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WILL BLACK COACHES ASSOCIATION BE OUT REVENUE IF NO GAME?

          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).

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