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May 7, 2013
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Governor Signs Measure to Increase
Regulation of Athlete Agents
(SALEM) Governor John Kitzhaber Monday signed into a law a measure that increases the regulation of sports agents in Oregon to protect the college eligibility of student athletes and the integrity of amateur sports.
The measure was sponsored by Representatives Phil Barnhart and Gene Whisnant and Senate President Peter Courtney.
“Our students deserve a chance to play amateur sports without accidentally turning professional from the unscrupulous actions of opportunistic agents. This bill provides protections that our young athletes need to play and finish their education,” said Barnhart (D-Eugene)
"This law will be the most comprehensive and enforceable in the nation. It will protect our student athletes from grade school through college. It is a model for every state to follow," said Whisnant (R-Sunriver).
“Oregon is sending a message. Agents must treat our student athletes with respect. Those who attempt to take advantage of student athletes in Oregon are not welcome here,” said Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn).
House Bill 3296 broadens the definition of athlete agents to include “runners” who recruit athletes for sports management firms; requires that agents notify the educational institution in writing before initiating contact with a student athlete; broadens state law to include elementary and secondary school student athletes; makes a violation of the athlete agent law an unlawful trade practice; and allows athletes to take civil action against agents if they are harmed by violations of the act.
Courtney introduced a similar measure in 2011 after a series of high profile cases intensified the focus on the relationship between sports agents and student athletes.
Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush forfeited his 2005 Heisman Trophy as a result of an NCAA investigation of his relationship with an agent while Bush was a student-athlete at the University of Southern California. As a result of another investigation, the University of North Carolina suspended 13 of its players for its season opener in 2011.