Mark Emmert’s organization, putting the loco in in loco parentis:
The NCAA issued a memo to agents Monday, outlining new certification requirements to represent players testing the NBA draft waters.
In the memo, obtained by ESPN, the NCAA outlined new criteria for agents: a bachelor’s degree, NBPA certification for at least three consecutive years, professional liability insurance and completion of an in-person exam taken at the NCAA office in Indianapolis in early November.
… Agents also will need to fill out an application and clear a background check.
What having a college degree has to do with being able to guide a college player through the draft process I have no idea. But I don’t think that’s really the NCAA’s primary concern here, or even its secondary one.
Here’s a hint: In the application, sources told ESPN, agents are also required to agree that they will cooperate with the NCAA in investigations of rules violations, “even if the alleged violations are unrelated to [their] NCAA-agent certification.”
Yeah, that sounds more like it. I suspect it will also help future opportunities if, as an agent, you don’t try to push all your college clients into jumping pro early. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, and all that.
This is an invitation to yet another antitrust suit. Too bad dumb isn’t a source of energy. If it were, the NCAA generates enough to power a small city.