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NCAA NOTES: GRIDIRON GAMES BOOST S.A.; ACC EXPANSION?

          A recent study indicates that two college football
     games at the Alamodome generated $46.6M "in direct and
     indirect spending to the local economy" of San Antonio,
     according to Tim Griffin of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. 
     UTSA Tourism Research Center conducted the study which
     claims that "sellout crowds for the Big 12 Championship game
     and the Sylvania Alamo Bowl attracted more than 89,000 out-
     of-town visitors to San Antonio and a record combined
     spending total from the two events."  The study showed that
     bowl-game visitors spent $9.6M directly, while the combined
     direct and indirect impact was $23.2M.  Ticket revenues,
     membership fees and expenses from the universities and TV
     network in producing the event brought in an "extra" $3.6M. 
     The Big 12 Championship game had a total economic impact of
     $19.8M.  Meanwhile, "about" 17% of spectators for both games
     came from the outside of TX and averaged an overnight stay
     of "4.35 days for the Alamo Bowl, compared to 2.98 days for
     the Big 12 championship" (EXPRESS-NEWS, 7/22).
          ACC -- EXPANSION, BOWLS, DISNEY: In FL, Bob Thomas
     reports that expansion is "no longer a burning issue" around
     the ACC.  ACC Commissioner John Swofford: "(Expansion talk)
     is still on the stove.  It's just on the back burner." 
     Thomas adds in an attempt to "bring an ACC flavor" to FL,
     the league announced that "men's and women's golf, lacrosse,
     tennis and track & field championships will be contested" at
     Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando from April
     19-22, 2001 (TIMES-UNION, 7/24)....In Charlotte, Gregg Doyel
     reports that there "has been talk among executives at the
     MicronPC Bowl of moving the game to Charlotte."  The move
     would be an attempt to boost the game's attendance which
     "has suffered" in Ft. Lauderdale (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/24). 
     
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