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NCAA ANNOUNCES APPEAL INTENT; SCHOOLS TO BE HURT BY VERDICT?

          The NCAA formally announced yesterday that it "will
     appeal the multimillion-dollar verdict levied against it by a
     federal jury" in Kansas City, KS, according to Steve Rock of
     the K.C. STAR.  The jury awarded $22.3M in damages to coaches
     effected by the NCAA's restricted-earnings rule.  The damages
     were automatically tripled, bringing the total to $67M.  The
     appeal means the NCAA "may have to post bond" of around $1M,
     and it will "continue paying at least two outside legal
     firms," one from IL and one from MI.  Rock writes the "whole
     process could drag on for a year, perhaps longer."  In terms
     of a possible settlement before the jury trial, NCAA General
     Counsel Elsa Cole said the organization had told a mediator
     to go as high as $18M, while plaintiffs were seeking around
     $40M.  Rock adds that "some members of the NCAA family are
     wondering how much longer the case will last."  OK State
     basketball coach Eddie Sutton: "I don't think the NCAA can
     win.  Let's move on" (K.C. STAR, 5/8).  The case now goes to
     the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Denver
     where a three-judge panel or an entire court will render a
     decision.  Experts say that an appeal of that decision to the
     Supreme Court is also probable (USA TODAY, 5/8).  
          WHO WILL PAY? In San Antonio, Clifford Broyles writes
     there is "no indication" how the NCAA plans to "come up with
     the money, but speculation has centered on taking money from
     the $140 million distributed annually from championship
     events.  Some have said it could mean that schools will get
     about $200,000 less from NCAA coffers than usual.  That's a
     significant blow to any budget, crippling to some" (EXPRESS-
     NEWS, 5/8).  In Dallas, Cathy Harasta writes on the decision
     under the header, "NCAA Lawsuit Losses Punish Member
     Institutions The Most" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/8).

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