Who is an agent?
An agent is anyone who markets your athletics ability or reputation. Whether or not someone calls themselves an agent, if they perform the functions of an agent under NCAA rules, they are considered an agent. Activities such as these would make someone an agent:
- Negotiating with a professional team
- Contacting a professional team on your behalf
- Arranging tryouts with professional teams
- Sitting in on your negotiations with a professional team
Points for Students
NCAA rules state that a student-athlete cannot have a written or verbal agreement with an agent or anyone who will market the student-athlete's athletics ability or reputation. Also, a student-athlete may not agree, verbally or in writing, to have an agent represent them in the future.
Student-athletes and their families may not receive benefits from an agent.
It is not a violation of NCAA rules if a student-athlete merely talks to an agent (as long as an agreement for agent representation is not established) or socializes with an agent. For example, a student-athlete could go to dinner with an agent and no NCAA violations would result if the student-athlete provided his own transportation and paid for his meal.
Points for Agents
- Make sure you are properly registered to act as an agent according to the appropriate state law.
- Make sure you’re properly registered to act as an agent according to any NCAA institution or conference agent registration program, and that you are certified in accordance with the rules of the relevant professional player’s association before contacting a student-athlete.
- Inform student-athletes of the services you or your firm or agency can provide if they choose to become a professional athlete.
- Encourage student-athletes to consult with their institution’s compliance office before forming an agreement with you so that they understand the impact the agreement will have on their collegiate eligibility.
- Familiarize yourself with the Uniform Athlete Agents Act and the states in which it, or similar legislation, has been enacted.
- Do not enter into an agreement for future representation with prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility, even if you will not act as their representative until their eligibility is exhausted.
- Do not have runners or business associates, provide benefits to prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility, or to their relatives or friends.
- Do not represent prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining eligibility in negotiations with a professional team.
- Do not market the athletics talents or abilities of prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility.
- Do not communicate with professional sports teams on behalf of prospective or enrolled student-athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility to schedule, arrange or confirm tryouts, or inquire about the professional team’s interest in a student-athlete.