Agent Angst

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Members of the public can chime in on a bill aimed at reining in unscrupulous sports agents.

The bill (LB292) from Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha will go before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee at the state Capitol on Thursday.

It would provide for registration, certification and background checks of sports agents seeking to represent student athletes.

It's meant to punish agents who offer meals, cash and other goodies to get athletes to sign with them. An agent jeopardizes an athlete's eligibility and puts the athlete's school at risk of NCAA sanctions when the agent offers inducements to secure that athlete as a client.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said states generally pursue lawbreaking agents on a complaint basis.

Courtesy: Associated Press