SBD/Issue 80/Sports Industrialists

Axcess Sports & Entertainment Inks Pair Of Miami Standouts

FL-based AXCESS SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT, the new athlete representation firm started up by former Jaguars Senior VP MICHAEL HUYGHUE, has signed Univ. of Miami CB PHILLIP BUCHANON and TE JEREMY SHOCKEY to representation agreements, according to the SportsBusiness Journal's Liz Mullen in an exclusive to THE DAILY. Both players are expected to be high draft picks. Axcess Sports & Entertainment sent out a media advisory on Thursday night announcing a Saturday press conference in Miami to announce the Hurricane players' plans. Huyghue, reached by phone in DC, where he was scheduled to take the NFLPA certification test today, said that he received a "provisional certification" by the union. Huyghue said, "We can do anything we want with athletes," except negotiate contracts or sign players to NFLPA standard representation agreements, under the provisional certification. But an NFLPA source said, "We do not issue provisional certifications, and no one can be able to represent people and or sign them to a standard representation agreement without being certified." In order to be certified, an agent must pass the NFLPA exam. Huyghue also said that he had completed an application for, but had not yet taken the test for a Florida Athlete Agents license. Mullen cites information from the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation as showing that the license is required by "anyone who, directly or indirectly, recruits or solicits a student athlete to enter into an agent contract, or for any type of financial gain." Huyghue said, "I have submitted my application (for a Florida Athlete Agents License). My application is complete. I will get a license" (THE DAILY).

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