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JUDGE'S RULING INCREASES NCAA COACHES PAYOUT BY ANOTHER $7M

          U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil has added "another"
     $7M "or so to the NCAA's crippling restricted-earnings
     verdict," according to Steve Rock of the K.C. STAR.  Ruling
     on "post-trial motions," Vratil granted the plaintiffs'
     request for an "inflation adjustment" that adds nearly $5M
     to the total verdict.  That, combined with the interest
     rates which "are growing at about" $300,000 a month, puts
     the NCAA total at more than $74M it owes to around 2,000
     coaches in the suit.  Vratil "also rejected more than 100
     pages of the NCAA's post-trial motions, including one for a
     new trial."  The NCAA will now likely appeal to the 10th
     Circuit Court of Appeals in CO.  A settlement seems
     "unlikely," as lawyers for the coaches say they "haven't
     heard" from the NCAA in "months" (K.C. STAR, 1/17).

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