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CONFERENCE TACKLES THE ETHICAL ISSUES OF SPORTS
Published May 22, 1998
The Int'l Conference on Ethical Issues in Sport continues in Tampa, FL. On Wednesday, a two-hour panel examined the state of sports representation, and agent Tom Reich said, "Corruption is widespread and is a growth industry in and of itself. The horse is out of the barn. What is out there now is difficult to live with on a day-to- day basis." AR Sports Founder Ray Anderson said that while agents are to blame for many transgressions, "reciprocal greedy behavior by athletes and their families is also common." Anderson: "We had a client whose mother wanted two cars, and also wanted her other son on the payroll." Anderson said he "fired the client" (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/21). A panel yesterday discussed the issue of publicly funded sports facilities. Bucs GM Rich McKay: "In our case we have one tangible benefit that is irrefutable and that's the Super Bowl. I don't think anybody, even the economists, would argue that the direct impact ... will well exceed $200 million" (Walter Lee Dozier, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/22).