UFL Reduces Transfer Fee to $25,000
The fee may be paid either by the NFL club or by the player.
The UFL was hoping NFL teams, which have been trying out and practicing UFL players all week, would agree to pay the initial $150,000 fee. No NFL team payed the fee.
"It is surprising to me that 15 NFL clubs would bring players in for tryouts with full knowledge that a transfer fee was required to sign them and then refuse to pay the fee," UFL commissioner Michael Huyghue said in a statement on the UFL website.
"Notwithstanding, we recognize the value in sending players to the NFL and have accordingly reduced the fee to $25,000 which can be paid by the club or directly by the player."
Several players have asked to pay the amount personally, so the UFL has agreed to allow its players that option.
In European soccer, when transferring teams players can also negotiate with teams on a transfer price. For example, in July 2009, Manchester United accepted $131 million for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid.
UFL players who are signed to NFL practice squads or to NFL futures contracts are not subject to a transfer fee. UFL players contracts run until February.
A week before the UFL season ended, an uproar emerged over the transfer fee. Despite the terms of the fee being stated in UFL contracts, players and agents argued they were misled by the UFL commissioner and thought the fee would be dropped, (like it was last season) if they were signed by a NFL team.
This last week, a handful of UFL players were assigned to NFL practice squads. While the UFL made concessions for certain players who fell into particular categories to sign without the fee, the rest were not being signed by NFL teams who did not want to pay the fee. With the fee reduced, expect UFL players to either pay the $25,000 to join an NFL team, or an NFL team to agree to pay the fee.