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         In the latest issue of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, Tim Layden
    examines the financial burden most bowl games create for their
    schools.  "Many bowl games invite schools in much the same way
    Don Corleone invited wedding guests into his office.  He does you
    a favor.  You do him a favor."  Layden explains the difficulty
    schools have with bowl agreements require that a huge number of
    tickets be sold.  For example, N.C. State was required to sell
    15,000 tickets to last year's Hall of Fame bowl, and when it
    failed, it absorbed the remaining 11,000 at $30 a piece.  Many
    teams are cutting costs by eliminating bands from bowl trips.
    According to Layden, the system only makes sense for teams such
    as Notre Dame or Miami, which aren't required to share a large
    percentage of bowl money with fellow conference members and are
    almost guaranteed a spot on New Year's Day every year.  Writes
    Layden, "Major bowls, no revenue sharing: the path to financial
    security."  Furthermore, with all the problems the bowl system
    creates, there is still a good chance a national champion will
    not be crowned at the end of the season.  Who are the bowls good
    for?  "Vanderbilt, Northwestern and Oregon State like bowls
    because through revenue sharing, they get money from bowls
    without the hassle of actually traveling to and playing in them."
    Vanderbilt made more than $350,000 after a 4-7 record in 1993,
    while Tennessee, a participant in the '93 Hall of Fame Bowl lost
    $6,273 after expenses (SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, 12/26-1/2 issue).

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         The Pac-10 has invited the University of Colorado to join
    their conference.  CU's Board of Regents will hold a special
    briefing today in Boulder to consider the invitation.  This
    invitation comes as "a surprise on a couple of counts":  1)
    Colorado is part of the Big-8, and expected to be a large part of
    the newly created Big 12;   2) Colorado President Judith Albino
    is a graduate of Texas, and pushed hard for Texas to be a part
    "reconstituted Big Eight with the Southwest Conference members."
    Pac-10 officials admitted they might not stop at Colorado, and
    may try to lure one more school to bring the conference to 12.
    Pac-10 Assistant Commissioner Jim Muldron said that Texas has an
    open initiation to join their conference.  Albino said the school
    would look at a number of factors before deciding "within a week
    or so" on a decision (Bud Withers, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER,

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         The Orange Bowl Committee is trying to bring the Pigskin
    Classic to the Orange Bowl stadium in '96.  The Classic is one of
    two preseason football games run by the Nat'l Association of
    Collegiate Directors of Athletics and sanctioned by the NCAA.
    The Classic has been sponsored by Disneyland and played in
    Anaheim since the game began in '90, but Disney dropped out after
    attendance "plummeted to an all-time low" of 28,513 this year.
    Also bidding for the game was the Kickoff Classic at the
    Meadowlands, which wants to merge the two games beginning in '96.
    The OBC bid is contingent on getting a sponsor and network TV
    commitment (Susan Miller Degnan, MIAMI HERALD, 12/22).

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