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Missouri Lawmakers Crack Down On Athletic Agents

May 14, 1996
By: Kelly Just
State Capital Bureau

Missouri lawmakers have approved a plan to keep universities, athletes and their agents from violating N-C-double-A rules. Kelly Just reports from Jefferson City.

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Members of the House and Senate have sent a bill to the Governor requiring athletic agents to register with the Secretary of State's office.

Boone County representative, Tim Harlan says when agents and students keep professional contracts a secret, it's possible for M-U to break the rules without knowing it.

He says his bill ensures that students who have lost eligibility don't continue to play for the university.

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Contents: [201K WAV file - Harlan says the most important provision in the bill is that contracts must now include a warning that eligibility could be lost by signing with a pro team. He adds that agents and athletes can be penalized for violating rules.]

With any violation of N-C-double-A rules, intentional or not...the university faces punishment ranging from missing games to losing an athletic program.

The bill now goes to Governor Mel Carnahan.

From the State Capital, I'm Kelly Just.