The NFL Players Association announced plans today to form a new association of player agents and lawyers to be known as the Association of Representatives of Professional Athletes (ARPA).
"We're tired to these people ripping off the professional athlete," Ed Garvey, executive director of the NFL Players Association, said at a press conference here today. "We think we're taking the first positive step to try to regulate this field."
The association recently sent out a survey questionnaire to 350 agents and lawyers, asking each to provide full disclosure of the agent's background, training, fee structure and client list. More than 100 agents, he said, have already responded.
A code of ethics and organizational structure will be proposed at an NFL Players Association meeting Feb. 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The code includes prohibitions against excessive fees, improper financial inducements to prospective clients and other potential abuses, according to Garvey.
In other union developements, Garvey announced the results of a player survey on the issue of artificial turf. He said more than 1,000 players had responded and that 83.8 per cent preferred natural surfaces over artificial.
Players also said the Astrodome had the worst artificial surface in the league, followed by fields in San Francisco, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Cincinnati.
The best fields, the players said, were in Miami, followed by Los Angeles. Washington (RFK Stadium), Green Bay, Tampa Bay and Denver.