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  • NCAA CONVENTION TO TACKLE A NUMBER OF ISSUES

              The NCAA annual convention begins today in Nashville
         with two main issues on the agenda, "completing a
         restructuring of the organization's system of governance and
         voting on a number of issues concerning amateurism,"
         according to David Nakamura of the WASHINGTON POST.  Among
         issues to be discussed at the four day conference include
         whether athletes should be able to work during the year
         while on athletic scholarships; whether "elite" athletes
         should be allowed to borrow money against future potential
         earnings as a professional to buy anything they want
         (currently, they can borrow only to purchase disabling-
         injury insurance); and whether to keep in place a rule that
         allows men's basketball players to declare themselves
         eligible for the NBA draft and return to school within 30
         days if they do not like their draft position and have not
         signed with an agent (WASHINGTON POST, 1/11).
              NCAA TAKES ON USA TODAY: The NCAA has formally
         contacted USA Today and other publications informing them
         that unless they stop publishing ads for gambling tip
         services they will not be issued credentials to cover the
         Final Four of the NCAA men's and women's basketball
         tournaments, according to Bonnie DeSimone of the CHICAGO
         TRIBUNE.  A letter advising media outlets of the policy will
         be included in the credentials applications.  NCAA Exec Dir
         Cedric Dempsey: "Is this (measure) symbolic?  Yes.  But it
         helps change consciousness" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/12).  USA
         Today said they will have a response soon, and Paul Bowker,
         President of AP Sports Editors, noted that commercial speech
         is protected by the First Amendment (L.A. TIMES, 1/12).
    
    

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