Arkansas AG proposes law against unscrupulous sports agents

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January 28, 2011

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.[1] 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."[2] 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.

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