A team of students from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law recently competed in and won the 3rd Annual Tulane Professional Football Negotiation Competition, sponsored by the Tulane Sports Law Society.
Villanova Law students Jason Kaner ’19, Eric Galko ’17 and Jack Sexton ’19 triumphed in the simulated contract negotiation, which used real-life scenarios and actual upcoming NFL free agents. The competition provided participants with the opportunity to sharpen their negotiation skills as well as their knowledge of NFL contracts.
Competing teams, who represented either the football team or the free agent, received a set of confidential objectives that served as guidelines for the negotiation. They were also provided with an Excel workbook that allowed them to quickly make calculations and determine whether or not the contract proposals met their requirements.
Industry experts—including representatives from the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers—served as judges for each negotiation and concluded the competition with a discussion on relevant topics in the NFL.