Law aims to keep bad sports agents out of state

Strengthening a Mississippi law is helping to ensure athletes are protected from unscrupulous agents, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said.

“Mississippi’s new law will provide greater accountability to sports agents who wish to recruit our student-athletes and will bring more responsibility to the recruitment process,” he said. “Our goal is to protect not only the eligibility, but also the future of our student-athletes.”

This past session, state lawmakers toughened requirements of the Uniform Athletes Agents Act, which the secretary of state’s office enforces.

Hosemann said he became interested in reforming the system after NFL running back Reggie Bush had to return the Heisman Trophy he earned while playing for the University of Southern California.

Clarion Ledger
9/5/11