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AFTER NCAA MANDATES BAT CHANGES, EASTON FILES $267M SUIT
Published August 10, 1998
Easton Sports filed a $267M lawsuit against the NCAA alleging an "unlawful restraint of trade," according to Ed Guzman of the N.Y. TIMES. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in K.C., came one day after the NCAA recommended that the size and weight specifications of aluminum bats "be altered to reduce their potency." The NCAA's baseball rules committee wants the change in bats to be enacted on January 1, 1999 in time for next season. But Easton wants to delay the rule changes, as it "estimated it would lose $267 million if the rule changes takes place in January." Easton Chair Jim Easton: "If they give us some time to change our bats, we'll make any change, no matter how stupid." Easton said that half of next year's bat orders have been, or are ready to be shipped (N.Y. TIMES, 8/8).