year. For those people seeking to rep NFL players, that’s the good news.

The bad news is that the number of new contract advisors certified this fall will be thinned by technical difficulties that precluded numerous applicants from even taking the exam, which was offered exclusively online for the second straight year. Those unlucky would-be test-takers have two options: ask for a refund of the $2,500 testing fee by the end of September or give it another go next summer. Easy come, easy go, right?

Not exactly. Zachary Karber, a Tampa, Fla.-based attorney, is a prime example of the real-life cost of this delay. Rather than trying to describe his plight, I asked him to put it in his own words what a bitter pill it was to swallow this unexpected 12-month waiting period.

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So why is it a “bitter pill” you may ask? Well, to use myself as an example:

  • I have my JD/MBA degrees and nearly 10 years of experience in both the boardroom and courtroom providing legal and business services to banks, politicians, hospitals, developers, and numerous other professionals.
  • I spent several hours every day memorizing the source materials during the 2-3 months leading up to the exam, and even temporarily closed my practice the three weeks prior to testing day.
  • I took multiple practice exams, attended group seminar courses, retained a certified agent as my private tutor, and created flash cards. I directly expensed roughly $10,000 and indirectly waved goodbye to over $30,000 in lost income preparing for the exam.
  • As a result of these sacrifices of time, energy, and money, I aced all the practice exams and was extremely confident that I’d pass the actual exam.

Unfortunately, at no fault of my own and for reasons completely outside of my control, I was never able to sit for the exam and never even answered a single question.  Three weeks after the exam fiasco, the NFLPA ultimately informed me that my only options were either a refund of my application fee (declined) or that I could sit for the exam again the following year (accepted).

The hardest part about all of this is not the money I lost; $40,000 does not even equate to the weekly salary of your average NFL player.  Instead, it’s the bitter taste I now get in my mouth every time I see or think about pro football. I know it will only go away once I actually take and pass the exam.

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If you took the exam in July, and you’ve been waiting to find out how you did, there may be good news around the corner. We discuss in the Friday Wrap, our newsletter read by thousands of people in the industry that comes out later today. Register for it here.