Who is considered an agent?

An agent is any individual who, directly or indirectly:

  1. Represents or attempts to represent an individual for the purpose of marketing his or her athletics ability or reputation for financial gain; or
  2. 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.

Any individual who meets the above criteria – regardless of what they call themselves – is considered an agent. Agents are not defined by titles – Advisors, financial advisors, “runners”, marketing representatives, and brand managers are all examples of individuals who could be agents under NCAA rules.

NCAA Rules Governing Agents

  1. Student-athletes (and their family members and associates) may not have a written or verbal agreement with an agent or anyone who will market the student-athlete’s athletics ability or reputation.  This extends to an agreement to have the agent represent them in the future; and
  2. Student-athletes (and their family members and associates) may not accept anything of value from an agent.

Vanderbilt University Athlete Agent Policy

Agents who wish to contact current Vanderbilt student-athletes must be appropriately registered in the state of Tennessee through the Tennessee Secretary of State.

Agents wishing to contact student-athletes at Vanderbilt may forward correspondence to:

James Feeney
Director for Compliance
Vanderbilt Athletics – McGugin Center
2601 Jess Neely Drive
Nashville, TN • 37212