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  • SBD Article

    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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    ACC Schools Trying Pregame Music, Fan Zones In Effort To Increase Football Attendance

    Published September 11, 2014

    With the competition for entertainment dollars "so tough and empty seats painting a negative image of football programs," ACC schools are "brainstorming ways to get more fans to games," according to Hank Kurz Jr. of the AP. Some have "created fan zones outside of stadiums with live music, offered reduced season ticket packages and installed new video boards, all hoping an enhanced fan experience will do the trick." North Carolina is among the schools that have "created an area offering live m...

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    Maryland Appoints Former Hoops Coach Gary Williams To Key Athletic Fundraising Role

    Published September 11, 2014

    The Univ. of Maryland yesterday announced that former men's basketball coach Gary Williams will now be a "key figure" in the school's "athletic fundraising effort," according to Roman Stubbs of the WASHINGTON POST. Williams, who will assume the title of Senior Managing Dir of Alumni Relations & Athletic Development, said, "It’s something that’s interesting to me because it’s different. It’s a new position that hasn’t been there before.” Stubbs notes Williams will "oversee the school’s athleti...

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    Haden's Status On CFP Committee Not Affected By Sideline Chat With Official

    Published September 09, 2014

    The College Football Playoff, in "obvious coordination" with the Pac-12 fining USC AD Pat Haden $25,000 for confronting a referee during Saturday's game against Stanford, yesterday announced that Haden "would be allowed to remain on the football selection committee," according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. TIMES. CFP Exec Dir Bill Hancock in a statement said, "Emotional outbursts at games are not a matter for the playoff committee to deal with. This does not affect Pat Haden's capability as a...

    Tags: Colleges, Pac 12
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    Rutgers Removing Rice From In-Game Video, On-Campus Images May Follow

    Published September 09, 2014

    Rutgers school officials said that Ray Rice, an alum, will be "removed from the in-game video show that celebrates all of the former Rutgers players currently playing in the NFL," according to Tara Sullivan of the Bergen RECORD. Rutgers had "no other concrete details about removing Rice’s image around campus, where photos of him are hung on press-box walls and in the locker room, and he is included on banners of former Rutgers players hanging near the entrance of High Point Solutions Stadium....

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    Cincinnati's AD Hopes To Keep Attendance Figures High During Stay At Bengals' Stadium

    Published September 09, 2014

    Univ. of Cincinnati AD Mike Bohn hopes that the school "will draw its customary crowds of 30,000-plus this year at Paul Brown Stadium," its temporary home for '14, according to Tom Groeschen of the CINCINNATI ENQUIRER. UC's Nippert Stadium is undergoing an $86M renovation and "expansion from 35,000 to 40,000 seats." The school "will not return to their campus home" until the '15 season. Bohn: "Our season tickets are trending up, and we're encouraged by that." Bohn said that UC "has sold more ...

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    USC's Pat Haden Roundly Criticized For Sideline Incident With Officials On Saturday

    Published September 08, 2014

    USC AD Pat Haden last night issued an apology for "interacting with officials on the sideline" during the USC-Stanford game on Saturday, according to Gary Klein of the L.A. TIMES. Haden is a member of the CFP selection committee, so his actions "sparked controversy and calls for him to be removed from the position." Haden in a statement said, "I should not have approached the game officials. I should have waited until after the game and gone through the appropriate channels" (L.A. TIMES, 9/8)...

    Tags: Colleges, Pac 12
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    Florida Making Efforts To Be More Fan Friendly In Wake Of 4-8 Season In '13

    Published September 08, 2014

    Univ. of Florida administrators prior to the school's 4-8 football season in '13 "were under the mistaken impression that no matter what, the Swamp would always be packed with passionate fans," but the athletics staff has since "done a complete image overhaul in hopes of winning back some disgruntled Gators," according to Mike Bianchi of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. UF AD Jeremy Foley said of the program's attitude before last season, "Sometimes you can be blinded by winning." He added, "There were ...

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  • SBJ Article

    Learfield still writing chapters to ‘growth story’

    Published September 08, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Greg Brown had two essential messages for the 80 new Learfield Sports employees who gathered in Plano, Texas, a few weeks ago. One, the collegiate multimedia rights holder is still in growth mode. Learfield’s summertime acquisitions of Sidearm Sports and Licensing Resource Group were not about slashing costs. Two, the employees from Sidearm and LRG, who made up most of Brown’s audience on that late August day, are not going to be asked to prove themselves all over again to keep their jobs. ...

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    CFP picks firms to run accompanying events

    Published September 08, 2014 by Michael Smith

    The College Football Playoff has selected three companies to handle its fan fest, concert series and pregame tailgate during the weekend of the inaugural championship game in January. The Colonnade Group, a Birmingham, Ala.-based agency with deep roots in college football, will manage and operate the weekend fan fest, which is being called Playoff Fan Central. Colonnade knows the fan fest business well — it also runs fan fests for the SEC, Big Ten and Big 12. The weekend concert series, cal...

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    NCAA Files Motion In Response To O'Bannon Ruling, Arguing For Dismissal Of Lawsuits

    Published September 05, 2014

    The NCAA and 11 of its conferences "filed a motion late Thursday seeking the dismissal of a series of federal lawsuits that aim to dramatically remake the current system governing scholarships for college athletes and open the door to higher compensation for players," according to Kevin Vaughan of FOXSPORTS.com. The crux of their argument "is that despite last month's landmark ruling against them, which concluded that college athletes should be compensated for the use of their names, images a...

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    Class-Action Lawsuit Challenging NCAA On Football Scholarship Limits

    Published September 02, 2014

    The NCAA "faces another antitrust lawsuit that in part tries to use the Ed O'Bannon ruling to challenge the number and duration of scholarships" for D-I football players, according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. Former Colorado State K Durrell Chamorro "filed a class-action suit last week in Indianapolis federal court seeking damages" for D-I football players who "were impacted by the since-abandoned rule banning multiyear scholarships." The NCAA in '12 "passed a rule allowing schools to of...

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