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  • ACC Brings Events Back To N.C., Extends Agreements To Compensate For Lost Year

    ACC championship events are returning to North Carolina and contracts with venues that had multiyear agreements with the conference were "extended a year to compensate for games that were relocated" following the HB2 drama, according to a front-page piece by Peralta & Cioffi of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The ACC’s contract for the football title game at Bank of America Stadium now runs through '20. Other championship events returning to the state include women’s basketball, baseball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s and women’s golf, and men’s and women’s tennis during the '17-18 academic year, and the ACC women’s soccer championship "will follow suit" in November '18 (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/20). In Charlotte, Jen Wilson noted the ACC Football Championship has been a "sellout in three of its past six years" in Charlotte. The move to bring events back to North Carolina "follows a similar decision by the NCAA" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/19). In Orlando, Matt Murschel noted Camping World Stadium hosted last season's football title game after ACC officials "voted to relocate the league's championship events" from North Carolina (ORLANDOSENTINEL.com, 4/19). The Charlotte Observer's editorial cartoon today focused on decisions by the NBA, NCAA and ACC to return events to North Carolina after a new, divisive bathroom bill was passed (THE DAILY).

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  • Utah AD Chris Hill Still Enjoying Role After 30 Years, Ready For Big Stadium Renovation

    Utah AD Chris Hill said that he still gets "pleasure from the challenges of his role, which has expanded greatly since he took it on three decades ago," according to Kyle Goon of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. Hill said that he is "still feeling fresh." Hill: "Let's be honest: Anybody in their 60s, it'd be silly not to think about (retirement). But it's fun to come to work every day. It's fun to have these type of challenges." Goon notes the biggest item on Hill's plate is the "overhaul of the South End Zone building at Rice-Eccles Stadium." Hill estimates it will be the "most expensive project" since at least the '98 renovation, and "probably for decades to come." The feasibility study announced last month was a "step to show the university is approaching expansion with professionalism in mind." Hill acknowledged that the university has yet to "hire a firm to run the study." Utah also has "no concrete goal as to how many seats to add." But Hill acknowledged that "many fans want to see at least 50,000 seats." The project "won't include state or university dollars; Hill intends for it to be funded through athletics." Meanwhile, Utah will "pursue a replacement for the aging scoreboard/videoboard that hangs in the middle" of Huntsman Center. They will look to "bring in a board that can accommodate high-definition video and is technically up to date." Hill said that Utah's new multimedia rights deal with Learfield, which "should be finalized this month, will pay half" of the estimated $4M cost. It could be "installed, optimistically, by next season" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 4/20).

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