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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 01 / 15

$45M  – The amount Rivers Casino has contributed, to date, to the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County for Consol Energy Center construction expenses, following the latest payment of $4.6M. By the time its agreement with SEA concludes in '38,...

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01/27/15
UNC, Wake Schedule Non-Conference Games

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01/27/15
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The Univ. Of Houston has poured millions into construction of new athletic facilities and major upgrades to others aimed at what AD Mack Rhoades calls "national relevancy," but to get there "won't be cheap," according to Joseph Duarte of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. When the time comes, UH "wants to be re ...

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01/26/15
Michigan's Harbaugh Ensured Scheduled Raises

The Univ. of Michigan's seven-year contract with football coach Jim Harbaugh "ensures him a raise" to more than $6M annually after his fifth season and an evaluation by school officials to "keep his pay in line with market value," according to Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com. Harbaugh "is to earn" $5M in ...

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01/23/15
Colleges Give Cost-Of-Attendance Stipends

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01/21/15
Mizzou, Nebraska Will Pay Cost-Of-Attendance

Missouri AD Mike Alden yesterday confirmed that the school "will indeed pay its scholarship athletes the additional cost of attendance ," according to Dave Matter of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH. Alden said that for MU athletes, the estimated cost-of-attendance figure the athletics department "will ...

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01/20/15
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01/20/15
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01/20/15
Q&A With New Fresno State AD Jim Bartko

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Power Five Pass Cost-Of-Attendance Measure

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