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Do homework before giving

Updated: April 2, 2013, 9:13 PM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

At some point over the past two decades, as athletes' salaries skyrocketed to the level of Fortune 500 CEOs, it became standard practice for any self-respecting defensive back or second baseman to start his own charitable foundation. The foundation became an accessory, every bit as vital as the Bentley and the swim-up bar in the pool behind the mansion. Any agent worth his 4 percent demanded it: limited risk, big tax benefits, possible public-relations boost. What's not to like?

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