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Athlete Agent Reform Act Of 2011 Almost Arkansas Law

The State of Arkansas yet another step closer to having a stricter athlete agent law. The Athlete Agent Reform Act Of 2011 by Rep. David J. Sanders has now passed through the House of Representatives by a vote of 89-0 and last Thursday, the Senate approved it by a 28-0 margin.  It will now go to the governor of Arkansas for final approval; it is very unlikely that it will be vetoed.  Arkansas’ Attorney General and the University of Arkansas Athletic Director have already thrown their support behind passage of the Act.

Senator Jeremy Hutchinson presented The Athlete Agent Reform Act of 2011 on the Senate floor.  While there was no debate as to the bill’s merits, Hutchinson said the following: “It appears that when sports agents unlawfully give money to student athletes the student athlete gets punished, the university gets punished, the fans … across the country get punished, yet the agent who actually violated the law gets off with very little, a misdemeanor.”  Arkansas seems committed to change that, at least within its own borders.  As I have stated numerous times, though, the key element is enforcing the Act once it becomes law.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

1 reply on “Athlete Agent Reform Act Of 2011 Almost Arkansas Law”

This act is quite interesting. On one hand, it’s great that these “athlete-agents” who break the rules receive punishment for their actions, but like you said Darren, how strictly and equally will it be enforced is the big question.

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