They say everything is big in the State of Texas, and now the punishments on unethical agents may be bigger than ever. Texas legislators are pressing for felony convictions and 10 years in prison for agents who entice student-athletes into contracts which can cause them to lose their eligibility.
“Far too many times, agents have caused havoc for athletes and universities and walked away unscathed,” said Rep. Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat pushing the measure.
Texas, like most states, has laws regulating agents and under current law, a violation is considered a misdemeanor, punishable by fines, revocation of a license. The new bill would require agents to post a $50,000 bond with the state and be certified with a national professional sports association and agents would be banned from offering anything of value to the athlete or their family before the athlete completes their college eligibility. In addition, the bill requires individuals, not corporations, to register as agents.
10 years in prison, somewhat draconian, don’t you think?