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  • CLOSING ARGUMENTS EXPECTED TODAY IN "HISTORIC" NCAA CASE

              Prosecution and defense lawyers are "expected to make
         closing arguments today in the years-long battle between the
         NCAA and former 'restricted earnings' coaches," according to
         Steve Rock of the K.C. STAR.  They will then "hand the case
         over to the jury, which will determine how much money the
         NCAA owes in damages."  The suit was filed in '93 over
         whether an NCAA restricted-earnings rule, which limited the
         salaries of lower-end coaches to $16,000-a-year, was legal. 
         A U.S. District Judge ruled in '95 that the rule was a
         violation of antitrust laws and that "set the stage for the
         damage phase."  The plaintiffs argue the NCAA owes more than
         1,900 coaches $30M, while the NCAA's defense attorneys "have
         argued it owes fewer than 60 coaches less than $900,000." 
         Under federal laws, all damage amounts awarded by the jury
         will be tripled, which could bring the plaintiffs' damages
         close to $100M.  Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen: "That would
         be very injurious to every NCAA program" (K.C. STAR, 4/28)
    
    

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