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Arkansas AG proposes law against unscrupulous sports agents
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas: Democratic State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel and Republican State Representative David J. Sanders have jointly proposed a piece of legislation they hope will "discourage agents from offering cash or other prohibited gifts to amateur athletes" within the State of Arkansas. The Athlete Agent Reform Act would "make it a Class D felony for agents or their representatives to induce student-athletes to sign a contract by furnishing goods or services of value." The measure would also make it against state law for parents or guardians of student-athletes from seeking the same illegal financial benefits in exchange for a commitment to a specific college or university sports program. Right now, such exchanges warrant only a misdemeanor charge. This bill will make those actions felonies, increase the potentiality of civil liability, and increase civil penalties from $50,000 to over $250,000.