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FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS THE RELEASE OF FINANCIAL RECORDS
Published May 30, 1996
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered each of the 301 NCAA Division I schools to turn over financial information needed in an antitrust lawsuit the NCAA lost last year, according to the K.C. STAR. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil ruled in May '95 in favor of assistant coaches whose earnings had been restricted to $16,000 a year by an NCAA rule. The restriction has since been suspended and Vratil's ruling appealed, but since then, the coaches have tried unsuccessfully to get financial information from the NCAA to prepare for the damages part of the trial. Vratil "castigated" the NCAA for defying court orders to produce the information, and has ordered each Division I school to submit info to the coaches' lawyers by July 5. If the information is not received, a fine of $100 a day will be imposed, effective July 6, on the NCAA and its lawyers for each failure to comply (John Dauner, K.C. STAR, 5/30).