ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

clear-night
42°
Clear
H 70° L 57°
  • clear-night
    42°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 70° L 57°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    64°
    Afternoon
    Partly Cloudy. H 70° L 57°
  • rain-day Created with Sketch.
    67°
    Evening
    Showers. H 70° L 57°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg news on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg traffic on demand

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

Krmg weather on demand

00:00 | 00:00

Sports
New Oklahoma bill aimed at sports agents in Oklahoma
Close

New Oklahoma bill aimed at sports agents in Oklahoma

New Oklahoma bill aimed at sports agents in Oklahoma
Seal of the state of Oklahoma

New Oklahoma bill aimed at sports agents in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City – Legislation to modify the Uniform Athletes Agent Act passed the full Senate today.  Authored by President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, HB 1586 will hit agents that break the law with stricter penalties.  Bingman was encouraged to see the bill supported by a majority of Senators, 47 to 0.

            “Athlete agents need to have skin in the game,” Bingman said.  “Currently, agents breaking the rules have little more than a slap on the wrist while there have been many cases where an agent has ruined the student athlete’s college career.”

            Bingman said that this legislation could be a model to other states looking to strike out bad agents.

            "We are encouraged by the passage of the Sports Agents Act and the tools it now provides the Attorney General's Office to prosecute criminals who seek to target Oklahoma families and collegiate athletes," Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. "We will continue to work with compliance officials and colleges across the state to find, deter and prosecute unscrupulous agents whenever they violate the law."

            The bill will allow the Secretary of State or the Attorney General to issue subpoenas for any material relevant to the administration of the Uniform Athlete Agents Act.  First infractions will be a misdemeanor subject to fine’s of no less than $10,000 and second infractions will be felonies subject to fines no less than $50,000.  Agents will be required to register a bond with the Secretary of State as a condition to remain eligible to represent athletes.

The athletic directors from OU and OSU gave the following statements after the passage of the bill:

“The changes to the Uniform Agent Act are first and foremost a victory for the young people who participate in athletics at our universities.  We are grateful to Pro Tem Bingman, Representative Thomsen, Attorney General Pruitt and all the legislators of our state government for putting forth and passing a bill that will carry severe consequences for those who would manipulate the system and jeopardize the college careers of many student-athletes.”

-    University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione

 "We thank Sen. Bingman for his leadership on this important issue and we are pleased to see legislation that will restrict the actions of sports agents and their representatives. Through the implementation of these increased restrictions and penalties, the commitment by the Secretary of State’s and Attorney General’s office, and the assistance of athletic departments, the State of Oklahoma should experience greater control over those individuals in the sports agent industry that put the well-being and eligibility of our student-athletes at-risk. Oklahoma State University will continue to work with the Secretary of State and the Attorney General to monitor the actions of all agents and their associates.”

-    Oklahoma State University Athletic Director Mike Holder

 The bill now returns to the House for consideration of Senate amendments.

