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  • BAT POWER: NCAA VOTES TO DELAY ALUMINUM BAT SPECIFICATIONS

              The NCAA's Exec Committee voted yesterday to "delay
         implementation of its new aluminum bat specifications, a
         move that probably will reduce the amount of damages sought
         by bat maker Easton Sports," according to Steve Rock of the
         K.C. STAR.  NCAA officials said Easton's $267M lawsuit
         claiming the bat alteration is an illegal restraint of
         trade, "was not a major deciding factor" in the decision to
         delay specifications "for one baseball season."  Rock writes
         that "one result, though, may be that Easton lops a healthy
         chunk of change off of its lawsuit."  David Ettinger, one of
         Easton's attorneys, said, "Certainly, it's good news to a
         degree for Easton. ... But I think the bulk of our damages
         are still going to be there" (K.C. STAR, 8/13).  Easton
         Chair Jim Easton said he was "encouraged" by the decision to
         delay the enforcement of the new bat performance standard
         from January 1, 1999 to August 1, 1999.  But he added,
         "Until the NCAA provides us with the specific details and a
         timeline on how they intend to test bat performance, we are
         not prepared to discuss the status of our lawsuit" (Easton). 
                                    
    

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