Law seeks to shield school athletes in Tennessee from agents

Associated Press • Jun 18, 2011 at 12:53 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure recently signed by Gov. Bill Haslam seeks to prevent agents from preying on school athletes in Tennessee.The law, which the governor signed earlier this month, is part of a trend nationwide to keep athletes from receiving compensation or favors from schools, boosters or agents.The Tennessean reports that the law gives state officials the power to investigate such allegations and impose criminal penalties on anyone who performs the services of a sports agent.The law requires anyone who performs the job of an agent in Tennessee to register with the Department of State, which already regulates the agents who represent professional athletes. Failing to do so could result in a penalty of as much as $25,000 and up to six years in prison.

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