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DUTIES OF SPORTS AGENTS TO ATHLETES AND STATUTORY REGULATION THEREOF

Darren A. Heitner, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Abstract

The Sports Agent Responsibility and Trust Act of 2004 (SPARTA) and the Uniform Athlete Agents Act (UAAA) have helped protect student-athletes and educational institutions against harmful acts by unscrupulous sports agents. Statutory regulations have come up short in enforcing agents’ duties to all athletes; however, and while aspects of agency law, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, players’ associations regulations, and various Bar Associations’ rules have helped fill some of the gaps, there continues to be a need for increased oversight over the sports agent profession. This article argues that student-athletes should have a statutory right to enforce the duties of sports agents, all sports agents should have to be licensed under a federal registration system, and that there is a need for a self-regulatory commission of sports agents to help weed out the unscrupulous agents who do not fulfill their duties in the representation and solicitation of any athlete.

Suggested Citation

Darren A. Heitner, Duties of Sports Agents to Athletes and Statutory Regulations Thereof, 7 DARTMOUTH LAW JOURNAL 246 (2009) Link to paper