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Athlete Representatives Association Explains Membership Fee Structure

On May 7, 2012, I wrote about a new organization called the National Association of Sports Agents & Athlete Representatives (NASAAR), which will be geared toward representing the interests of sports agents and others engaged in the representation of professional athletes.  The founder of NASAAR, Andrew Bondarowicz, followed up his announcement of NASAAR with an update addressing some frequently asked questions about the forthcoming Association.  Then he sent out a new email addressing some concerns that have arisen since the publishing of his FAQ.  Now, Bondarowicz has disclosed how the Association is going to stay afloat: membership fees.

The tentative membership fee structure is as follows:

  • $100 for contract advisors/agents certified by the major players associations
  • $100 for non-agents who are members of other sports-related professional associations such as the Sports Lawyers Association, Sports Financial Advisors Association or National Sports Marketing Network.
  • $200 for non-certified and who are not also members of another recognized industry trade association.
  • $500 for a corporate membership for a business entity (includes up to 10 individual memberships primarily employed by the entity)
  • $50 for full-time undergraduate and graduate students not employed by an agency (one semester internships are permissible)

Bondarowicz also notes that a special “Charter Member status” will be designated to those registering prior to August 31, 2012 to “recognize those who helped get NASAAR off to a strong start.”  The formal launch of the Association is still planned to take place on July 1, 2012.

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.