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  • SBD Article

    Univ. of Michigan Lowers Student Football Season-Ticket Prices By 37.5% For '15

    Published October 24, 2014

    The Univ. of Michigan on Thursday announced it has "cut the price of season football tickets" for students by 37.5% for the '15 season, according to Nick Baumgardner of MLIVE.com. Season tickets will now cost $175, down from $280 this season. UM raised student-ticket prices prior to the '13 season and "had been the highest-priced student ticket in the Big Ten." The school will now "tie for the fourth-most expensive ticket" in the conference if current rates hold. The decision to drop prices c...

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    Judge On NCAA Concussion Case Settlement Perplexed Why Non-Contact Sports Included

    Published October 24, 2014

    A federal judge "raised concerns Thursday about some elements" of the NCAA's proposed $75M settlement regarding concussions in college sports, according to Jon Solomon of CBSSPORTS.com. Plaintiffs lawyer Steve Berman, who wants to get the agreement approved, on Thursday after a hearing said that U.S. District Judge John Lee's "major issue appears to be whether non-contact sport athletes should be part of the settlement." The NCAA "reached a preliminary settlement in July" that would create a ...

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    Oklahoma State Sues New Mexico State For Usage Of "Pistol Pete" Mascot

    Published October 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State on Monday filed a lawsuit against New Mexico State, "seeking to stop NMSU from infringing on what it sees as its trademarked" Pistol Pete mascot, according to a front-page piece by Mike Bush of the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL. The suit "asks the court to require the Aggies to 'deliver up' NMSU 'products, printed materials, signage and other articles' bearing the mascot and that they be destroyed." In addition to "legal fees, OSU is requesting that NMSU be ordered to 'account for any an...

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    Ohio State Goes Digital With Changes To Football Season-Ticket Selection Process

    Published October 23, 2014

    A new online system for Ohio State football will "require OSU season-ticket holders who are members of the Buckeye Club, President’s Club or Varsity O or longtime ticket buyers to select their seats online in priority-designated sections of Ohio Stadium" for the '16 season, according to Todd Jones of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Members of those donor groups "must go online and choose the location of the tickets they’re eligible for by viewing a three-dimensional seating diagram" of the stadium. OS...

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    Big East's Ackerman Touts Importance Of Fox Sports Partnership At Hoops Media Day

    Published October 23, 2014

    The theme at yesterday's Big East Basketball Media Day "seemed to be one of rebirth and rebranding," according to Andrew Garda of NJ.com. Coaches, players and Commissioner Val Ackerman "all hit the same notes about where the survival of the conference stands and how it moves forward." Ackerman "referred to renovations at member schools" and "mentioned the new conference offices in Mid-town Manhattan." She said of the new 14,000 square-foot HQ, "No other conference can call New York home like ...

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    Texas To Spend Additional $6M On Athletes; Panelists Debate Rising Costs In College Sports

    Published October 22, 2014

    ...y with a string of recent legal rulings requiring colleges to be more generous to their scholarship athletes... ...uture if momentum in the courts continues to push colleges to treat their players like employees or semi-pro...

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    MAC, C-USA Confident In Success Of Inaugural Boca Raton Bowl

    Published October 22, 2014

    Reps of the various facets involved in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl set for Dec. 23 at FAU Stadium "expressed confidence Monday that it will prove a success," according to Brian Biggane of the PALM BEACH POST. MAC Commissioner Jon Steinbrecher said, “Every one of our member teams is interested in coming. ... I remain extremely bullish on this event.” Biggane noted the game "received a boost in credibility with the announcement that the Orange Bowl Committee will provide assistance in operati...

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    Archie Manning Steps Down From CFP Selection Committee Due To Health Concerns

    Published October 21, 2014

    College Football Playoff selection committee member Archie Manning is "stepping down" due to health reasons, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com. Manning underwent knee replacement surgery earlier this year and is "now experiencing discomfort while walking." He will "have surgery next month and will be unable to travel to meetings." The committee will "continue with 12 members for the rest of the season and will issue its first rankings Oct. 28" (ESPN.com, 10/20). In Jackson, Hugh Kellen...

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    Sponsorships, Prize Money Add To Appeal Of Non-NCAA Sanctioned Fishing Teams

    Published October 20, 2014

    ...thers “have full-time coaches,” and “at least two colleges now offer scholarships.

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  • SBJ Article

    College panelists see change coming

    Published October 20, 2014 by Michael Smith

    Two of the biggest names in college football, one a Heisman Trophy winner, the other a leading Heisman candidate, were under intense scrutiny last week for suspicion of signing autographs for pay, an NCAA violation. In the not-too-distant future, however, college athletes will have the right to profit from their name, and college sports will be better off for it, predicted a panel of experts at last week’s CSE Sports Marketing Symposium in New York. {podcast} SBJ Podcast: College writer Mic...

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    College Football Playoff picks CLC in six-year deal

    Published October 20, 2014 by Michael Smith

    The College Football Playoff has awarded its licensing rights to Collegiate Licensing Co. in a new six-year deal. The CFP selected CLC as its exclusive licensing agent back in the summer, giving the Atlanta-based agency a chance to get a head start on working with licensees, while contract terms were finalized. The two sides signed the deal last week. CLC also represented the Bowl Championship Series in the past, but Cory Moss, CLC’s senior vice president and general manager, said the appro...

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    Michigan Agrees To Cut Student-Ticket Prices; AD Brandon's Job Status Remains Tentative

    Published October 17, 2014

    The Univ. of Michigan athletic department on Thursday "agreed to a number of significant concessions to student government, including cutting student pricing for season football tickets" following a 40% drop in purchases since '13, according to Ben Freed of the ANN ARBOR NEWS. UM's Central Student Government for the second straight year "entered into negotiations this week with athletic department officials and this year came away with promises that include lower football ticket prices and mo...

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