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WILL BLACK COACHES ASSOCIATION BE OUT REVENUE IF NO GAME?
Published August 29, 2000
Although negotiations will continue, it "appears highly unlikely" that the Black Coaches Association (BCA) game between VA Tech and GA Tech -- which was postponed due to a thunderstorm Sunday night in Blacksburg, VA -- will be played, according to Mike Harris of the RICHMOND TIMES- DISPATCH. VA Tech is "willing to play the game later," but GA Tech "does not want to play." Rick Giles, President of The Gazelle Group, the BCA game's NJ-based promoter, said that the organization "had no insurance to cover its losses in the event of the game's cancellation." Giles said that the BCA "expected to make" $300,000, but he "couldn't estimate the potential loss if the game isn't played" (TIMES-DISPATCH, 8/29). In VA, King & Bogaczyk write that the BCA, ESPN and VA Tech "confirmed their commitments" to play the game Friday, December 1, at VA Tech. Giles said that he "spent much" of Monday on the phone with the NCAA, from which the BCA "will have to be granted a waiver" to have the Friday night game televised by either ESPN or ESPN2. Giles: "The bylaws evidently say a TV game on Friday must be completed by 7 p.m. Obviously, we prefer to play the game in primetime" (ROANOKE TIMES, 8/29). In Atlanta, Norman Arey writes that colleges have "stayed away" from Friday games in the past because of conflict with high school games (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 8/29).