TITLE 24

Professions and Occupations

CHAPTER 54. Delaware Uniform Athlete Agents Act [Effective until July 1, 2023].

§ 5401. Short title [Effective until July 1, 2023].

This chapter may be cited as the “Delaware Uniform Athlete Agents Act.”

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5402. Definitions [Effective until July 1, 2023].

For purposes of this chapter:

(1) “Agency contract” means an agreement in which a student-athlete authorizes a person to negotiate or solicit on behalf of the student-athlete a professional-sports-services contract or an endorsement contract.

(2) “Athlete agent” means an individual who enters into an agency contract with a student-athlete or, directly or indirectly, recruits or solicits a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract. The term includes an individual who represents to the public that the individual is an athlete agent. The term does not include a spouse, parent, sibling, grandparent or guardian of the student-athlete or an individual acting solely on behalf of a professional sports team or professional sports organization.

(3) “Athletic director” means an individual responsible for administering the overall athletic program of an educational institution or, if an educational institution has separately administered athletic programs for male students and female students, the athletic program for males or the athletic program for females, as appropriate.

(4) “Contact” means a communication, direct or indirect, between an agent and a student-athlete to recruit or solicit the student-athlete to enter into an agency contract.

(5) “Endorsement contract” means an agreement under which a student-athlete is employed or receives consideration to use on behalf of the other party any value that the student-athlete may have because of publicity, reputation, following or fame obtained because of athletic ability or performance.

(6) “Intercollegiate sport” means a sport played at the collegiate level for which eligibility requirements for participation by a student-athlete are established by a national association for the promotion or regulation of collegiate athletics.

(7) “Person” means an individual, corporation, statutory trust, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, or government; a governmental subdivision, agency or instrumentality; a public corporation; or any other legal or commercial entity.

(8) “Professional-sports-services contract” means an agreement under which an individual is employed or agrees to render services as a player on a professional sports team, with a professional sports organization, or as a professional athlete.

(9) “Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

(10) “Registration” means registration as an athlete agent pursuant to this chapter.

(11) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(12) “Student-athlete” means an individual who engages in, is eligible to engage in, or may be eligible in the future to engage in any intercollegiate sport. If an individual is permanently ineligible to participate in a particular intercollegiate sport, the individual is not a student-athlete for purposes of that sport.

(13) “Substantially related” means the nature of the criminal conduct, for which the person was convicted, has a direct bearing on the fitness or ability to perform 1 or more of the duties or responsibilities necessarily related to the provision of services by an athlete agent.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  173 Del. Laws, c. 329, §  6774 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  97[2]78 Del. Laws, c. 376, §  1

§ 5403. Board of Athlete Agent Examiners; appointments; qualifications; term; vacancies; suspension or removal; compensation; meetings; quorum [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  170 Del. Laws, c. 186, §  174 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  10175 Del. Laws, c. 281, §§  1, 2repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5404. Service of process; subpoenas [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5405. Athlete agents: registration required; void contracts [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5406. Registration as athlete agent; form; requirements [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5407. Certificate of registration; issuance or denial; renewal [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  174 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  10275 Del. Laws, c. 436, §  53repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5408. Suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew registration [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5409. Temporary registration [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5410. Required form of contract [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) An agency contract must be in a record signed or otherwise authenticated by the parties.

(b) An agency contract must state or contain:

(1) The amount and method of calculating the consideration to be paid by the student-athlete for services to be provided by the athlete agent under the contract and any other consideration the athlete agent has received or will receive from any other source for entering into the contract or for providing the services;

(2) A description of any expenses that the student-athlete agrees to reimburse;

(3) A description of the services to be provided to the student-athlete;

(4) The duration of the contract; and

(5) The date of execution.

(c) An agency contract must contain, in close proximity to the signature of the student-athlete, a conspicuous notice in boldface type in capital letters stating:

WARNING TO STUDENT-ATHLETE

IF YOU SIGN THIS CONTRACT:

(1) YOU MAY LOSE YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE AS A STUDENT-ATHLETE IN YOUR SPORT;

(2) IF YOU HAVE AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, WITHIN 72 HOURS AFTER ENTERING INTO THIS CONTRACT, BOTH YOU AND YOUR ATHLETE AGENT MUST NOTIFY YOUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR; AND

(3) YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER SIGNING IT. CANCELLATION OF THIS CONTRACT MAY NOT REINSTATE YOUR ELIGIBILITY.

