CONFERENCE TACKLES THE ETHICAL ISSUES OF SPORTS
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).