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NCAA COST-CUTTING BEGINS: HOST CITIES' EXPENSES SLASHED

          The NCAA's "top brass, specifically the Executive
     Committee," meets this week in Chicago and on the agenda
     will be "budget discussions and potential cost-cutting
     measures, the lingering effects of a legal bill that could
     exceed" $70M, the product of the NCAA's illegal "restricted-
     earnings" rule, according to Steve Rock of the K.C. STAR. 
     The "new NCAA could wind up being a far cry" from today's
     organization, including fewer "resort-type settings for
     committee meetings," less money spent on entertainment
     functions and "maybe even no private jet."  The K.C. STAR
     obtained documents showing that "many" of the areas targeted
     for possible cuts by the NCAA are "rather mundane."  But
     there are others which "have been the source of criticism
     for years."  Critics have "long complained" that NCAA
     committees meet in extravagant places, locales inconsistent
     with the NCAA's mission as a non-profit organization billed
     as educational in nature" (K.C. STAR, 8/11).
          LOCAL LEVEL: In San Antonio, Travis Poling reported
     that the NCAA has "slashed" the amount of money Final Four
     host cities can spend to $500,000, including money from
     ticket-package sales to local corporations and civic
     boosters.  Last year, San Antonio hosted the men's Final
     Four with a budget of $1.2M.  The new rules are intended to
     "help protect the investment of the NCAA's national
     corporate sponsors," by restricting the number of local
     firms that can claim any support of the event.  The rules
     are also meant to "decrease the burden" of host cities that
     have trouble raising money (EXPRESS-NEWS, 8/10).  In St.
     Pete, Kelly Ryan reported that Tampa's budget for the '99
     Final Four already exceeds $500,000, but since the events
     "straddle two counties," local organizers will deal with
     three cities, rather than one (ST. PETE TIMES, 8/10). 
          
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