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Bill regulating professional sports agents moves to NC House

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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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