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NCAA President Mark Emmert said that he "agreed Saturday morning to form a council" of 10 ADs "who would meet regularly with him and his senior staff, starting in July," according to Rachel Bachman of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The idea is "to leave fewer decisions about things like recruiting rules in the hands of busy college presidents and more with the athletic directors who work with coaches and their assistants." The agreement "came during Emmert's visit" to Orlando to speak to the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. Emmert said, "It's clear right now where the association has gone, it's pushed the pendulum too far in one direction. And it really has cut athletic directors out of the national discussion." Emmert's "acknowledgment Saturday that NCAA governance had strayed too far from athletic directors came as he and the NCAA face mounting criticism for everything from a top-down management style to upheaval in the NCAA's enforcement division as detailed" in an SI story this week. Emmert said he "skimmed" the story. Emmert said that the "derisive characterization" of him by "unnamed NCAA staff members as 'King of the Press Conference' in the SI story was 'funny.'" He added the NCAA's BOD "has asked me to be more open and engaged with the media and the public on NCAA issues. I don't apologize for that" (WSJ.com, 6/15).
Florida Gulf Coast Univ.'s run to the NCAA men's basketball Sweet 16 left cash registers at school stores "ringing at a record pace," but the "run on merchandise didn’t do much to pad FGCU’s budget," according to a front-page piece by Dave Breitenstein of the Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS. The run "captivated a national audience, and the Eagles were so hot new-found fans waited more than an hour for the opportunity to purchase T-shirts." But a report just issued to FGCU indicated that it will "only collect about $15,000 in royalties from sales of officially licensed merchandise during the first quarter of 2013." FGCU "receives an 8 percent royalty on the wholesale price -- not retail price," and "splits that revenue with Licensing Resource Group." Royalties from Jan. 1-March 31 "totaled $22,017." The school received about $5,298 "in royalties from the same period in 2012." FGCU Business Operations Dir Loren Prive said, "It doesn’t look huge, but when you compare it to last year, it’s much better." Many of FGCU's peer institutions within the state and Atlantic Sun Conference "collect 10 percent royalties." Price said that FGCU "considered moving toward a 10 percent royalty rate, but settled on 8 percent" (Ft. Myers NEWS-PRESS, 6/16).FLORIDA GULF COAST UNIV. ROYALTY COLLECTIONSTIME FRAMEAMOUNTQ1 '12$5,298Q2 '12$5,429Q3 '12$13,278Q4 '12$8,168Q1 '13$22,017