The Sacramento State Office of Athletic Compliance actively strives to preserve our student-athletes’ eligibility while they participate in intercollegiate athletics and to provide them with the resources needed to make informed decisions about who will represent them should they pursue careers in professional sports upon graduation. Our goal is to foster an environment of communication and transparency so student-athletes and agents are aware of the various legislation governing agents, including NCAA rules, federal laws, California state laws, professional sports league rules, and CSUS’s own policies. Because agent violations are considered more serious than general extra benefit violations and can drastically impact the eligibility of student-athletes, this webpage is intended to highlight rules pertinent to both agents and their interactions with student-athletes.
Under NCAA rules, an agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly, represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain, or seeks to obtain any type of financial gain or benefit from securing a prospective student-athlete’s enrollment at an educational institution or from a student-athlete’s potential earnings as a professional athlete.
Both NCAA rules and California law permit student-athletes to have contact with agents; however, a student-athlete will lose his or her eligibility if he or she agrees, either orally or in writing, to be represented by an agent now or in the future. NCAA rules also prohibit student-athletes, their relatives, and/or their friends from receiving any benefits (e.g., money, transportation, food, clothes, jewelry) from an agent or any agent’s employee, representative, or affiliate (e.g., runner). It is our expectation that our student-athletes, and any agents who seek to contact them, will adhere to these rules.
Adherence with NCAA legislation regarding agents and advisors is of utmost importance to Sacramento State so we kindly ask for your cooperation. Links to some of the referenced legislation are available below. If you have any questions, please contact Associate AD of Compliance, Matt Vincent, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (916) 278-2636.
• Sacramento State Athletics Agent Application Form
• Sacramento State Athletics Agent Policy
• California Miller-Ayala Athlete Agents Act
• NCAA Agent Information