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CHAPTER 701-S.F.No. 1830
An act
relating to student athletics; prohibiting persons from entering into a
contract to serve as the agent of a student athlete or represent a student athlete or
professional sports organization in obtaining a professional sports contract with
a student athlete before expiration of the student athlete's collegiate eligibility
unless the athlete has executed an effective waiver of eligibility; prohibiting
a person from offering anything of value to an employee of an educational
institution in return for the employee's influence on a student athlete to enter
into contracts with agents or professional sports contracts or for the referral of
student athlete clients; imposing civil penalties; proposing coding for new law
in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 325E.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

    Section 1. [325E.33] MISCONDUCT OF ATHLETIC AGENTS.
    Subdivision 1. Definitions. (a) The definitions in this subdivision apply to this
section.
    (b) "Student athlete" means a person who engages in, is eligible to engage in, or
may be eligible to engage in any intercollegiate sporting event, contest, exhibition, or
program. The term includes any individual who may be eligible to engage in collegiate
sports in the future.
    (c) "Athletic director" means the person discharging the duties of coordinating and
administering the overall athletic program for the educational institution attended by
the student athlete.
    (d) "Educational institution" means the public or private high school, college, junior
college, or university that the student athlete last attended or to which the student athlete
has expressed written intention to attend.
    Subd. 2. Waiver of eligibility. A student athlete's waiver of intercollegiate athletic
eligibility is not effective until the waiver of eligibility form prescribed by this subdivision
has been filed with the offices of the secretary of state and the athletic director for seven
days. The waiver is considered to have been on file seven days as of the eighth day after
the receipt by the offices of the secretary of state and the athletic director of the completed
waiver of eligibility form prescribed by this subdivision. The original waiver is to be filed
with the secretary of state and must be available for public inspection in the office of the
secretary of state during normal business hours. The waiver form must provide:
"WAIVER OF INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY
    I, ......................, hereby waive any and all intercollegiate athletic eligibility. This
waiver is not effective until seven days after it has been received by the Minnesota
secretary of state and the office of the athletic director.
    This waiver is revocable until my intercollegiate athletic eligibility is terminated
as a result of my entering either a contract with an athletic agent or a professional sports
contract.
.......................
STUDENT ATHLETE
.......................
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION
.......................
DATE"
    Subd. 3. Representation of certain athletes prohibited. A person may not, before
the effective date of a student athlete's waiver of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, enter
into a contract, written or oral, with a student athlete to:
    (1) serve as the agent of the student athlete in obtaining a professional sports
contract; or
    (2) represent the student athlete or a professional sports organization in obtaining a
professional sports contract for or with a student athlete.
    A person who violates this subdivision is subject to the remedies under section 8.31,
except that a civil penalty imposed under that section may be not more than $100,000, or
three times the amount given, offered, or promised as an inducement for the student athlete
to enter the agency contract or professional sports contract, exclusive of the compensation
provided by the professional sports contract, whichever is greater.
    Subd. 4. Influencing of educational institution employees prohibited. A person
may not offer, give, or promise to give an employee of an educational institution, directly
or indirectly, any benefit, reward, or consideration to which the employee is not legally
entitled, with the intent that:
    (1) the employee will influence a student athlete to enter into a contract with the
person to serve as the athlete's agent or to enter into a professional sports contract; or
    (2) the employee will refer student athletes to the person.
    A person who violates this subdivision is subject to the remedies under section 8.31,
except that a civil penalty imposed under that section may be not more than $100,000,
or three times the value offered to the employee in violating this subdivision, whichever
is greater.
    Subd. 5. Voidability of contract. A contract entered into in violation of subdivision
3 is voidable by the student athlete. If voided by the student athlete, the athletic agent shall
return to the student athlete any compensation received under the contract. The athletic
agent shall also pay reasonable attorney's fees and costs incurred by a student athlete in
any action or defense under this subdivision.

    Sec. 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.
    Section 1 is effective August 1, 1988, and applies to violations committed on or
after that date.
    Approved April 28, 1988