Rome, NY asked in Entertainment / Sports for New York

Q: Can a high school athlete hire an agent to represent them in choosing a college?

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Gregory J. Tarone

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  • Entertainment & Sports Law Lawyer
  • Newburgh, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Yes, but then he or she loses all amateur eligibility to compete in NCAA and other organizations' athletics, but not necessarily the Olympics. An amateur athlete cannot have an agent. It is entirely legitimate to engage the services of a lawyer on a fee basis for legal advice and guidance, but not to negotiate for the athlete. Parents also should not negotiate for the athlete with anyone, particularly colleges. Never, ever, should an amateur accept any money, clothing, equipment or anything else of value from a company or from anyone while an amateur. Consult an attorney familiar with athletic regulatory jurisdictions and amateur athletic eligibility so loss of a college scholarship is not put at risk.

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