The Craziest Story of 2013 Was About a Fax
When I think back on 2013 and my favorite news stories, one that quickly comes to mind is the NFL defensive end beaten by old fax technology. Of all the stories I covered in 2013, that may have been my favorite. It certainly was one of the most memorable.
As I wrote during the start of football season in September, Baltimore Ravens defensive end Elvis Dumervil had his pay cut and had to leave what soon could be the championship-winning Denver Broncos because his agent screwed up contract negotiations on account of a fax.
Dumervil was scheduled for a $12 million base salary going into the off season, but due to the salary cap the Broncos were only willing to pay him $8 million for the 2013 season. Dumervil did not like the pay cut, and the Broncos and Dumervil’s agent tried reaching a new deal.
And they did reach a deal. Almost.
The agent for Dumervil, Marty Magid, wanted to agree to the new deal that the two sides had hammered out. But he couldn’t find a fax machine, so he missed the strict NFL signing deadline.
Because the contract did not come through, the Broncos had to drop Dumervil from the roster. Dumervil then signed with another team, the Baltimore Ravens, but at a reduced salary.
Contract negotiations should not be decided by an agent’s inability to find a fax machine; Magid apparently was reduced to driving around at night looking for a FedEx Kinkos to send the contract at the last minute. Yet, improbably, this was what happened.
What Magid should have done is go digital. There’s no reason he needed to drive around looking for a fax. He easily could have used a fax-over-IP service (FoIP) and sent that contract from the road or anyplace that was connected to the Internet. Starbucks. McDonald’s. An AT&T (News - Alert) store. From his cell phone. There were so many places he could have gone to send that fax if only he had used FoIP.
It need not have required Magid to buy a new fax machine, either. Solutions such as AudioCodes’ (News - Alert) fax ATA allow businesses to retrofit their existing fax machines or multi-function printers to use the Internet for sending and receiving.
Of all the stories I wrote in 2013, this has to be a highlight. It is absurd. It is drama. The situation was so unnecessary.
So going into 2014, please don’t make the same mistake as Magid. Make your fax digital, and thereby mobile. Go FoIP.
Edited by Cassandra Tucker