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UCF’s Compliance Office Is Golden


Sports agents have to comply with many different regulations.  There are state statutes, a federal statute (SPARTA), players’ association regulations, and NCAA regulations.  There is not an overwhelming amount of information pushed towards incoming agents to advise them about all of the necessary rules and certifications.  The easiest rules to violate without knowing it concerns the contacting of student-athletes.  The NCAA and its member institutions (colleges) oftentimes do little to help guide agents.  They all set up basic compliance websites, but who actually bookmarks those and visits them on a regular basis?

The University of Central Florida (UCF) is an exception from the norm.  Not too long ago, I received mail (yes, it still exists separate from email) from Lisa K. Danner, UCF’s Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance.  While my heart skipped a beat when I first saw who the mail was from, I was happy to find out that I had not violated any rules and that Ms. Danner was simply sending a message about the proper way to register with her school.  A school actually taking a preventative measure instead of a reactionary stance…imagine that.  This is how the first two paragraphs of Ms. Danner’s message reads:

Institutional control of athletics is a fundamental requirement of NCAA legislation.  Specifically, the NCAA Constitution provides that each institution monitor its program to insure compliance with NCAA rules and regulations.

The University of Central Florida (UCF) requests that all athlete agents who are interested in representing its student-athletes provide a copy of their State of Florida agent license, along with copies of professional league players’ association applications for those associations in which they are members to Lisa K. Danner, Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance.

The most important line of the letter: “UCF does this to insure agents are in compliance with the state statute.”  Well, I for one, appreciate it!  Obviously, UCF has its own interests in mind (if an agent violates the statute, it could mean unfortunate financial consequences for UCF), but it is nice to know that at least on the surface, UCF seems to also be concerned about our well-being.

Any agent who wishes to contact a student-athlete at UCF must register by filling out this application:

UCF offers the letter and the registration form on its compliance website, and also provides some other great information, including a Football Agent Calendar, Baseball Agent Calendar, NCAA Rules Concerning Agents, and Florida Statues Regarding Athlete Agents.

More schools need to follow UCF’s lead and take a proactive stance in registering athlete agents with their compliance offices.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

10 replies on “UCF’s Compliance Office Is Golden”

This is great but there are a few strange inconsistencies.

The baseball calendar requires agents to be registered with the MLBPA. However, unless there have been very recent changes, the MLBPA does not require agents to be registered until their client is on the 40-man roster.

The football calendar does not require agents to be certified by the NFLPA.

I have one quick question: So say that an agent based in New York wants to represent an athlete playing say at UCF, so he has to pay that $1,000 license fee just to try to recruit him?

It’s a little more than $1,000, and yes. Want to join my crusade to change it to a federal registration system? One payment to a federal oversight agency. Stop the states from profiting on our business.

That is a crusade which I would definitely get behind but states may not take kindly to being deprived of revenue in this climate in which it is literally impossible to pass a tax increase.

That’s ridiculous. Especially for those that have license in different states and can’t even land an athlete. I seriously doubt that agents out there actually have licenses all over the country. There is no point! Enough with the players association!

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