Today, I posted on the Social Science Research Network ("SSRN") the first draft of my new law review article: Disarming the Trojan Horse of the UAAA and SPARTA: How America Should Reform Sports Agent Laws to Conform with True Agency Principles.
In this article, I argue that the current version of the UAAA operates like a Trojan Horse. On the outside, it appears to provide athletes with legal protection against their agents. Yet, on the inside, it attacks the very autonomy and financial well-being that traditional agency law is intended to protect. I then argue for a number of reforms to sports agent law, including the following:
- The expansion of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act to govern the relationship between professional athletes and their agents.
- An increased emphasis on preventing conflicts of interest between athletes and their agents, both on the professional and amateur level.
- The implementation of a private cause of action to allow athletes to bring suit directly against their agents under the UAAA.
- The removal of language from the UAAA that grants NCAA member schools with a cause of action to sue their own student-athletes for failing to disclose agency contracts.