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ADIDAS OFFICIAL CLAIMS EXEC WITH NCAA TIES MADE SECRET OFFER

          adidas Dir of Sports Marketing Robert Erb testified
     Wednesday that a Collegiate Licensing Co. exec with ties to
     the NCAA "discretely offered to help the shoe company
     circumvent on-going NCAA uniform compliance problems if
     adidas would participate in the NCAA licensing program -- a
     program adidas wasn't interested in," according to Steve
     Rock of the K.C. STAR.  Erb: "He didn't physically
     intimidate me.  It was like `You scratch my back, I'll
     scratch yours.'"  Erb's testimony came during the third day
     of a preliminary injunction hearing in which adidas is
     challenging an NCAA rule limiting the use of commercial
     logos on athletes' uniforms to no more than 2 1/4 square
     inches. According to testimony, the NCAA "has rejected
     scores of adidas uniforms because some part of the design
     element -- and not necessarily the adidas logo -- contains
     three stripes."  The NCAA countered Erb's testimony
     regarding his conversations with the CLC exec by saying that
     Erb made no written account of it.  When adidas attorneys at
     one point "feared testimony was involving trade secrets,"
     they tried to get the courtroom cleared of people not
     involved with the case, but to no avail.  The hearing is now
     in recess until Tuesday afternoon (K.C. STAR, 2/4).

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