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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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02/22/17
LSU Athletics Turns $12M Profit In '15-16

LSU's athletic department spent $129.8M and made $141.6M in the '15-16 academic year, "making a profit" of nearly $12M that is "similar" to the '14-15 figure, according to Ross Dellenger of the Baton Rouge ADVOCATE. LSU football made $85M in '15-16, a profit of more than $55M. Football was "one ...

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02/21/17
Sources: BC Wasn't Going To Renew Bates' Contract

Boston College AD Brad Bates yesterday resigned with plans to leave at the end of the school year, knowing that his contract "expires in October and was not going to be renewed," according to sources cited by Rich Thompson of the BOSTON HERALD. BC will "hire an executive search firm" to ...

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02/21/17
Kentucky Increases Price For Football Season Tickets

The Univ. of Kentucky for the first time since '10 is "significantly increasing football season-ticket prices," according to Jon Hale of the Louisville COURIER-JOURNAL. UK's season-ticket packages are "increasing by approximately $4 per game and $30 per package." The $30-per-package increase me ...

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02/21/17
Florida AD Stricklin Puts Twitter To Good Use

New Florida AD Scott Stricklin is "not at all shy when it comes to sharing on social media platforms" and has become "one of the trendsetters on Twitter" among college ADs, according to Edgar Thompson of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Twitter is an "integral piece of Stricklin’s approach to his job," a ...

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02/21/17
Schools Increasingly Rely On Private Plane Use

Private planes are becoming "increasingly common at U.S. colleges and universities as schools try to attract athletes, raise money and reward coaches with jet-set vacations," according to Collin Binkley of the AP. Documents show that at least 20 institutions "own or share ownership of planes for sch ...

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02/20/17
Boston College AD Bates Resigns To Take CSA Job

Boston College AD Brad Bates today resigned with plans to "leave at the end of the school year to join Collegiate Sports Associates," according to a source cited by Benbow & Pepin of the BOSTON GLOBE. Bates is in his "fifth year leading the school’s sports programs." He will be a VP a ...

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02/20/17
Memphis Basketball Beating Attendance Projections

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02/17/17
Arizona State Earns Record Revenue For FY '16

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02/17/17
Ohio State AD Smith Talks New CFP Role

Ohio State AD Gene Smith begins his three-year term on the CFP Selection Committee this month, saying he has a "chance to do something special," according to a Q&A with Dennis Dodd of CBSSPORTS.com. Despite the role, Smith is still "serving as a powerful administrator with oversight over a top f ...

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02/16/17
Auburn Makes $15M Profit In FY '16

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