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    BYU Seeing Smaller Crowds For Home Football Games Despite National Ranking

    Published September 30, 2014

    BYU is averaging 58,327 fans through two home football games this season, but those crowds "came against two of the stronger opponents" on the schedule, and Saturday's paid attendance of 59,023 against Virginia "marked the sixth straight non-sellout" for the school, according to Jay Drew of the SALT LAKE TRIBUNE. BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall "wondered aloud why they were nearly 4,500 fans short of a full house" for the Sept. 20 game against Virginia. Roughly 5,840 tickets "went unsold" for the...

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    Syracuse Has No Plans To Play Again At MetLife Stadium Despite Prior Announcement

    Published September 29, 2014

    Syracuse said that it "currently has no current plans to play again" at MetLife Stadium after '16, despite a contract announcement that indicated the school "will play 10 games" at the venue by '38, according to Chris Carlson of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Syracuse's initial contract with MetLife Stadium Corporation "covered four games" and a second announcement in '11 "extended it." Syracuse Exec Senior Associate AD & Chief Communications Officer/External Affairs Joe Giansante said that the ...

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    From its new NYC home, Big East working on positioning conference

    Published September 29, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Val Ackerman’s to-do list looks a lot different now than it did a year ago, when the Big East Conference didn’t have its own office space or checking account. As the Big East prepares to embark on its second basketball season, Ackerman, the conference’s commissioner, has outside agencies conducting a brand review and a website redesign, the kind of initiatives typically reserved for more mature entities. Big East Conference Commissio...

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    SEC schools retool stadiums based on results of broad survey

    Published September 29, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Mississippi became one of the few colleges in the country to install Wi-Fi throughout its st... ...mixed response, Mississippi became one of the few colleges in the country to install Wi-Fi through its stadi...

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  • SBJ Article

    Weiberg joins consulting firm

    Published September 29, 2014

    Former Big 12 Commissioner Kevin Weiberg, whose résumé includes recent stints launching television networks for the Big Ten and Pac-12, has joined the Atlanta-based consulting firm College Sports Solutions. The firm also announced the addition of Heather Ould, former chief operating officer of another Atlanta-based firm, Collegiate Consulting. Launched in March by longtime college sports administrator Jeff Schemmel, College Sports Solutions’ roster of consultants includes former ADs DeLoss ...

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    Fermata Partners takes over licensing business at Georgia

    Published September 29, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Upstart Fermata Partners has won the licensing business at the University of Georgia, marking the third school it has snagged away from industry leader Collegiate Licensing Co. since June. Fermata, an Atlanta-based licensing agency founded in early 2012 by four former CLC executives, signed a five-year contract with Georgia last week. The new deal will go into effect July 1, 2015, and Fermata will be the agent for the Bulldogs’ worldwide trademark licensing program. ...

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    Pac-12 and Stanford push boundaries of Wi-Fi, technology

    Published September 29, 2014 by Michael Smith

    “The thing about all colleges is that they have a lot of data,” Pasha said.

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    Rutgers' Updated Revenue Projections Overshadowed By Latest Hermann Controversy

    Published September 22, 2014

    Rutgers Univ. President Robert Barchi on Friday said that things "are on the upswing and predicted bigger-than-expected payouts from the school's participation" in the Big Ten, according to Patricia Alex of the Bergen RECORD. Barchi said that Rutgers' share of the annual payouts from participation in the Big Ten "could amount" to $43M by '18. But Barchi "stopped short of backing away from the university's own projections" of a $183M deficit for the athletic department over most of the next de...

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    NCAA, O'Bannon Plaintiffs Ask To Have Appeal Settled Before August '15 Injunction

    Published September 22, 2014

    The NCAA and the Ed O'Bannon plaintiffs on Friday “asked the federal appeals court hearing their case to resolve the appeal before the injunction from a district judge begins Aug. 1, 2015,” according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. In a joint filing, the NCAA said that “it is ‘critical’ for the appeal to be resolved within the next year.” U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken has said that, during the appeal, she “will not stay her injunction, which would in part allow schools to pay deferred c...

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    Price of autonomy: ADs unsure what their new freedom will cost

    Published September 22, 2014 by Michael Smith

    ...off volleyball, lacrosse and baseball, why can’t colleges likewise benefit financially.

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    Big West Conference signs Learfield to five-year deal

    Published September 22, 2014

    The Big West Conference has signed Learfield Sports to a five-year deal to be the league’s sponsorship sales agency. The conference’s rights add to Learfield’s presence in the California-based Big West. Learfield already owns the multimedia and sponsorship rights at Cal Poly, Cal State Northridge, Long Beach State, UC Riverside and UC Santa Barbara. Most prominent among the Big West’s sponsorship assets are the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, held annually at Honda Center in Anahei...

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    First Meeting Of NCAA's Autonomous Voting Members Slated For January Convention

    Published September 11, 2014

    The 80 voting members in the new NCAA autonomy structure will “meet formally to begin historic governance change” on Jan. 17 in DC at the organization's '15 convention, according to Dennis Dodd of CBSSPORTS.com. It is “believed that is the first time" reps from the 65 schools in the Power 5 conferences, along with 15 voting athletes, "will meet in person.” A separate NCAA Convention business session for the Power 5 conferences “will be conducted the next day.” The "likely first order of busin...

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