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Univ. Of Louisville Refunds Men's Basketball Season-Ticket Holders After Pitino, Jurich Fired

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 11 / 20 / 17

The Univ. of Louisville recently "returned $419,166" to men's basketball season-ticket holders who "sought refunds following the firings" of former coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich, according to Tim Sullivan of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. UL has generated $116M "more in men's basketball ...

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Duke Football Attendance Still Struggling

Despite the Duke football team's "improved play on the field over the previous five seasons" and Wallace Wade Stadium's three-year, $100M renovation, home crowds this year "remain among the ACC’s worst," according to Steve Wiseman of the Durham HERALD-SUN. Duke drew 30,477 for its 60-7 se ...

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WSU's Investment In Football Sees Payoffs

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Ohio Stadium Adjusts Beer Sale Policies

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Virginia AD Littlepage Announces Retirement

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NCAA Issues RFP For Help Evaluating Role In Esports

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NCAA President Mark Emmert this week is "traveling to Tokyo to consult with government officials, sports industry leaders and at least 20 university presidents about Japan’s desire to form its own collegiate athletics association," according to Zach Schonbrun of the N.Y. TIMES. Japanese colleg ...

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Univ. Of Illinois Ends Use Of "War Chant" Music

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