“[Don’t] ever represent any player that is a resident or goes to school in the state of Alabama. I am not an agent anymore, but I wouldn’t do it.” – Mike Trope, author of Necessary Roughness and former NFLPA agent.
Trope was quoted in SportsBusiness Journal (subcription required) in reference to the Raymond Lee Savage Jr. story that I have reported on in the past. Do Alabama’s notoriously tough agent laws truly create such a high risk of potential penalty that it is clearly not worth recruiting in the state? A potential verdict of ten-years in prison for Savage for failing to register as an athlete agent in Alabama (Class C felony)…seems like quite a hefty consequence. I am having a tough time trying to argue with Trope’s opinion.