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  • SBD Article

    Cougar Town: Washington State Ending Tradition Of Playing Football Game In Seattle

    Published August 27, 2014

    The Washington State football team's game tomorrow against Rutgers at CenturyLink Field will be its "last home game in Seattle for the foreseeable future," according to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokane SPOKESMAN-REVIEW. With the exception of '10, WSU has "played one home game" there every year since '02. But the school will "not play a home game in Seattle next season," and AD Bill Moos has "indicated that the WSU football team is unlikely to cross the Cascade Mountains again unless it’s for an Ap...

    Tags: Colleges, Pac 12
  • SBD Article

    UNC-Charlotte Football Program's Season-Ticket Sales Lagging From Inaugural Year

    Published August 26, 2014

    The UNC-Charlotte football team is entering its second year with PSLs renewed at a 98% rate, but AD Judy Rose indicated that season-ticket sales "are about 60 percent of 2013," according to David Scott of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The team averaged 15,541 fans for its inaugural season in the 15,314-seat Jerry Richardson Stadium, good for "11th-highest in FCS." Rose said that the student allotment of 7,500 "will remain about the same." But if students "don't claim their tickets, they'll be made ...

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    Lawyers For O'Bannon Plaintiffs Seeking $52.4M In Attorneys' Fees, Recoverable Costs

    Published August 25, 2014

    Lawyers for the Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs are seeking $52.4M in "attorneys' fees and recoverable costs from the NCAA due to their recent victory in the five-year-old case," according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. The O'Bannon plaintiffs "filed the motion late Friday night as the appeals process gets set in the case." The plaintiffs, led by Michael Hausfeld's law firm Hausfeld LLP, "are seeking attorneys' fees of $46,856,319 and recoverable costs of $5,555,739." The attorneys said that Hausfel...

    Tags: Colleges, NCAA
  • SBJ Article

    ASU draws on NFL experience

    Published August 25, 2014 by Michael Smith

    From the time Ray Anderson considered leaving the NFL to go to work at Arizona State University, he’s heard the Sun Devils referred to as a sleeping giant. The school is the largest public university in the country, yet ranks in the bottom half of the Pac-12 in annual revenue. It attracts a Who’s Who of athletic directors, only to see them leave and become collegiate power brokers elsewhere. Among athletic departments that could be considered an enigma, ASU is the most curious of cases. Mo...

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    Retailers buy into CLC College Colors platform

    Published August 25, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Gary Dubiel walked the floor at the massive, two-story Barnes & Noble in Baton Rouge, La., last week, impressed by the square footage the bookstore had devoted to LSU gear. Underneath a purple and gold tent were logo chairs, wine glasses, Tervis tumblers, car flags, T-shirts and just about anything else a licensee could make with the Tigers’ marks. Dubiel is in his second year as the vice president of retail development for Atlanta-based Collegiate...

    Tags: Colleges, Marketing and Sponsorship
  • SBD Article

    SEC Schools Making Concerted Effort To Improve In-Game Experience For Fans

    Published August 22, 2014

    The SEC on Wednesday announced that it is "taking steps to improve the 'fan experience' at games this season," as at least 12 of the 14 conference members are trying to "improve concessions with more areas and will offer ordering with smart phones and expanded menus," according to David Jones of FLORIDA TODAY. At least eight SEC programs "are improving restroom conditions, including adding restroom attendants, increasing the number of restroom facilities and adding audio to restroom facilitie...

    Tags: NCAA, Colleges
  • SBD Article

    UW To Sell Beer, Wine In New Standing-Room Section, The Latest School To Offer Alcohol

    Published August 22, 2014

    Univ. of Washington football fans "will be able to buy alcohol at a new standing-room-only section of Husky Stadium this season," according to Nick Eaton of SEATTLEPI.com. Beer and wine will be available before and during games "at the recently renovated stadium’s new 'Off-Leash Deck.'" The section "is located on the Northwest Deck, between the new Don James Center and football offices." Space in the new section "is limited and tickets will be available for $25 apiece." UW Associate AD/PR & C...

    Tags: NCAA, Colleges
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    NCAA Study: Most FBS Programs Lose Money As Rising Expenses Outpace Revenue

    Published August 21, 2014

    Expenses "exceeded revenue at all but 20 schools" in the FBS, with an average loss of $2.3M among the Power Five conferences, according to an NCAA study of '13 budgets cited by Mike Herndon of the BIRMINGHAM NEWS. The average loss "at all other FBS schools" was $17.6M. The report "did not specify which 20 FBS athletic departments had higher revenues than expenses." The study found that median annual revenue "generated through ticket sales, broadcast agreements and other sources increased" by ...

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    College Facility Notes: FAU Names Football Field After Howard Schnellenberger

    Published August 21, 2014

    In West Palm Beach, Brian Biggane reported the Florida Atlantic BOT yesterday voted to "name the field at the FAU stadium after Howard Schnellenberger, the legendary coach who founded the program and led the effort to build the stadium." FAU on Sept. 13 will "host a ceremony before the home opener against Tulsa," and FAU President John Kelly also will "make a presentation at halftime" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 8/20). FAU BOT Chair Anthony Barbar confirmed that a donation was made by an FAU football...

    Tags: Facilities, Colleges
  • SBD Article

    Wasting No Time After Autonomy Vote, Maryland Institutes Lifetime Scholarships

    Published August 20, 2014

    The Univ. of Maryland "continued to remodel its athletic future Tuesday, announcing it will guarantee lifetime scholarships for athletes in revenue and non-revenue sports," according to Roman Stubbs of the WASHINGTON POST. UM athletes "were previously offered one-year financial agreements subject to renewal each year." Athletes on full and partial scholarships "will be covered by the new financial umbrella, which is fully retroactive." UM AD Kevin Anderson said that school is currently gradua...

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    As Questions Swirl About Program's Future, Hawaii Football Tickets At Seven-Year Low

    Published August 20, 2014

    Season-ticket sales for Univ. of Hawaii football "are running 2,000 below last year, and are at a seven year-low," according to Matt Tuohy of the PACIFIC BUSINESS NEWS. UH AD Ben Jay said that 16,055 full season-tickets and 148 mini-packs that include four football games and six volleyball games "had been sold as of Monday." Tuohy noted last year's sales "totaled out at 18,391 season ticket and 646 mini-packs." Season-ticket sales "end next week, but don't account for student season ticket sa...

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    CFB Ticket Notes: WVU Sees Drop In Season Packages, Solid Numbers For Bama Game

    Published August 20, 2014

    In Pittsburgh, Bob Cohn reports after a 4-8 season in '13, West Virginia has sold "about 4,000 fewer full season tickets" for football compared to the same period last year. WVU last year "sold 33,623 season tickets," but with this year's home opener "about 2 1/2 weeks away, 29,419 have been sold." Overall attendance "declined last season as WVU lost six of its last seven games." Crowds "averaged 52,910 in six home games," the lowest for WVU since '03 (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 8/20). Meanwh...

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