The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation continues to protect Florida athletes during NFL Pro Days
March 17, 2014
~Sports agents representing Florida athletes require a license~
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida is home to some of the top football schools in the nation, including the 2013 Florida State University National Champions. Beginning this month, National Football League (NFL) scouts and athlete agents will travel to colleges across Florida to watch players participate in tests and events during the 2014 NFL Pro Days. Athlete agents in Florida are licensed and regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), and department staff will be present to protect student athletes by ensuring the agents participating in Pro Days are properly licensed by the state.
“Florida’s college football players are among the best in the nation,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “They work extremely hard to get the recognition they deserve, and it’s our job at the department to ensure they have a smooth transition from college athletics to professional sports by reminding them to only work with licensed sports agents.”
Beginning this month, DBPR investigators will monitor Pro Day events at the University of South Florida, University of Florida, Florida State University, University of Central Florida, Bethune-Cookman University, University of Miami and Florida International University. Anyone who recruits student athletes in the state of Florida must have an athlete agent license. During the events, staff from the Division of Regulation will be verifying athlete agents’ credentials and educating student athletes and their families on the importance of using only licensed athlete agents.
Anyone attempting to recruit student athletes in Florida, regardless of any other state licensure, must possess an active, current license through DBPR. There are more than 270 licensed athlete agents serving as sports agents to Florida’s athletes. To verify the license of an individual operating as a sports agent, visit www.myfloridalicense.com or call 850-487-1395.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The department licensed more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and certified public accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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