UAAA Contract Question
I forgot that reader Sokki Chen asked me two questions for a long time, but somehow remembered today that I never got around to answering the 2nd question.
If you are interested in reviewing the post that I made concerning Sokki’s first question, Can Olympic/Student Athletes Obtain Endorsements?, you may do so by clicking the link.
Sokki’s second question was:
I am a sport management student in MA where the UAAA has not
been passed, at least not yet. Would/could I violate the rule if I
recruit someone from, say, Texas but sign the agreement in the state of Massachusetts?
Once again, a great question (READERS, PLEASE LEAVE COMMENTS AND EMAIL ME POST DISCUSSIONS).
The answer is provided in Section 4 of the UAAA (Uniform Athlete Agents Act). Under the comments in Section 4, this is mentioned:
The intent of this section is to make the registration requirement as broad as constitutionally permissible consistent with the minimum contacts theory of International Shoe Company v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310 (1945). Agents must register in each State in which they have established minimum contacts. For example, an individual in State A contacting a student-athlete in State B is acting as an athlete agent in both States and is therefore required to register in both States.
So this means that even if you were to be in Massachusetts (a state that has not yet adopted the UAAA), you must register as an athlete agent in Texas, and thus will be subject to the rules within the UAAA.
The rules in regards to registration are very tricky. If more Sports Agents would read up on the rules (which are available for free on the internet), there would be less violations, fines, and bad press.
[tags]uaaa, athlete agent, sports agent, uniform athlete agents act[/tags]