My state of Florida almost abolished its athlete agent licensing system. While it would have saved me and many other agents who recruit in the state of Florida a lot of money, until a federal system exists, it is probably not prudent to do away with Florida’s regulation of the sports agent profession. Truthfully, I was very surprised that it was being considered, since Florida has been known to be one of the more strict states when it comes to athlete agent regulation. Its Department of Business and Professional Regulation even had plans to hold a round-table meeting late 2010 to discuss licensing issues, including a discussion about whether “runners” should be licensed as agents, or whether some other type of registration or credential would be appropriate.
Anyway, Republicans in Florida planned on de-regulating multiple professions in order to spur job creation. My alma mater, the University of Florida, was instrumental in taking the athlete agent profession out of that proposal. In particular, University of Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley called Florida’s Senate Budget Chairman to encourage the removal of sports agents from the de-regulation package. The Chairman says that he had already decided to oppose the inclusion of sports agents in the deal.
Want to do business as a sports agent in Florida? Sorry, but you still must pay the fee and get licensed in the Sunshine State.