(d) An agency contract that does not conform to this section is voidable by the student-athlete. If a student-athlete voids an agency contract, the student-athlete is not required to pay any consideration under the contract or to return any consideration received from the athlete agent to induce the student-athlete to enter into the contract.

(e) The athlete agent shall give a record of the signed or otherwise authenticated agency contract to the student-athlete at the time of execution.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  178 Del. Laws, c. 376, §  4

§ 5411. Notice to educational institution [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) Within 72 hours after entering into an agency contract or before the next scheduled athletic event in which the student-athlete may participate, whichever occurs first, the athlete agent shall give notice in a record of the existence of the contract to the athletic director of the educational institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled or the athlete agent has reasonable grounds to believe the student-athlete intends to enroll.

(b) Within 72 hours after entering into an agency contract or before the next athletic event in which the student-athlete may participate, whichever occurs first, the student-athlete shall inform the athletic director of the educational institution at which the student-athlete is enrolled that the student-athlete has entered into an agency contract.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  170 Del. Laws, c. 186, §  1

§ 5412. Student-athlete’s right to cancel [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) A student-athlete may cancel an agency contract by giving notice of the cancellation to the athlete agent in a record within 14 days after the contract is signed.

(b) A student-athlete may not waive the right to cancel an agency contract.

(c) If a student-athlete cancels an agency contract, the student-athlete is not required to pay any consideration under the contract or to return any consideration received from the athlete agent to induce the student-athlete to enter into the contract.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5413. Required records [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) An athlete agent shall retain the following records for a period of 5 years:

(1) The name and address of each individual represented by the athlete agent;

(2) Any agency contract entered into by the athlete agent; and

(3) Any direct costs incurred by the athlete agent in the recruitment or solicitation of a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract.

(b) [Repealed.]

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  178 Del. Laws, c. 376, §  5

§ 5414. Prohibited conduct [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) An athlete agent, with the intent to induce a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract, may not:

(1) Give any materially false or misleading information or make a materially false promise or representation;

(2) Furnish anything of value to a student-athlete before the student-athlete enters into the agency contract; or

(3) Furnish anything of value to any individual other than the student-athlete or another athlete agent.

(b) An athlete agent may not intentionally:

(1) Refuse or fail to retain the records required to be retained by § 5413 of this title;

(2) Predate or postdate an agency contract; or

(3) Fail to notify a student-athlete before the student-athlete signs or otherwise authenticates an agency contract for a particular sport that the signing or authentication may make the student-athlete ineligible to participate as a student-athlete in that sport.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  178 Del. Laws, c. 376, §  6

§ 5415. Criminal penalties [Effective until July 1, 2023].

An athlete agent who violates § 5414 of this title is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. Upon the first offense, the athlete agent shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 for each offense, and in addition, may be imprisoned for not more than 1 year. For a second or subsequent conviction, the fine shall be not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 for each offense; and in addition the athlete agent may be imprisoned for not more than 1 year.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5416. Civil remedies [Effective until July 1, 2023].

(a) An educational institution has a right of action against an athlete agent or a former student-athlete for damages caused by a violation of this chapter. In an action under this section, the court may award to the prevailing party costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

(b) Damages of an educational institution under subsection (a) of this section include losses and expenses incurred because, as a result of the conduct of an athlete agent or former student-athlete, the educational institution was injured by a violation of this chapter or was penalized, disqualified or suspended from participation in athletics by a national association for the promotion and regulation of athletics, by an athletic conference, or by reasonable self-imposed disciplinary action taken to mitigate sanctions likely to be imposed by such an organization.

(c) A right of action under this section does not accrue until the educational institution discovers or by the exercise of reasonable diligence would have discovered the violation by the athlete agent or former student-athlete.

(d) Any liability of the athlete agent or the former student-athlete under this section is several and not joint.

(e) This chapter does not restrict rights, remedies or defenses of any person under law or equity.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5417. Administrative penalty [Effective until July 1, 2023].
73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1repealed by 78 Del. Laws, c. 376, § 2, eff. July 27, 2012.

