In an effort to educate individuals who are interested in representing Indiana University student-athletes in professional sports negotiations, the Indiana Athletics Compliance Office has created this guide. Please also take a look at our draft information to ensure that student-athletes with eligibility remaining do not jeopardize their amateur status while testing the waters in the draft.
NCAA Bylaw 12.3.1 stipulates that an individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she ever has agreed (orally or in writing) to be represented by an agent for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation in that sport.
NCAA Bylaw 22.214.171.124 indicates further that an individual shall be ineligible per 12.3.1 if he or she enters into a verbal or written agreement with an agent for representation in future professional sports negotiations that are to take place after the individual has completed his or her eligibility in that sport.
NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that an individual shall be ineligible if he or she (or his or her relatives or friends) accepts transportation or other benefits from:
- Any person who represents any individual in the marketing of his or her athletics ability. The receipt of such expenses constitutes compensation based on athletics skill and is an extra benefit not available to the student body in general; or
- An agent, even if the agent has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete in the marketing of his or her athletics ability or reputation and does not represent individuals in the student-athlete's sport.
An athlete agent who, directly or indirectly, recruits or solicits a student-athlete to enter into an agent contract is required by the Indiana Uniform Athlete Agents Act to do the following:
All athlete agents who plan to contact student-athletes within the State of Indiana must first register with the Indiana Attorney General. The Office of the Attorney General can be reached at (317) 232-6201 or http://www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/contact/RegAtheleteAgent.pdf.
At least ten (10) days before a student athlete enters into an agency contract, the athlete agent shall give in a record the notice required by IC 35-46-4-4 of the existence of the contract to the athletic director of the educational institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled or the athlete agent has reasonable grounds to believe the student-athlete intends to enroll.
An athlete agent who, with the intent to induce a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract:
- gives any materially false or misleading information or makes a materially false promise or representation;
- furnishes anything of value to a student-athlete before the student-athlete enters into the agency contract; or
- furnishes anything of value to any individual other than the student-athlete or another registered athlete agent
commits a Class D felony per Indiana law.
An educational institution has a right of action against an athlete agent or a former student-athlete for damages caused by a violation of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.
Indiana University requests that all athlete agents or advisors who are interested in representing its student-athletes complete a Agent Registration Form for Indiana University and provide a copy of their State of Indiana agent license, copies of professional league players' association applications for those associations in which they are members, a resume, a list of references, and a list of current and former clients to the athletic department in care of the Compliance Office.
All correspondence from athlete agents or advisors should be sent to the IU Athletics Compliance Office at 1001 East 17th Street, Bloomington, IN 47408-1590 in duplicate. The original will be given to the student-athlete's head coach, and the duplicate will be kept in the Compliance Office. Indiana University does this to ensure agents are in compliance with state law.
Indiana Athletics will not provide the addresses or telephone numbers of student-athletes. We request all agents and advisors to refrain from telephone contact with IU student-athletes, or their parents and relatives until the student-athlete has exhausted his or her NCAA eligibility. In-person meetings with current IU student athletes will be allowed only if each of the following conditions are satisfied: the completed Agent Registration Form and all necessary documentation is filed with the Compliance Office; meetings must be scheduled through the student-athlete's Head Coach in conjunction with the Compliance Office; and a member of the student-athlete's coaching staff must be present at all times during any meeting.
Professional Sports Counseling Panel
The University's Professional Sports Counseling Panel is authorized by the NCAA, and is charged with the responsibility of helping student-athletes and their families in making the transition from college to the pros.
Members of the Panel provide information and assistance to student-athletes and their families in evaluation and selection of an athlete agent or other professional representative.
Members of the Panel are willing to assist student-athletes and their families in conducting athlete agent interviews to facilitate the process.
This guide to athlete agents' rules and regulations should not be relied upon exclusively, as NCAA rules and the Indiana statutes are oftentimes complex. We suggest you contact the IU Athletics Compliance Office at (812) 856-6074 if you have any questions or to discuss the application of NCAA rules.