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The NCAA Has A “Sports Agent Intern” Job Posting

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,, 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?

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.