§ 5418. Uniformity of application and construction [Effective until July 1, 2023].

In applying and construing this chapter, consideration must be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact similar statutes.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5419. Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act [Effective until July 1, 2023].

The provisions of this chapter governing the legal effect, validity or enforceability of electronic records or signatures, and of contracts formed or performed with the use of such records or signatures conform to the requirements of Section 102 of the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, Pub. L. No. 106-229, 114 Stat. 464 (2000) [15 U.S.C. § 7002], and supersede, modify and limit the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act [15 U.S.C. § 7001 et seq.].

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5420. Severability [Effective until July 1, 2023].

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the invalidity does not affect other provisions or applications of this chapter which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this chapter are severable.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5401. Short title [Effective July 1, 2023].

This chapter may be cited as the “Delaware Revised Uniform Athlete Agents Act.”

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  1

§ 5402. Definitions [Effective July 1, 2023].

For purposes of this chapter:

(1) “Agency contract” means an agreement in which a student athlete authorizes a person to negotiate or solicit on behalf of the athlete any of the following:

a. A professional-sports-services contract.

b. An endorsement contract.

c. A name, image, or likeness agreement.

(2) a. “Athlete agent” means an individual, whether or not registered under this chapter, who does any of the following:

1. Directly or indirectly recruits or solicits a student athlete to enter into an agency contract or, for compensation, procures employment or offers, promises, attempts, or negotiates to obtain employment for a student athlete as a professional athlete or member of a professional sports team or organization.

2. For compensation or in anticipation of compensation related to a student athlete’s participation in athletics does any of the following:

A. Serves the athlete in an advisory capacity on a matter related to finances, business pursuits, or career management decisions, unless the individual is an employee of an educational institution acting exclusively as an employee of the institution for the benefit of the institution.

B. Manages the business affairs of the athlete by providing assistance with bills, payments, contracts, or taxes.

3. In anticipation of representing a student athlete for a purpose related to the athlete’s participation in athletics does any of the following:

A. Gives consideration to the student athlete or another person.

B. Serves the athlete in an advisory capacity on a matter related to finances, business pursuits, or career management decisions.

C. Manages the business affairs of the athlete by providing assistance with bills, payments, contracts, or taxes.

b. “Athlete agent” does not include an individual who does any of the following:

1. Acts solely on behalf of a professional sports team or organization.

2. Is a licensed, registered, or certified professional and offers or provides services to a student athlete customarily provided by members of the profession, unless the individual does any of the following:

A. Also recruits or solicits the athlete to enter into an agency contract.

B. Also, for compensation, procures employment or offers, promises, attempts, or negotiates to obtain employment for the athlete as a professional athlete or member of a professional sports team or organization.

C. Receives consideration for providing the services calculated using a different method than for an individual who is not a student athlete.

(3) “Athletic director” means the individual responsible for administering the overall athletic program of an educational institution or, if an educational institution has separately administered athletic programs for male students and female students, the athletic program for males or the athletic program for females, as appropriate.

(4) “Educational institution” includes a public or private elementary school, secondary school, technical or vocational school, community college, college, and university.

(5) “Endorsement contract” means an agreement under which a student athlete is employed or receives consideration to use on behalf of the other party any value that the athlete may have because of publicity, reputation, following, or fame obtained because of athletic ability or performance.

(6) “Enrolled” means registered for courses and attending athletic practice or class. “Enrolls” has a corresponding meaning.

(7) “Intercollegiate sport” means a sport played at the collegiate level for which eligibility requirements for participation by a student athlete are established by a national association that promotes or regulates collegiate athletics.

(8) “Interscholastic sport” means a sport played between educational institutions that are not community colleges, colleges, or universities.

(9) “Licensed, registered, or certified professional” means an individual licensed, registered, or certified as an attorney, dealer in securities, financial planner, insurance agent, real estate broker or sales agent, tax consultant, accountant, or member of a profession, other than that of athlete agent, who is licensed, registered, or certified by the state or a nationally-recognized organization that licenses, registers, or certifies members of the profession on the basis of experience, education, or testing.

(10) “Name, image, or likeness” includes a symbol, word, name, or design that readily identifies a student athlete.

