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Agents, Amateurism, Promotions, & Ticketing

The University of Utah Athletics Department has several regulations and required forms in order to assist local organizations, charities, and other entities comply with NCAA regulations regarding ticketing, amateurism and promotions.

The sub-menu on the left will provide you with additional information to assist you in requesting promotional items and donations while ensuring that the eligibility of student-athletes is not compromised. Several forms required for donation requests are included. Please contact the Compliance Office with any questions.

Agents

In order to ensure that agents are registered as required by Utah state law and to inform potential agents of University of Utah policies regarding agent contact with student-athlete, any student-athlete or coach who is contacted by an agent must notify the Compliance Office. Additionally, agents must register with the Compliance Office using the Agent Registration Form prior to contacting any student-athletes.

Once the Compliance Office is contacted, it will send a letter to the agent requesting additional information and proof of licensure.

For those interested in the licensing of agents in the State of Utah, please see the Uniform Athlete Agents Act and the Agent Licensing Application as set forth by the Utah Legislature and Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.

Amateurim

Prospective Student-Athletes:

Prior to a student-athlete's initial, full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may accept prize money based on his/her place finish or performance in an open athletics event provided that prize money is provided by the open event's sponsor and does not exceed actual and necessary expenses for participation in that event.

An individual may not participate in activities with a professional team, receive compensation for play (or otherwise based on athletics ability), or make any sort of agreement with an agent. The eligibility impact of a student-athlete's actions are evaluated by the NCAA on a case-by-case basis and often result in significant penalties including permanent ineligibility to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Current Student-Athletes:

Agents: A student-athlete may not agree, either orally or in writing, to be represented by an agent or organization in the marketing of his or her athletic ability or reputation until after the completion of the last intercollegiate contest, including postseason games. This NCAA prohibition includes an agreement that is not effective until after the last game. A student-athlete is also not permitted to accept any expenses from an agent for anything.

Playing and/or Marketing Contracts: NCAA rules forbid a student-athlete or anyone acting on behalf of a student-athlete from negotiating or signing a playing or marketing contract in any sport in which the student-athlete intends to compete or to market the name or image of the athlete.

NCAA rules forbid a student-athlete to ask to be placed on a professional league's draft list, whether or not the athlete withdraws his or her name before the draft, whether or not the student-athlete is actually drafted and whether or not the athlete signs a professional contract. There are limited exceptions to this regulation in the sports of football and basketball – a student-athlete considering being placed on a professional league's draft list should consult the Compliance Office before taking any action that could adversely impact his/her eligibility.

Finally, NCAA rules forbid a student-athlete from receiving any material or tangible benefits from anyone as a result of the student-athlete's athletics reputation, skill or potential. A good rule of thumb is that the student-athlete should not accept anything that is not available to the general public or the general student body without consulting the Compliance Office. See the Extra Benefits section of this website for more information.

Promotions

The Athletics Department provides a variety of promotional opportunities for local organizations and charities. However, the NCAA has strict guidelines in place that must be adhered to in order to ensure that promotions are in accordance with national and institutional rules and regulations.

The University allows the donation of equipment and tickets to organizations, so long as the donation does not directly or indirectly benefit a prospect or high-school athletics program. In order to govern equipment and ticket donations, the Compliance Office requires all individuals or organizations requesting a donation complete and submit the Promotional Activities/Donation Form (COMPamat_001). All charitable organizations must attach proof of 501(c)(3) status.

A separate form is required before a student-athlete's name, picture, or identity is used for promotional activities. To ensure that such use is in accordance with NCAA legislation, the coach or institutional staff member must complete the Student-Athlete Promotional Activities Form (COMPamat_009) and have the form approved by the Athletic Director and Compliance Office prior to the event. The event can occur for an institutional, educational, or charitable organization and not for any for-profit endeavor and may not be co-sponsored, advertised or promoted by a commercial agency. However, the student-athlete MAY NOT miss class to participate in any activity.

For all individuals who desire to receive a student-athlete's signature on apparel or memorabilia, they must attest that he/she is only receiving the item for personal use and will not sell the item for financial gain or transfer the item to a third-party. This protects the eligibility of all student-athletes. If you desire to receive a signature on an item, you must complete the Signed Apparel/Memorabilia Items (COMPamat_010) form and submit it to the Compliance Office.

Ticketing

Under NCAA regulations, hard tickets may not be provided directly or indirectly to prospects or their parents as a result of a promotion by the institution or an outside agency acting on behalf of the institution. However, complimentary admissions may be provided to a prospect via a pass list, and prospects are permitted to purchase tickets in the same manner as the general public (though hard tickets may not be reserved specifically for purchase by the prospect).

Thus, a group can be given hard tickets to a campus athletics event only if that group contains no prospects. It is not sufficient that the institution earmark the tickets for non-prospect individuals within a group containing prospects - the group itself must contain no prospect-aged individuals in order to be given hard tickets.

Non-sports-related groups containing prospects that are visiting the University for reasons unrelated to athletics recruitment may be provided admissions to campus athletics events in two ways:

Sports-related groups containing prospects or groups visiting the University for reasons related to athletics recruitment may be provided admissions to campus athletics events in two ways:

Third-Party Distribution: The University may give a group of tickets to a third-party such as a booster or a business, provided the tickets will not be distributed in any impermissible manner. This type of distribution must be submitted to the Compliance Office for approval prior to distributing the tickets. The University is responsible for any impermissible distribution made by a third party.

For a more thorough discussion of this issue, see the Ticketing Scenarios flowchart.

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