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In Expected Move, Judge Rules Against N.J.'s Sports Gambling Bid

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U.S. District Court Judge Michael Shipp on Friday night ruled that the state of New Jersey "cannot partially lift a prohibition on sports betting in an effort to boost the state’s struggling horse racing and casino industries." The decision "was the expected outcome, since the judg...

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"OTL" Examines College Alcohol Sales

The issue of selling alcohol at college football games was examined on ESPN's "OTL," as Darren Rovell said "more than 30 schools are selling alcohol in stadiums this season and the number keeps growing." Some schools "aren't willing to take the risk," with the SEC prohibiting alcohol sales and adver ...

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Rutgers Used Private Funds For Flood Extension

Rutgers Univ. last month signed football coach Kyle Flood to a two-year extension, and RU President Robert Barchi this week said that the reason school officials sought private funding to extend Flood "was motivated by interests to lure future prospects," according to Keith Sargeant of the Newark ST ...

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Emmert Lays Out Wishes For Power Five

NCAA President Mark Emmert yesterday said that the Power Five conferences should "prioritize the establishment of guaranteed scholarships, better insurance for student-athletes, new rules for dealing with agents and better concussion protocols," according to Pat Eaton-Robb of the AP. Emmert said tha ...

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MSU AD Addresses Student Attendance Woes

Michigan State Univ. AD Mark Hollis said that the issue of "declining student section attendance at Spartan Stadium has been one of concern for at least three years," according to Kyle Austin of MILIVE.com. But the empty seats at Saturday's home win against Nebraska "jump-started the discussion." Ho ...

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Michigan AD Addresses Divide With Student Body

Univ. of Michigan AD Dave Brandon said he believes the "disconnect" with the school's student body "began two seasons ago" after his decision to implement general admission seating for football games, according to Mark Snyder of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. After UM students last week called for Brandon ...

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Michigan AD Stands By Football Coach

Michigan AD Dave Brandon "absolved" coach Brady Hoke and his coaching staff, but "blamed a breakdown in communication of the medical staff for allowing" QB Shane Morris, later diagnosed with a concussion, back into Saturday's game against Minnesota, according to Angelique Chengelis of the DETROIT NE ...

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College Football Attendance Down Slightly

Attendance for FBS games through five weeks of the '14 season is down 1% "compared to this point" last season and down nearly 7% "from three years ago," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. The average FBS home crowd this season is 44,997, a figure that is down from 45,596 through five weeks i ...

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Schools Benefiting From Conference Distributions

Even after factoring in "realignment-related expenses such as travel," many schools that have switched conferences in recent years "will have millions of dollars to spend," according to Paula Lavigne of ESPN.com. Perhaps no other school "has been questioned as much about whether it negotiated the be ...

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Tennessee Sees Budget Surplus For FY '13-14

The Univ. of Tennessee athletic department "claimed a budget surplus" of $60,880 for FY '13-14 just two years after operating on a deficit of nearly $4M, and one year after needing $14.2M in "university reinvenstment to stay in the black," according to Dustin Dopirak of the KNOXVILLE NEWS SENTINEL. ...

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UM President Disappointed In Handling Of QB Situation

Univ. of Michigan President Mark Schlissel issued a statement yesterday saying that he was "extremely disappointed" in the handling of QB Shane Morris' head injury on Saturday, but he "avoided any reference to the growing calls for the firing" of UM AD Dave Brandon and football coach Brady Hoke, acc ...

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