NFL Defensive End Beaten by Fax
September 06, 2013
By Mae Kowalke
, TMCnet Contributor
The NFL started its season last night, and it picked up with a rematch between the Denver Broncos and the Baltimore Ravens after the Ravens narrowly beat the Broncos last year to go on and eventually win the Super Bowl. There were plenty of side dramas in the game, however, including one big one that began with a late fax.
Star defensive end Elvis Dumervil was on the Ravens. Had his agent not screwed up a fax, though, he should have been playing for the Broncos.
Dumervil was scheduled for a $12 million base salary going into last year’s off season, but due to salary cap issues the Broncos were only prepared to pay him $8 million for the 2013 season. This, of course, was not received well by the Dumervil camp, but over the course of negotiations the team and Dumervil’s agent came to an understanding.
Dumervil agent Marty Magid intended to agree on behalf of his client, but he couldn’t find a fax machine in time to make the NFL’s signing deadline. Dumervil and the Broncos had all but agreed, but the fax with the final signatures didn’t arrive. So the Broncos, on the hook for all $12 million unless they got the fax, reluctantly dropped Dumervil when the official deadline was about to pass.
This was no negotiations game, though. This was just a man without a fax machine. As the deadline neared, Dumervil agent Magid was reduced to searching Miami for a Kinko’s so he could make the fax. He found a fax machine, but it was too late.
In an interesting twist for the season opener, Dumervil then signed with the Broncos’ opponent, the Baltimore Ravens.
The debacle obviously was an epic fail for Dumervil’s agent, who was promptly fired. What makes it more interesting is that Magid didn’t even need to go searching for a fax machine. If he had been using fax-over-IP (FoIP), he could have just faxed in the documents from his smartphone.
That’s because FoIP has taken the fax digital, enabling users to fax from their smartphone and their laptop as easily as they can fax from the office printer or a Kinko’s copy shop. FoIP lets users fax more easily than Kinko’s, actually, as Magid proved.
Investing in FoIP need not be costly, either. Companies such as AudioCodes (News - Alert) and its Fax ATA solution lets businesses retrofit their existing fax machines to work over the modern IP infrastructure. So Magid could have used his office fax in normal times, and then moved to his smartphone when he was in a pinch and away from the office.
It has been a rough year for Elvis Dumervil. His agent screwed up, his pay was cut, and he didn’t even get his retribution against his former team. In the end, Dumervil only recorded one solo tackle during last night’s game and his team lost.
Had Dumervil’s agent used FoIP, it might have been a very different start to the season.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson