Submitted by Cacky Catlett on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 8:22pm.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Reworked rules governing professional sports agents working in North Carolina are moving through the General Assembly, months after a scandal involving a longtime NFL agent and a University of North Carolina football player. The Senate unanimously agreed Wednesday to changes that make clear athlete agents are banned from providing gifts or other things of value to a college athlete or family members until the athlete enters into an agency's contract. Others also are barred from trying to influence the athlete from signing with an agent in exchange for future benefits. Agents also would have to keep for five years documents that record communications between agents and athletes. Fourteen UNC players missed at least one game last season due to an ongoing investigation. The measure now goes to the House. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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