(11) “Name, image, or likeness agreement” means an express or implied agreement, oral or in a record, under which a third party provides name, image, or likeness compensation.

(12) “Name, image, or likeness compensation” means money or other thing of value provided by a third party in exchange for use of a student athlete’s name, image, or likeness.

(13) “Person” means an individual; estate; business or nonprofit entity; public corporation; government or governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality; or other legal entity.

(14) “Professional-sports-services contract” means an agreement under which an individual is employed as a professional athlete or agrees to render services as a player on a professional sports team or with a professional sports organization.

(15) “Record” means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in perceivable form.

(16) “Recruit or solicit” means attempt to influence the choice of an athlete agent by a student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete. “Recruit or solicit” does not include giving advice on the selection of a particular agent in a family, coaching, or social situation unless the individual giving the advice does so because of the receipt or anticipated receipt of an economic benefit, directly or indirectly, from the agent.

(17) “Registration” means registration as an athlete agent under this chapter.

(18) “Secretary” means the Secretary of the Department of State.

(19) “Sign” means, with present intent to authenticate or adopt a record, any of the following:

a. To execute or adopt a tangible symbol.

b. To attach to or logically associate with the record an electronic symbol, sound, or process.

(20) “State” means a state of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, or any territory or insular possession subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

(21) “Student athlete” means an individual who is eligible to attend an educational institution and engages in, is eligible to engage in, or may be eligible in the future to engage in, any interscholastic or intercollegiate sport. “Student athlete” does not include an individual permanently ineligible to participate in a particular interscholastic or intercollegiate sport for that sport.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  173 Del. Laws, c. 329, §  6774 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  97[2]78 Del. Laws, c. 376, §  1

§ 5403. Secretary’s authority; procedure [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) The Administrative Procedures Act, Chapter 101 of Title 29, applies to this chapter. The Secretary may adopt rules and regulations under the Administrative Procedures Act to implement this chapter.

(b) By acting as an athlete agent in this State, a nonresident individual appoints the Secretary as the individual’s agent for service of process in any civil action in this State related to the individual acting as an athlete agent in this State.

(c) The Secretary may issue a subpoena for material that is relevant to the administration of this chapter.

83 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5404. Athlete agent; registration required; void contract [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, an individual may not act as an athlete agent in this State without holding a record of registration under this chapter.

(b) Before being granted a record of registration under this chapter, an individual may act as an athlete agent in this State for all purposes except signing an agency contract, if all of the following apply:

(1) A student athlete or another person acting on behalf of the athlete initiates communication with the individual.

(2) Not later than 14 days after an initial act that requires the individual to register as an athlete agent, the individual submits an application for registration as an athlete agent in this State.

(c) An agency contract resulting from conduct in violation of this section is void, and the athlete agent shall return any consideration received under the contract.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  183 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5405. Registration as athlete agent; application; requirements; reciprocal registration [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) An applicant for registration as an athlete agent shall submit an application for registration to the Secretary in a form prescribed by the Secretary. The applicant must be an individual, and the application must be signed by the applicant under penalty of perjury. The application must contain at least the following:

(1) The name and date and place of birth of the applicant and all of the following contact information for the applicant:

a. The address of the applicant’s principal place of business.

b. Work and mobile telephone numbers.

c. Any means of communicating electronically, including a facsimile number, electronic-mail address, and personal and business or employer websites.

(2) The name of the applicant’s business or employer, as applicable, including for each business or employer, its mailing address, telephone number, organization form, and the nature of the business.

(3) Each social media account with which the applicant or the applicant’s business or employer is affiliated.

(4) Each business or occupation in which the applicant engaged within 5 years before the date of the application, including self-employment and employment by others, and any professional or occupational license, registration, or certification held by the applicant during that time.

(5) A description of all of the following related to the applicant:

a. The applicant’s formal training as an athlete agent.

b. The applicant’s practical experience as an athlete agent.

c. The applicant’s educational background relating to the applicant’s activities as an athlete agent.

(6) The name of each student athlete for whom the applicant acted as an athlete agent within 5 years before the date of the application or, if the athlete is a minor, the name of the parent or guardian of the athlete, together with the athlete’s sport and last-known team.

