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    Northwestern Admins, Coaches Urging Football Players To Vote Against Unionization

    Published April 24, 2014

    Northwestern Univ.’s message to its football players since an NLRB ruling opened up the door to unionization "has been consistent and clear: Vote no -- for yourselves, for the team and for the university," according to a front-page piece by Ben Strauss of the N.Y. TIMES. The team tomorrow will vote whether to unionize, and labor experts said that Northwestern's campaign has "been a textbook case of how to aggressively battle a union." NU officials -- ranging from assistant coaches to the univ...

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    SEC's Slive Outlines Goals For New D-I Subdivision That Will House Power Conferences

    Published April 24, 2014

    SEC Commissioner Mike Slive last week visited the Univ. of Massachusetts as the exec-in-residence for the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, and in a keynote address "laid out seven goals for the new subdivision of Division I that will house" the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12, according to Ivan Maisel of ESPN.com. The goals are as follows: * Providing the "full cost of attendance to grant-in-aid recipients." * Fulfilling the "health, safety and nutrition needs of st...

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    Despite Initial Shortfalls, Florida State Expected To Make Profit From BCS Championship

    Published April 23, 2014

    Florida State's trip to the '14 BCS National Championship Game "wasn’t cheap" -- it cost the school $2.82M and "left the athletics department with an initial loss of nearly $500,000 -- but the university expects to see a net profit when all is said and done," according to documents cited by Ira Schoffel of the TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT. FSU's "largest cost by far was transportation" at $1.373M, followed by "net ticket expenses" at $710,385. The school to "offset those costs" received $2.15M from t...

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    NCAA BOD Expected To Consider Proposed Restructuring To Create Autonomy

    Published April 22, 2014

    SEC Commissioner Mike Slive does not think college athletes "should have employee status, but believes there is some common ground with the proposal from the five power leagues and a union movement," according to John Zenor of the AP. The NCAA BOD on Thursday is expected to consider a "recommendation restructuring the NCAA to create autonomy in specific areas" for the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big 12 and ACC. Slive said, "It's not unfair to say that to turn the NCAA is not unlike turning an aircr...

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    Hawaii Won't Raise Season-Ticket Renewal Prices, But New Packages Will Cost More

    Published April 21, 2014

    The Univ. of Hawaii's athletic department said that it "has heard the vocal concerns of its longtime football season-ticket holders and, as a result, will announce a new pricing structure" for the '14 season, according to Ferd Lewis of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. UH AD Ben Jay said that the price of season-tickets renewals "would not rise for at least one year, but that the cost for new season tickets would likely be hiked" for '14. UH said that the last time prices "were raised in a majori...

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    IMG College hires exec to bundle, sell radio inventory nationally

    Published April 21, 2014 by Michael Smith

    IMG College has brought in a veteran Westwood One sales executive to spearhead its first national radio sales campaign. Eddie Quagliariello comes to IMG College with 23 years of experience in national sales. As vice president of national radio sales, Quagliariello will be based in New York and report to Andrew Judelson, IMG College’s senior vice president of national sales. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: College news: SBJ writer Michael Smith and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour talk about Northwes...

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    Alabama’s success delivers big payday

    Published April 21, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Photo by: GETTY IMAGES Roll Tide is right. The University of Alabama is set to capitalize on its success over the last five years by signing one of the nation’s most lucrative multimedia rights deals with Learfield Sports worth at least $150 million to $160 million over 10 years. The extension of a long-term relationship between the Crimson Tide and Learfield will now run through June 30, 2024. Alabama, {p...

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    NCAA's Emmert Defends Scholarship Values, Insurance Coverage On ESPN Radio

    Published April 18, 2014

    ...people say, ‘Oh my God, look at all of the money colleges are getting and earning and making off of a sport... ” Emmert was asked if colleges are losing out on money by giving out scholarship...

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    Texas AD Says Schools Will Strip Down Sports Dramatically If Forced To Pay Players

    Published April 18, 2014

    ...ayers like professionals, Patterson believes most colleges would stop competing in most NCAA sports altogeth...

    Tags: Colleges, Big 12
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    NCAA OKs Proposal Giving Unlimited Meals, Snacks To All Division I Student-Athletes

    Published April 16, 2014

    The NCAA D-I Legislative Council yesterday "enacted legislation allowing unlimited meals and snacks for athletes," according to Rachel Bachman of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Before the change, NCAA rules "allowed three meals a day for athletes on full scholarship but limited snacks, and limited meals for walk-ons and those on partial scholarships." But athletes who lived off campus "sometimes found stipends inadequate to pay for meals." The action "isn't considered final" until the D-I BOD meets...

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    Panel Of Administrators Says NCAA Business Model Must Change To Survive

    Published April 16, 2014

    A panel of college administrators "agree the NCAA business model has to change to survive" an evolving financial landscape for conferences, according to Teresa Walker of the AP. Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner Beth DeBauche "sees the current crisis as an opportunity to make college athletics healthier than ever," and yesterday's panel, which also included Univ. of Kentucky AD Mitch Barnhart and former Big 12 Commissioner Dan Beebe, "also agreed the question now is how to do that." Barnhar...

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    Aresco Bullish On AAC's Future In Post-BCS Era Despite Less Guaranteed TV, Bowl Money

    Published April 16, 2014

    While the five top college football conferences have "cobbled together their power and TV value into a cartel that now dominates the sport," AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco said that his league "isn’t going away," according to Kevin McNamara of the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL. Aresco "can’t speak more proudly about his league" after its first season produced a BCS bowl win and national championships in men's and women's basketball. Aresco said, "I really did think we had this type of potential, just mayb...

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