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Looking Back At Florida’s Athlete Agent Licensure Exam

As of July 1, 2002, the State of Florida no longer required people who wished to become licensed athlete agents in the state to take an examination or obtain a $15,000 surety bond.  In discussions regarding athlete agent laws, very few people bring up the idea of requiring people to pass any sort of examination before being welcomed to practice as a sports agent; however, not too long ago, it was required in my state.

Recently, I received a copy of the old Candidate Information Booklet for the Athlete Agents Licensure Examination in the State of Florida.  It is attached, in its entirety, at the bottom of this post.

The test was offered all across the state, instead of at only one location (the Florida Bar requires all takers to spend a few days at the Tampa Convention Center).  Speaking of the Florida Bar, if an athlete agent applicant was already a member of the Florida Bar, he would only have to take an examination drawn from applicable operating bylaws of the NCAA.  Non-members had to take the aforementioned exam along with a test consisting of questions drawn from applicable Florida Laws and Rules.  The two tests consisted of 50 questions and took a total of 60 minutes to complete.  Members of the Florida Bar only had to take a 30 question test, which was predominantly focused on Amateurism issues.  A score of 70% or higher was required for non-members and members of the Florida Bar in order to become licensed as an athlete agent in the State of Florida.

Unfortunately, I do not have access to any of the questions used by the examiners; however, there is a sample question provided in the document below.  Without having access to the particular questions, do you think that the idea of an examination is a good idea?  Would it make sense to implement something similar to Florida’s old test on a state-by-state or national level?

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.