(7) The name and address of each person that meets all of the following:

a. Is a partner, member, officer, manager, associate, or profit sharer or directly or indirectly holds an equity interest of 5% or greater of the athlete agent’s business if it is not a corporation.

b. Is an officer or director of a corporation employing the athlete agent or a shareholder having an interest of 5% or greater in the corporation.

(8) A description of the status of any application by the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, for a state or federal business, professional, or occupational license, other than as an athlete agent, from a state or federal agency, including any denial, refusal to renew, suspension, withdrawal, or termination of the license and any reprimand or censure related to the license.

(9) Whether the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, has pleaded guilty or no contest to, has been convicted of, or has charges pending for, a crime that would be a felony if committed in this State and, if so, identification of all of the following:

a. The crime.

b. The law-enforcement agency involved.

c. If applicable, the date of the guilty plea, no contest plea, or conviction and the fine or penalty imposed.

(10) Whether, within 15 years before the date of application, the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, has been a defendant or respondent in a civil proceeding, including a proceeding seeking an adjudication of incompetence and, if so, the date and a full explanation of each proceeding.

(11) Whether the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, has an unsatisfied judgment or a judgment of continuing effect, including alimony or a domestic order in the nature of child support, which is not current at the date of the application.

(12) Whether, within 10 years before the date of application, the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, was adjudicated bankrupt or was an owner of a business that was adjudicated bankrupt.

(13) Whether there has been any administrative or judicial determination that the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, made a false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent representation.

(14) Each instance in which conduct of the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, resulted in the imposition of a sanction, suspension, or declaration of ineligibility to participate in an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or professional athletic event on a student athlete or a sanction on an educational institution.

(15) Each sanction, suspension, or disciplinary action taken against the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, arising out of occupational or professional conduct.

(16) Whether there has been a denial of an application for, suspension or revocation of, refusal to renew, or abandonment of, the registration of the applicant, or any person named under paragraph (a)(7) of this section, as an athlete agent in any state.

(17) Each state in which the applicant currently is registered as an athlete agent or has applied to be registered as an athlete agent.

(18) If the applicant is certified or registered by a professional league or players association, all of the following:

a. The name of the league or association.

b. The date of the certification or registration, and the date of expiration of the certification or registration, if any.

c. If applicable, the date of any denial of an application for, suspension or revocation of, refusal to renew, withdrawal of, or termination of, the certification or registration or any reprimand or censure related to the certification or registration.

(19) Any additional information required by the Secretary.

(b) Instead of proceeding under subsection (a) of this section, an individual registered as an athlete agent in another state may apply for registration as an athlete agent in this State by submitting all of the following to the Secretary:

(1) An application for registration as an athlete agent under subsection (a) of this section.

(2) A copy of the record of registration from the other state.

(c) The Secretary shall grant a record of registration to an individual who applies for registration under subsection (b) of this section if the Secretary determines all of the following:

(1) The registration requirements of the other state are substantially similar to or more restrictive than this chapter.

(2) The registration has not been revoked or suspended and no action involving the individual’s conduct as an athlete agent is pending against the individual or the individual’s registration in any state.

(d) For purposes of implementing subsection (c) of this section, the Secretary shall do all of the following:

(1) Cooperate with national organizations concerned with athlete agent issues and agencies in other states which register athlete agents to develop a common registration form and determine which states have laws that are substantially similar to or more restrictive than this chapter.

(2) Exchange information, including information related to actions taken against registered athlete agents or their registrations, with those organizations and agencies.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  183 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5406. Record of registration; issuance or denial; renewal [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary shall grant a record of registration to an applicant for registration who complies with § 5405(a) of this title.

(b) The Secretary may refuse to grant a record of registration to an applicant for registration under § 5405(a) of this title if the Secretary determines that the applicant has engaged in conduct that significantly adversely reflects on the applicant’s fitness to act as an athlete agent. In making the determination, the Secretary may consider whether the applicant has done any of the following:

(1) Pleaded guilty or no contest to, has been convicted of, or has charges pending for, a crime that would be a felony if committed in this State.

(2) Made a materially false, misleading, deceptive, or fraudulent representation in the application or as an athlete agent.

