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Prosecutors, Defense Attorneys In Talks To End Ecclestone Trial

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Prosecutors and attorneys for  Bernie Ecclestone are "in talks about a possible deal to end" the F1 CEO's bribery trial in Germany. His defense team today called for "proceedings to be closed, citing a lack of evidence that Ecclestone was criminally responsible and asserting that the proc...

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SMU this football season will "begin selling beer and wine" at Ford Stadium, and with athletic departments "getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow," accord ...

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06/20/14
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NCAA President Mark Emmert on Thursday took the witness stand in the Ed O'Bannon trial and said that college sports "would be fatally flawed if players were allowed to receive a portion of the billions of dollars in basketball and football television revenues now flowing into big conferences an ...

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06/20/14
Big 12's Bowlsby Gets Two-Year Extension

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has "received a two-year contract extension" through June '19, according to Chuck Carlton of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The extension was approved by the Big 12 BOD and "finalized following the conference’s spring meetings last month." Financial terms were not ava ...

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06/20/14
West Virginia Could Break Even For Current FY

West Virginia AD Oliver Luck expects the athletic department to "essentially break even" when the current FY ends at the end of the month, according to Dave Hickman of the CHARLESTON GAZETTE. When WVU left the Big East for the Big 12 two years ago, Luck admitted that times "would be tough ...

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06/20/14
Jim Delany Defends Big Ten's Eastward Expansion

Maryland and Rutgers officially join the Big Ten on July 1, and the addition of the schools is both the “boldest and most divisive initiative” of Commissioner Jim Delany’s 25-year tenure, according to Stewart Mandel of SI. The expansion could “yield lucrative cable subscriber ...

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06/19/14
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GOGAMECOCKS.com's David Cloninger reported the statue of former South Carolina RB George Rogers that "will grace a new plaza" outside Williams-Brice Stadium is "slowly coming to life." South Carolina AD Ray Tanner on Friday said, "We’re vetting it out with sculptors at this point, and we proje ...

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NCAA Dealt Blow In O'Bannon Trial

The NCAA's plan for the Ed O'Bannon trial yesterday was "to give Judge Claudia Wilken a detailed look at an ideal combination of athletics and academics" at the Univ. of Texas, according to Lester Munson of ESPN.com. But as UT women's AD Christine Plonsky described "in the loftiest of terms how Texa ...

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06/18/14
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