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TOUGH NEW LAW IN FL FOR SPORTS AGENTS
Published May 5, 1995
FL legislators "clamped down ... on unscrupulous sports agents by passing possibly the nation's toughest state law on violators," according to today's ORLANDO SENTINEL. Unlicensed sports agents found guilty of giving gifts or cash to college athletes would face felony charges. The new law "stems from last year's scandal involving" players from FSU's '93 national championship football team. Several athletes were suspended for a shopping spree at an area shoe store, paid for by a "would-be sports agent." The bill still needs Gov. Lawton Chiles' signature. According to Chancellor Charles Reed, who directs the state's 10 public universities, the law would stipulate that both unlicensed agents and athletes who accept gifts face felony charges amnd would allow universities to have more power to sue law-breakers to "recoup money lost because of NCAA disciplinary sanctions" (Arden Moore, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 5/5).