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"The Competition Committee again explored the possibility of creating a 'moratorium' or 'dead period' prior to the beginning of free agency, similar to other professional leagues. During this period, potentially 5-7 days, teams would be able to contact the certified agents of prospective unrestricted free agents and enter into contract negotiations with them.
A contract, however, could not be executed with a new club, or submitted to the League office, until the first day of the new League Year. During the moratorium, a prospective unrestricted free agent could not visit a club (other than his current club) at its permanent facility or any other location, and no direct contact would be permitted between the player and any employee or representative of a club (other than his current club).
It is the Committee's belief that a moratorium would create a more level playing field, and that teams that are in compliance with the rule for negotiating with free agents will not be at a competitive disadvantage.
The Competition Committee will consult with the Management Council on the issues related to the potential implementation of this procedure for the 2010 offseason and report to the membership at the May meeting."