(3) Engaged in conduct that would disqualify the applicant from serving in a fiduciary capacity.

(4) Engaged in conduct prohibited by § 5413 of this title.

(5) Had a registration as an athlete agent suspended, revoked, or denied in any state.

(6) Been refused renewal of registration as an athlete agent in any state.

(7) Engaged in conduct resulting in imposition of a sanction, suspension, or declaration of ineligibility to participate in an interscholastic, intercollegiate, or professional athletic event on a student athlete or a sanction on an educational institution.

(8) Engaged in conduct that adversely reflects on the applicant’s credibility, honesty, or integrity.

(c) In making a determination under subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary shall consider all of the following:

(1) How recently the conduct occurred.

(2) The nature of the conduct and the context in which it occurred.

(3) Other relevant conduct of the applicant.

(d) An athlete agent registered under subsection (a) of this section may apply to renew the registration by submitting an application for renewal in a form prescribed by the Secretary. The applicant shall sign the application for renewal under penalty of perjury and include current information on all matters required in an original application for registration or verify there is no material change in the information.

(e) An athlete agent registered under § 5405(c) of this title may renew the registration by proceeding under subsection (d) of this section or, if the registration in the other state has been renewed, by submitting to the Secretary an application for renewal in a form prescribed by the Secretary and the renewed registration from the other state. The Secretary shall renew the registration if the Secretary determines all of the following:

(1) The registration requirements of the other state are substantially similar to or more restrictive than this chapter.

(2) The renewed registration has not been suspended or revoked and no action involving the individual’s conduct as an athlete agent is pending against the individual or the individual’s registration in any state.

(f) A record of registration or renewal of a record of registration under this chapter is valid for not more than 2 years. The biennial registration period begins July 1 of each odd-numbered year and ends June 30 of the next odd-numbered year.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  174 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  10275 Del. Laws, c. 436, §  5383 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5407. Suspension, revocation, or refusal to renew registration [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) The Secretary may limit, suspend, revoke, or refuse to renew a registration of an individual registered under § 5406(a) of this title for conduct that would have justified refusal to grant a record of registration under § 5406(b) of this title.

(b) The Secretary may suspend or revoke a registration of an individual registered under § 5405(c) of this title or renewed under § 5406(e) of this title for any reason for which the Secretary could have refused to grant or renew registration or for conduct that would justify refusal to grant a record of registration under § 5406(b) of this title.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  183 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5408. Registration and renewal fees [Effective July 1, 2023].

An application for registration or renewal of registration as an athlete agent must be accompanied by a fee in an amount set by the Secretary that approximates and reasonably reflects all costs necessary to defray the Secretary’s expenses related to the administration of this chapter.

73 Del. Laws, c. 144, §  174 Del. Laws, c. 262, §  10275 Del. Laws, c. 436, §  5383 Del. Laws, c. 528, § 1

§ 5409. Required form of agency contract [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) An agency contract must be in a record signed by the parties.

(b) An agency contract must contain all of the following:

(1) A statement that the athlete agent is registered as an athlete agent in this State and a list of any other states in which the athlete agent is registered as an athlete agent.

(2) The amount and method of calculating the consideration to be paid by the student athlete for services to be provided by the agent under the contract and any other consideration the agent has received or will receive from any other source for entering into the contract or providing the services.

(3) The name of any person not listed in the agent’s application for registration or renewal of registration which will be compensated because the athlete signed the contract.

(4) A description of any expenses the athlete agrees to reimburse.

(5) A description of the services to be provided to the athlete.

(6) The duration of the contract.

(7) The date of execution.

(c) Subject to subsection (g) of this section, an agency contract must contain a conspicuous notice in boldface type and in substantially the following form:

WARNING TO STUDENT ATHLETE

IF YOU SIGN THIS CONTRACT:

(1) YOU MAY LOSE YOUR ELIGIBILITY TO COMPETE AS A STUDENT ATHLETE IN YOUR SPORT;

(2) IF YOU HAVE AN ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, WITHIN 72 HOURS AFTER SIGNING THIS CONTRACT OR BEFORE THE NEXT SCHEDULED ATHLETIC EVENT IN WHICH YOU PARTICIPATE, WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST, BOTH YOU AND YOUR ATHLETE AGENT MUST NOTIFY YOUR ATHLETIC DIRECTOR THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED INTO THIS CONTRACT AND PROVIDE THE NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION OF THE ATHLETE AGENT; AND

(3) YOU MAY CANCEL THIS CONTRACT WITHIN 14 DAYS AFTER SIGNING IT. CANCELLATION OF THIS CONTRACT MAY NOT REINSTATE YOUR ELIGIBILITY AS A STUDENT ATHLETE IN YOUR SPORT.

