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  • SBD Article

    College Sports Programs May Seek Antitrust Exemption If Court Favors Paying Athletes

    Published July 31, 2014

    Universities with "big-budget sports programs may ask Congress to give the NCAA an antitrust exemption should a federal court rule that it is illegal to forbid college athletes from making money," according to sources cited by Sharon Terlep of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. Major college conferences and NCAA officials are discussing whether to seek the exemption as a way to "ward off a multi-front attack on the organization's founding principle of athletic amateurism -- an ideal that critics say is...

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    UNLV AD Working Toward Sound Financial Footing After Inherting $4M Deficit

    Published July 31, 2014

    UNLV's athletic department "faces a lot of uncertainty because of outside forces," according to Mark Anderson of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The Power Five conferences are seeking greater autonomy, and "indications are they will receive it." While how that affects UNLV "is uncertain," the school is already "at a major disadvantage competing in a Mountain West that doesn't receive anywhere close to the TV revenue of the five power conferences." UNLV AD Tina Kunzer-Murphy said that when she t...

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    Plaintiffs' Lawyer Criticizes NCAA's Concussion Settlement For Lacking Compensation

    Published July 30, 2014

    The NCAA yesterday reached a preliminary settlement in a class-action head-injury lawsuit, the "latest attempt by the NCAA to address concerns over athletes' rights," according to Ben Strauss of the N.Y. TIMES. The settlement brings "a significant change in the care and safety of all current and former college athletes," including a $70M medical monitory fund. It "still requires the approval" of Judge John Lee. Attorney Jay Edelson, who represents one of the plaintiffs, "criticized the agreem...

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    SMU Sees $350,000 In Beer, Wine Sales For Home Basketball Games

    Published July 30, 2014

    SMU sold "nearly $350,000 in beer and wine at basketball games last season, far outpacing sales for other concessions," according to Melissa Repko of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The boost in sales from beer and wine "suggests SMU could see sizable increases in revenue when it expands sales this fall to football games at Ford Stadium." SMU began "offering alcoholic beverages to the general public at men’s basketball games in January when it reopened the renovated Moody Coliseum." But Ford Stadium...

    Tags: Colleges, AAC
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    NCAA Settles Class-Action Concussion Lawsuit, Creates $70M Fund For Trauma Diagnosis

    Published July 29, 2014

    The NCAA today agreed to "settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit" by creating a $70M fund to "diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports," according to Michael Tarm of the AP. The NCAA also "agreed to implement a single return-to-play policy spelling out how all teams must treat players who received head blows." Unlike a "proposed settlement in a similar lawsuit against the N...

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    Big Ten's Jim Delany Takes Measured Tone In Power Five's Push For Autonomy

    Published July 29, 2014

    See the listing for the BIG TEN CONFERENCE Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany yesterday at the conference's media days delivered a message that was "measured in tone and tact ... unlike some of his fellow league leaders," according to Todd Jones of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Delany said that he expects the NCAA D-I BOD "to pass the proposed governance model that would give more autonomy to power conferences." He added, "I'd be very surprised if it doesn't pass. ... If it doesn't, I don't reall...

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    Michigan AD Dave Brandon Discusses Handling Critics, Pushing Toward Unfinished Business

    Published July 29, 2014

    Univ. of Michigan AD Dave Brandon last week sat for a Q&A with Bob Wojnowski of the DETROIT NEWS, who wrote Brandon "seemed at ease, explaining in confident, measured tones why he pushes so hard to reshape Michigan athletics, and how he handles pushback." Below are excerpts from the Q&A: Q: You’ve accomplished a lot as AD, and also stirred up your share of critics. What has been the biggest challenge? Brandon: You have so many stakeholders, people who are passionate about what we do, and the...

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    Barbour Becomes Penn State's First Female AD, But Hiring Is Not Without Controversy

    Published July 28, 2014

    Penn State on Saturday announced the hiring of former Cal AD Sandy Barbour to the same position after a "national search that began just four weeks ago," according to Travis Johnson of the CENTRE DAILY TIMES. Barbour will replace Dave Joyner on Aug. 18. PSU President Eric Barron said Barbour was the screening committee's "first" and "unanimous" choice. She was given a "five-year contract that will pay her $700,000 in base salary annually with a $100,000 retention bonus and another bonus of $1...

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  • SBJ Article

    Woo Pig suing?: Arkansas gets sound trademark for call

    Published July 28, 2014 by Michael Smith

    University of Arkansas fans have been calling the hogs nearly as long as their Razorbacks have been playing football, making “Wooo Pig Sooie” one of the most recognizable cheers in collegiate athletics. Now the school is making its claim to the cheer legally binding by obtaining a sound trademark for the Hog Call. The trademarked cheer appears to be a first. Photo by: UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS ...

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    Why soccer’s Gulati gets a kick out of teaching

    Published July 28, 2014 by Christopher Botta

    “You’re here with an extraordinary opportunity. Wherever the journey takes you, have a high intolerance for the pain of others.” This was U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati in early May, speaking before 190 students in a packed auditorium at Columbia University. It was the semester’s final lecture in the Principles of Economics course he first started teaching at the school in 1986. Dressed in a blazer, dress shirt and jeans, Gulati walked up and down the rows and across the fron...

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    CHS buys national deal from Learfield

    Published July 28, 2014 by Michael Smith

    CHS Inc., one of the few Fortune 100 companies in the world with awareness issues, has bought a national sponsorship package from Learfield Sports to market its company through college football. Linda Tank, CHS’ vice president of enterprise marketing and communication, said most people don’t know what CHS does, even though the farmer-owned cooperative reported 2013 revenue of $44.5 billion, ranking it No. 62 on the Fortune 100 list. “We’re looking ...

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    Does IMG College face shifts in marketplace?

    Published July 28, 2014 by Michael Smith

    It wasn’t IMG College’s best month, and changes in the marketplace promise more competition in two areas where the company has traditionally been dominant — multimedia rights and licensing. In a span of just over 30 days, IMG College lost the multimedia rights to the University of {podcast} SBJ Podcast: College writer Michael Smith and Assistant Managing Editor Tom Stinson discuss the increased competition in the college multimedia and licensing space, why it's happening and what it means go...

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