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DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? NCAA SUED OVER ANTITRUST CLAIM

          NJ-based The Gazelle Group, Cincinnati-based Worldwide
     Basketball & Sport Tours, VA-based Sports Promotions,
     Milwaukee-based Sport Tours Int'l and NJ-based The Black
     Coaches Association have filed suit in U.S. District Court
     in Columbus, OH, against the NCAA for being in violation of
     federal antitrust laws -- restraint of trade and
     monopolization -- as well as other anticompetitive
     practices.  The suit claims that the NCAA, Division I-A
     conferences and commissioners in particular, have imposed
     anticompetitive rules and restrictions to maintain a
     monopoly over Division I college basketball events.  The
     NCAA Division I Management Council stated that it will
     eliminate preseason certified basketball events and will not
     recognize tournament contracts signed after July 25, 2000. 
     The immediate effect of the Management Council's act has
     been what the plaintiffs call an inability of the plaintiffs
     to obtain future contracts for sponsors, venues and Division
     I colleges in their events (The Gazelle Group).

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