I recently came across an excellent article by David Bradley Olsen, an attorney in Minnesota, concerning NCAA rules governing “family advisors.” The article, entitled Family advisors: What you don’t know can hurt you, is published on Let’s Play Hockey and details the NCAA’s rules prohibiting student-athletes from using agents and advisors. Hockey players and their parents would be well-served by reviewing this article.
NCAA Rules Concerning Agents
All student-athletes and their parents who encounter agents and advisors must be aware of the applicable NCAA rules. Consider that NCAA rules prohibit:
- An agreement, written or oral, with an agent for future representation.
Accepting transportation or other benefits from any person who represents any other person in the marketing of his or her athletic ability.
Accepting transportation or other benefits from an agent who has indicated that he or she has no interest in representing the student-athlete and does not represent athletes in the student-athlete’s particular sport.
Violating these rules can render a student-athlete ineligible for collegiate athletics.
Student-Athletes May Seek Counsel from an Attorney
Of note, student-athletes are permitted to receive legal advice from an attorney, so long as that advice does not involve direct negotiations for a professional sports contract with a professional sports team. (For more on this rule, see my post Oliver v. NCAA: The Impact of the Settlement.)
The Bottom Line
Student-athletes and their parents need to be well-informed of the applicable NCAA rules when dealing with any advisor, as that advisor could be considered an agent by the NCAA. And dealing with an agent could cause a student to lose his or her eligibility to play collegiate athletics.