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Volume 27 No. 5
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NBA Agents Reject NCAA's Proposed Certification Process

The NBPA on behalf of certified player agents is "sending a signed letter to the NCAA that refuses to submit to a proposed certification process to work with undergraduate men's basketball players 'testing the waters'" for the NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. A source said that the NBPA has been "communicating with NCAA officials in recent weeks about a way to work together." In the wake of college basketball's FBI scandal, the NCAA "agreed to adopt recommendations of the Rice Commission on numerous fronts, including the relationship between certified agents and players." The NCAA "wanted NBA agents -- already under the jurisdiction of the NBPA and several state regulatory bodies -- to also register and become part of oversight of college basketball's governing body." The NCAA last month "changed course on legislation that would require NBA agents to minimally have a bachelor's degree to discuss representation with players." The NBA agents did "agree to participate in a biannual online seminar that centered on preserving the amateur eligibility rights of college basketball players." Players and families "regularly interact with professional basketball agents, relationships that often begin before the players step foot on a college campus" (ESPN.com, 9/14).