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College Esports Growing, But Treatment By Athletic Departments Still A Question

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 26 / 17

Eight teams are competing for the "League of Legends" College Championship throughout the weekend at the North America LCS Arena in Santa Monica, Calif., which is "double the amount of teams included in the first three years of this competition," according to Kieran Darcy of ESPN.com. The growth is...

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Cal AD Says 30-Sport Model "Not Sustainable"

The numbers speak for themselves. Proud of you, always. #NationalStudentAthleteDay pic.twitter.com/XI8hGfdIq5 — Cal Athletics (@CalAthletics) April 6, 2017 Cal AD Mike Williams said the athletic department's 30-sport model is "not sustainable" as it currently exists, accor ...

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Wichita State Accepts AAC Invitation

After a unanimous vote by AAC members Friday, Wichita State "announced it would accept" the conference's invitation and "leave the Missouri Valley Conference, where the Shockers have been members" since '45, according to Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com. WSU will "join the AAC in all sports except fo ...

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Big Ten Scaling Back Friday Football Plans

The Big Ten "plans to scale back its plans for Friday night football games moving forward after hearing from a long list of parties affected by the change," according to Dan Murphy of ESPN.com. The conference last fall announced that its TV partners "would start to broadcast games on Friday nights ...

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Univ. At Buffalo Cuts Four Sports

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Mizzou Basketball Season-Ticket Sales Surge

Two weeks into its men's basketball ticket sales drive, spearheaded by a partnership with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions , Missouri has "sold 1,503 renewals or new season tickets through the close of business" last Friday, according Tod Palmer of the K.C. STAR. The hiring of Cuonzo Martin from Cal ...

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Pitino, Calipari Each Receive $7M In Compensation

College basketball has two coaches earning more than $7M in the same season for the "first time since USA Today Sports began tracking coaches compensation," as Louisville's Rick Pitino and Kentucky's John Calipari each topped $7.4M, according to Steve Berkowitz of USA TODAY. The annual survey of th ...

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Sources: Oklahoma State Exploring AD-In-Waiting

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Football Drives Ohio State Revenue

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College Hockey Struggling To Grow Despite Talent Glut

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Pitt Officially Introduces New AD Heather Lyke

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