Could you explain how the "runners" operate? Are there "good" and ethical agents that use runners, or are most of the agents that use runners a bit shady? Are runners paid by commission only, or are they given a base salary and performance based bonuses

A "runner" can be anyone from a parent of a player you are recruiting to someone an agent uses to buffer himself from legal obligations. The problems most states have are defining "runners" in a legal sense and putting parameters on their duties. Yes, certainly there are ethical agents and ethical ways to use runners. Runners are paid commission or a flat fee and this must be disclosed in writing to the player you are recruiting exactly what you are paying the runner.

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