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TOUGH NEW LAW IN FL FOR SPORTS AGENTS

     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).
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