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free agent

1. A professional, especially an athlete, who is able to enter a contract with any organization without restrictions. The star quarterback will be a free agent when his contract ends after the season, and everyone expects him to sign with whatever team offers the most money.
2. By extension, a person who has no limitations placed on them by others, either professionally or socially. I just broke up with my girlfriend, so I'm a free agent again!
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free agent

1. A person not under compulsion or constraint, not responsible to any authority for his or her actions. For example, After he quit his job, he decided to pursue the same line of work as a free agent. Originally used to describe a person subject to the philosophic concept of free will (as opposed to determinism), this expression was first recorded in 1662. Later it was extended to mean "someone not under obligation to an authority."
2. A professional athlete who is free to sign a contract with any team. For example, After he was released from the Yankees, he was a free agent and could shop around for the team that offered the most money . [Second half of 1900s]
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With no collective bargaining relationship to insulate free agency rules from antitrust scrutiny, individual players were now free to sue the NFL for antitrust violations, and several players who were reserved under Plan B sued the NFL.
The third period, 1988-2002 covers the free agency and here MARGIN trends even lower to 11 points and with less volatility.
The NBA finally settled in 1976, two years after Robertson retired, eliminating the option clause and creating free agency. This agreement--and not Robertson's triple-double 1961-62 season (when he averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 11.4 assists), or his 1971 championship with the Milwaukee Bucks is the crowning chapter in The Big O.
Still, it is premature for the owners to claim that financial disparities prevent teams from competing, given that a broad examination of competitiveness trends through the free agency period has indicated that baseball entered something of a golden age of competitiveness in recent decades, especially in comparison to the pre-free agency period of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s.
A number of empirical tests of the invariance principle's application to MLB were undertaken in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the period immediately following the introduction of free agency in 1977.
Several studies examine empirically the effect of free agency on competitive balance.
Thus Weiler can assert with confidence that the free agency has improved our "welfare," and that the sports "product" has improved immeasurably in recent decades.
In player for player trades the information is incomplete about the team specificity of talent, but the uncertainty is symmetrical between the trading teams.(18) In the acquisition of players for salaries under free agency or club to club compensation under the reserve system, the information about the team specificity of the player's talent is asymmetrically incomplete.
While Free Agency proved a financial windfall to many younger star players, it seemed to make older players near the end of their careers more expendable.
Major stumbling blocks to settlement were proposals dealing with free agency (the unrestricted movement of players from one team to another without a penalty to their new team), the length of the contract, a league salary cap, a rookie salary cap, and the number of rounds in the annual college draft.
The Brooklyn Nets and former Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving are "motivated to move quickly toward" a four-year, $141 million deal when they meet in New York on Sunday shortly after the beginning of free agency, ESPN reported Saturday.
Left-handed relievers Aaron Bummer and Jace Fry also have been mentioned as trade candidates, but they are both young and years away from free agency. Unless the Sox are buyers at the deadline, Bummer and Fry figure to stay put.
During a sermon given by NBA champion Jeremy Lin on Sunday (July 28), the Taiwanese-American basketball star revealed that he is going though dark times in free agency and feels that the NBA has "given up on me."
2019 NBA free agency officially began today but Kawhi Leonard seems to be taking his time while other teams rush and seal deals.
Report: Durant, Leonard, Harris to consider Brooklyn in NBA free agency !-- -- Luisa Morales (Philstar.com) - May 2, 2019 - 2:40pm MANILA, Philippines Big names like Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Tobias Harris are hitting free agency this summer, and all three stars may be bringing their talents to the Brooklyn Nets.