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BAT POWER: NCAA VOTES TO DELAY ALUMINUM BAT SPECIFICATIONS
Published August 13, 1998
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).