In January 2012, the Division I Legislative Council of the NCAA “approved a rule that broadens the definition of [sports] agents to include third-party influences, including family members, who market student-athletes’ athletics ability or reputation for personal financial gain.” Without a doubt, the NCAA is showing that it is taking the matter of sports agent regulation seriously.
And then on February 6, 2012 the official NCAA Market – Job Search website began hosting a job opening for “Sports Agent Intern.”
Color me just a bit confused.
It does not even appear to be the NCAA that is assisting with the search for the “Sports Agent Intern,” but instead, is advertising a search that will be conducted by another search party, www.SportsJobBoard.com, which calls itself “the #1 source for job opportunity information in Professional Sports.”
The job description highlights the following responsibilities:
- Assist with writing & disseminating scouting reports.
- Assist with player contracts.
- Assist with communications projects for website.
- Develop grassroots marketing programs.
- Develop marketing materials for professional athletes.
Perhaps instead of spending time and energy sending out Baseball Prospective Student-Athlete questionnaires, the NCAA should be keeping a closer tab on its official “Job Market.” Does it look good when an institution self-charged with regulating a profession then hosts a search for an intern at a specific company within that profession?