(d) An agency contract must be accompanied by a separate record signed by the student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete acknowledging that signing the contract may result in the loss of the athlete’s eligibility to participate in the athlete’s sport.

(e) A student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete may void an agency contract that does not conform to this section. If the contract is voided, any consideration received from the athlete agent under the contract to induce entering into the contract is not required to be returned.

(f) At the time an agency contract is executed, the athlete agent shall give the student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete a copy in a record of the contract and the separate acknowledgement required by subsection (d) of this section.

(g) If a student athlete is a minor, an agency contract must be signed by the parent or guardian of the athlete and the notice required by subsection (c) of this section must be revised accordingly.

(h) The notice required under subsection (c) of this section and the record required under subsection (d) of this section must be in a language in which the student athlete is fluent or, if the athlete is a minor, a language in which the parent or guardian of the athlete is fluent.

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§ 5410. Notice to educational institution [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) For purposes of this section, “communicating or attempting to communicate” means contacting or attempting to contact by an in-person meeting, a record, or any other method that conveys or attempts to convey a message.

(b) Not later than 72 hours after entering into an agency contract or before the next scheduled athletic event in which the student athlete may participate, whichever occurs first, the athlete agent shall give notice in a record of the existence of the contract to the athletic director of the educational institution at which the athlete is enrolled or at which the agent has reasonable grounds to believe the athlete intends to enroll.

(c) Not later than 72 hours after entering into an agency contract or before the next scheduled athletic event in which the student athlete may participate, whichever occurs first, the athlete shall inform the athletic director of the educational institution at which the athlete is enrolled that the athlete has entered into an agency contract and the name and contact information of the athlete agent.

(d) If an athlete agent enters into an agency contract with a student athlete and the athlete subsequently enrolls at an educational institution, the agent shall notify the athletic director of the institution of the existence of the contract not later than 72 hours after the agent knew or should have known the athlete enrolled.

(e) If an athlete agent has a relationship with a student athlete before the athlete enrolls in an educational institution and receives an athletic scholarship from the institution, the agent shall notify the institution of the relationship not later than 10 days after the enrollment if the agent knows or should have known of the enrollment and either of the following apply:

(1) The relationship was motivated in whole or part by the intention of the agent to recruit or solicit the athlete to enter an agency contract in the future.

(2) The agent directly or indirectly recruited or solicited the athlete to enter an agency contract before the enrollment.

(f) An athlete agent shall give notice in a record to the athletic director of any educational institution at which a student athlete is enrolled before the agent communicates or attempts to communicate with any of the following:

(1) The athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete to influence the athlete or parent or guardian to enter into an agency contract.

(2) Another individual to have that individual influence the athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete to enter into an agency contract.

(g) If a communication or attempt to communicate with an athlete agent is initiated by a student athlete or another individual on behalf of the athlete, the agent shall notify in a record the athletic director of any educational institution at which the athlete is enrolled. The notification must be made not later than 10 days after the communication or attempt.

(h) An educational institution that becomes aware of a violation of this chapter by an athlete agent shall notify all of the following of the violation:

(1) The Secretary.

(2) Any professional league or players association with which the institution is aware the agent is licensed or registered.

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§ 5411. Student athlete’s right to cancel [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) A student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete may cancel an agency contract by giving notice in a record of cancellation to the athlete agent not later than 14 days after the contract is signed.

(b) A student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, the parent or guardian of the athlete may not waive the right to cancel an agency contract.

(c) If a student athlete, parent, or guardian cancels an agency contract, the athlete, parent, or guardian is not required to pay any consideration under the contract or return any consideration received from the athlete agent to influence the athlete to enter into the contract.

