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University Of Louisville Requests Agents To Discontinue Communications With Student-Athletes

Late Friday afternoon, many football agents received an email from Emily Garr, a Compliance Assistant at the University of Louisville Athletics.  The unexpected email contained two attachments: (1) a letter from Garr and Jody Sykes, Associate Athletic Director at Louisville; and (2) a University of Louisville Agent Registration form.  The letter was copied and pasted in the body of the email for convenience and is embedded, below.

I wonder how exactly the university is going to enforce the policy contained in the letter.  This is typically my reaction when I review this type of correspondence.  For instance, the correspondence contains a section that reads, “We request that you discontinue all forms of communications, including but not limited to social media, telephone calls and text messages immediately.  If contact does not stop, you will not be given the opportunity to represent any of our student-athletes.”  First of all, why use the word “request” and not “demand”, if in fact the school will take action in the case that an agent fails to comply?  Further, how exactly does the University of Louisville plan to prevent individuals from having the opportunity to represent any of its student-athletes?  It cannot effectively prevent any of its players from signing with the agent of his choice.  While I am not bashing Louisville for trying to implement a policy it deems to be worthwhile, it is hard for me to believe that any agent will register with the institution for fear of being punished pursuant to the letter.

The University of Louisville agent registration form is below.

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.

4 replies on “University Of Louisville Requests Agents To Discontinue Communications With Student-Athletes”

So if I draft and disseminate a press release stating I am Batman, is it so? The point being, I understand that the communication states the consequence, but how on earth can the university enforce that?

Another questions is that “ALL” correspondence must go through their compliance office…how are they going to manage all that? Last time I checked, the compliance departments were a handful of people if that….now you want to toss is “all” correspondence for every sport they represent? Good luck with that!

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