 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

  • A Newton County, Georgia, woman stopped a burglar in his tracks while he was inside her home, and it’s all on video. >> Read more trending news  She had some choice words for him, too, and he clearly got the message. The man broke into her Covington home on April 14 around 5:30 a.m. He checked out the TV, got on the floor to look under a couch and then got an abrupt welcome. “Hello. You better get the f*** out because the police are on the way. You better get the f*** out,” Camille Hunter said through her camera. Hunter told WSB-TV that she was visiting family members in Gary, Indiana, when she got the alert on her phone. “I was chilling with my friends, and my alert came through on my phone. He went through the back window,” Hunter said. Hunter said the burglar was in her house for about three minutes. “The alarm company got the call. Law enforcement was notified and during that time she accessed her camera,” said Allan Seebaran, who is the public information officer for the Covington Police Department. While police were on the way, the man got away empty-handed. “He was looking around. I don’t know if he wanted to sleep there or what his purposes was,” Hunter said. Covington police are asking anyone who recognizes the man to call them.
  • According to Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, 'the news is broken and we can fix it.” >> Read more trending news  Wales aims to do just that by launching Wikitribune, an ad-free online news publication financed not by advertising, but by a crowdfunding campaign. In a video announcement for the new site, Wales said the digital age and social media have negatively affected traditional journalism, resulting in consumers’ desire for free content and news organizations’ dependence on advertising and “clicks” to meet financial goals, ultimately giving rise to fake, click-bait news. » RELATED: Keeping it real in the era of fake news  Wikitribune, he said, is his solution. The online newspaper, according to Wales, is “by the people and for the people,” and will be written, curated and fact-checked based on standards-based, evidence-backed journalism, by professional journalists and community members. Authors for the no-paywall site will cover a wide range of topics, from U.S. politics to science and technology. Initially, Wikitribune is looking to hire 10 professional journalists to work with community members to fact-check content, Wales told The Verge. While anyone can suggest edits, edits will need to be approved by an official member or volunteer. Readers will also be able to purchase monthly subscriptions, which will allow them to suggest topics they want journalists to cover, for approximately $15. » RELATED: Georgia did not ‘ban Muslim culture,’ as fake-news websites claimed  “I wonder whether it will be able to scale up to make a significant impact on the information sphere -- especially on social networks such as Facebook where the main problems of fake news and misinformation occur,” London School of Economics professor Charlie Beckett told CNN. Beckett is one of many experts who are skeptical about Wikitribune. Joshua Benton, director of Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab, told the BBC that 10 or 20 people aren’t going to “fix the news.” “There's certainly a model for nonprofit news that can be successful ... but I have a hard time seeing this scale up into becoming a massive news organization,” Benton said. Read more about Wikitribune at The Verge.
  • Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter unveiled a plan to create an Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. He was joined by Sen. AJ Griffin (R-Guthrie) and Rep. Tim Downing (R-Purcell), authors of Senate Concurrent Resolution 12, which would create the commission. It calls for a nine-member commission, which will include the Attorney General as Chair, plus:  A licensed practicing medical doctor or doctor of osteopathy (appointed by the Governor). A pharmacist licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy (appointed by the Governor). A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives (appointed by the House Speaker). A dentist licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry (appointed by the House Speaker). A member of the Oklahoma State Senate (appointed by the Senate Pro Tem). A registered nurse licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing (appointed by the Senate Pro Tem). In a statement sent to KRMG, General Hunter said “Oklahoma is currently in the midst of an opioid abuse epidemic that is reaching a crisis level. Over the last three years there have been 2,684 reported opioid related deaths in the state. “This commission will chart a path forward by looking at every avenue to save lives.” The Senate Joint Resolution authored by Griffin and Downing says the commission will “study, evaluate, and make recommendations for any changes to state policy, rules, or statutes to better combat opioid abuse in Oklahoma.” Proposed legislation is expected to be presented to Gov. Fallin and legislative leaders by December 1st.
  • You may notice a spike on your utility bill soon. Public Service Company of Oklahoma says monthly bills to its customers will be rising because of increased fuel costs. The increase will begin next month. The company says a typical customer who uses 1,100 kilowatt hours of electricity per month will see their bills rise by about $6 per month. PSO said Wednesday that fuel costs during the past six months have been higher than predicted.  Utility companies are allowed to charge customers only the actual cost of fuel that's purchased to generate electricity.
  • Researchers are creating an artificial womb to improve care for extremely premature babies - and remarkable animal testing suggests the first-of-its-kind watery incubation so closely mimics mom that it just might work.  Today, premature infants weighing as little as a pound are hooked to ventilators and other machines inside incubators. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is aiming for a gentler solution, to give the tiniest preemies a few more weeks cocooned in a womb-like environment - treating them more like fetuses than newborns in hopes of giving them a better chance of healthy survival.   The researchers created a fluid-filled transparent container to simulate how fetuses float in amniotic fluid inside mom's uterus, and attached it to a mechanical placenta that keeps blood oxygenated.  In early-stage animal testing, extremely premature lambs grew, apparently normally, inside the system for three to four weeks, the team reported Tuesday.   'We start with a tiny fetus that is pretty inert and spends most of its time sleeping. Over four weeks we see that fetus open its eyes, grow wool, breathe, swim,' said Dr. Emily Partridge, a CHOP research fellow and first author of the study published in Nature Communications.