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RECENT NCAA COURT DEFEAT COULD HAVE GREATER IMPLICATIONS

          After last week's decision by a federal judge in Kansas
     City that the NCAA pay $67M in damages to about 1,900
     assistant coaches, one of the NCAA's "primary reasons for
     existence -- providing member schools with a way to make
     rules designed to keep any school from gaining a competitive
     advantage -- is under challenge," according to Asher &
     Horton of the WASHINGTON POST.  Other NCAA "rulings pending"
     include a case concerning the academic standards athletes
     must meet to receive athletic scholarships and to compete as
     freshmen, and another challenges the use of standardized
     test scores as a cutoff for receiving an athletic
     scholarship.  Asher & Horton also write that "in a doomsday
     scenario, there may not be a place for a 1,000-member NCAA
     as it exists today," but lawyers say the "oft-discussed"
     formation of a super conference comprising schools with the
     top 50 to 60 athletic programs "would face the same legal
     scrutiny the NCAA does" (WASHINGTON POST, 5/12).  In
     Hartford, Ken Davis writes that the "actual loss" by the
     NCAA "may not be measured in dollars and cents, but in a
     loss of credibility and authority" (HARTFORD COURANT, 5/12).

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