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§ 5412. Required records [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) An athlete agent shall create and retain for 5 years records of all of the following:

(1) The name and address of each student athlete represented by the agent.

(2) Each agency contract entered into by the agent.

(3) The direct costs incurred by the agent in the recruitment or solicitation of each student athlete to enter into an agency contract.

(b) Records described in subsection (a) of this section are open to inspection by the Secretary during normal business hours.

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§ 5413. Prohibited conduct [Effective July 1, 2023].

An athlete agent may not intentionally do any of the following:

(1) Give a student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete materially false or misleading information or make a materially false promise or representation with the intent to influence the athlete, parent, or guardian to enter into an agency contract.

(2) Furnish anything of value to a student athlete or another individual, if to do so may result in loss of the athlete’s eligibility to participate in the athlete’s sport, unless all of the following applies:

a. The agent notifies the athletic director of the educational institution at which the athlete is enrolled or at which the agent has reasonable grounds to believe the athlete intends to enroll, not later than 72 hours after giving the thing of value.

b. The athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete acknowledges to the agent in a separate record that receipt of the thing of value may result in loss of the athlete’s eligibility to participate in the athlete’s sport.

(3) Initiate contact, directly or indirectly, with a student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete, to recruit or solicit the athlete, parent, or guardian to enter an agency contract unless registered under this chapter.

(4) Fail to create, retain, or permit inspection of the records required by § 5412 of this title.

(5) Fail to register when required by § 5404 of this title.

(6) Provide materially false or misleading information in an application for registration or renewal of registration.

(7) Predate or postdate an agency contract.

(8) Fail to notify a student athlete or, if the athlete is a minor, a parent or guardian of the athlete, before the athlete, parent, or guardian signs an agency contract for a particular sport that the signing may result in loss of the athlete’s eligibility to participate in the athlete’s sport.

(9) Encourage another individual to do any of the acts described in paragraphs (1) through (8) of this section on behalf of the agent.

(10) Encourage another individual to assist any other individual in doing any of the acts described in paragraphs (1) through (8) of this section on behalf of the agent.

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§ 5414. Criminal penalty [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) An athlete agent who violates § 5413 of this title is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. A first conviction of a violation of § 5413 of this title is punishable by a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $1,000 and imprisonment for not more than 1 year. A second or subsequent conviction of a violation of § 5413 of this title is punishable by a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $2,000 and imprisonment for not more than 1 year.

(b) The Superior Court has jurisdiction over a criminal violation of § 5413 of this title.

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§ 5415. Civil remedy [Effective July 1, 2023].

(a) An educational institution or student athlete may bring an action for damages against an athlete agent if the institution or athlete is adversely affected by an act or omission of the agent in violation of this chapter. An educational institution or student athlete is adversely affected by an act or omission of the agent only if, because of the act or omission, the institution or an individual who was a student athlete at the time of the act or omission and enrolled in the institution meets one or more of the following:

(1) Is suspended or disqualified from participation in an interscholastic or intercollegiate sports event by or under the rules of a state or national federation or association that promotes or regulates interscholastic or intercollegiate sports.

(2) Suffers financial damage.

(b) A plaintiff that prevails in an action under this section may recover damages, costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees. An athlete agent found liable under this section forfeits any right of payment for anything of benefit or value provided to the student athlete and shall refund any consideration paid to the agent by or on behalf of the athlete.

(c) A violation of this chapter is an unfair or deceptive merchandising practice for purposes of Subchapter II of Chapter 25 of Title 6.

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§ 5416. Civil penalty [Effective July 1, 2023].

The Secretary may assess a civil penalty against an athlete agent not to exceed $50,000 for a violation of this chapter.

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§ 5417. Uniformity of application and construction [Effective July 1, 2023].

In applying and construing this chapter, consideration must be given to the need to promote uniformity of the law with respect to its subject matter among states that enact laws similar to this chapter.

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§ 5418. Relation to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act [Effective July 1, 2023].

This chapter modifies, limits, or supersedes the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 U.S.C. § 7001 et seq., but does not modify, limit, or supersede Section 101(c) of that act, 15 U.S.C. § 7001(c), or authorize electronic delivery of any of the notices described in Section 103 (b) of that act, 15 U.S.C. § 7003(b).

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