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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 28 / 14

Last night's 11:00pm ET edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" led with highlights of Abilene Christian-Georgia St., followed by USC CB Josh Shaw admitting he lied about his story of saving his drowning nephew, and four MLB game reports. ESPN reported on the U.S. Open 45 minutes into the broadcast. Last...

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UNCC Looks For Tix Sales Boost In Second Year

The UNC-Charlotte football team is entering its second year with PSLs renewed at a 98% rate, but AD Judy Rose indicated that season-ticket sales "are about 60 percent of 2013," according to David Scott of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The team averaged 15,541 fans for its inaugural season in the 15,3 ...

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08/25/14
Lawyers For O'Bannon Plaintiffs Seeking $52.4M

Lawyers for the Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs are seeking $52.4M in "attorneys' fees and recoverable costs from the NCAA due to their recent victory in the five-year-old case," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. The O'Bannon plaintiffs "filed the motion late Friday night as the appeals process gets ...

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08/22/14
SEC Schools Aim To Improve In-Game Experience

The SEC on Wednesday announced that it is "taking steps to improve the 'fan experience' at games this season," as at least 12 of the 14 conference members are trying to "improve concessions with more areas and will offer ordering with smart phones and expanded menus," according to David Jones of FLO ...

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08/22/14
UW To Sell Alcohol In New SRO Section

Univ. of Washington football fans "will be able to buy alcohol at a new standing-room-only section of Husky Stadium this season," according to Nick Eaton of SEATTLEPI.com. Beer and wine will be available before and during games "at the recently renovated stadium’s new 'Off-Leash Deck.'" T ...

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08/21/14
Study: Most FBS Schools Lose Money On Sports

Expenses "exceeded revenue at all but 20 schools" in the FBS, with an average loss of $2.3M among the Power Five conferences, according to an NCAA study of '13 budgets cited by Mike Herndon of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. The average loss "at all other FBS schools" was $17.6M. The report "did not speci ...

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08/21/14
College Facility Notes

In West Palm Beach, Brian Biggane reported the Florida Atlantic BOT yesterday voted to "name the field at the FAU stadium after Howard Schnellenberger, the legendary coach who founded the program and led the effort to build the stadium." FAU on Sept. 13 will "host a ceremony before the home opener a ...

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08/20/14
Maryland Adds Lifetime Scholarships For Athletes

The Univ. of Maryland "continued to remodel its athletic future Tuesday, announcing it will guarantee lifetime scholarships for athletes in revenue and non-revenue sports," according to Roman Stubbs of the WASHINGTON POST. UM athletes "were previously offered one-year financial agreements subject to ...

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08/20/14
Hawaii Football Tickets At Seven-Year Low

Season-ticket sales for Univ. of Hawaii football "are running 2,000 below last year, and are at a seven year-low," according to Matt Tuohy of the PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS. UH AD Ben Jay said that 16,055 full season-tickets and 148 mini-packs that include four football games and six volleyball games "ha ...

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08/20/14
WVU Season-Ticket Sales Down 10%

In Pittsburgh, Bob Cohn reports after a 4-8 season in '13, West Virginia has sold "about 4,000 fewer full season tickets" for football compared to the same period last year. WVU last year "sold 33,623 season tickets," but with this year's home opener "about 2 1/2 weeks away, 29,419 have been sold." ...

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08/19/14
Univ. Of Hawaii Considering Cutting Football?

Hawaii AD Ben Jay early yesterday told the school's Board of Regents there was a "very real possibility of football going away," but later clarified his comments, saying he was "in no way" indicating cuts were under consideration, according to Ferd Lewis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. Jay in ...

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