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NCAA introduces new rules for agents

It just got a whole lot harder to represent a player that’s testing the draft waters

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The landscape of college basketball continues on it’s path of evolution. The NCAA has added additional vetting procedures for agents that wish to represent players who are testing the NBA Draft waters.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported that three additional pieces of criteria have been implemented before an agent can lawfully represent an athlete, assuming the player still wants the option to return to school. The decision will give the NCAA continued control over the agent/player relationship while the draft process is still underway.

Here are the new rules:

  • Must have a a Bachelor’s degree
  • Must have been certified by the NBPA for at least three years, and
  • Must pass an in-person exam at the NCAA office in Indianapolis.

One result of these new requirements will be that the pool is going to vastly shrink, leaving only the more experienced agents available to advise players. The spirit of the new rule may have positive intent but the impact will be a complex subject moving forward in terms of it’s consequences for players.

The new application that prospective agents will have to fill out also includes strong language in regards to fully cooperating with any NCAA investigation.

The NCAA sent out a memo to all agents detailing the specifics of the new rules and their reasoning for making the changes. One of the more unsettling excerpts from that memo was a line that referred to NCAA basketball players as “client athletes.” The NCAA is widely seen in an unfavorable light and this decision will surely be another sore spots for both fans and players.

What are your thoughts on the new rules?