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Volume 24 No. 112

Collegiate Sports

     A vote that will determine the fate of the FedEx Orange Bowl
has been delayed two weeks and possibly as long as three months
if the city of Miami gets its way.  At a special Orange Bowl
Committee (OBC) meeting to discuss a pending contract that would
"force a change" from the Orange Bowl to Joe Robbie Stadium, OBC
President Ed Williamson told members "the new college football
bowl alliance will need at least two more weeks to draw up a
contract for the OBC to review."  The review period will be at
least another two weeks making the earliest date to vote on
moving the game October 24 instead of October 11.  A Save the
Orange Bowl Committee has requested that the OBC delay its vote
at least 90 days to review the situation and further examine what
the city of Miami could do in conjunction with the Univ. of Miami
to improve the facility -- including adding skyboxes,
restaurants, media accommodations, restrooms and parking
improvements (Susan Miller Degnan, MIAMI HERALD, 9/27).

     In response to last year's Rose Bowl ticket controversy, the
U.S. Dept. of Transportation plans to regulate certain special-
event tours in connection to bowl games this season.  Last
January, almost 800 University of Wisconsin fans were left
without tickets after paying tour agents for a Rose Bowl package.
 The expanded protection of Super Bowl tour rules would now
include bowl games and the NCAA Final Four, and are "expected to
be codified after public hearings are concluded this fall."  It
would require air tour agents to have tickets in hand or a
written contract for seats before they can advertise a package as
including tickets (Elliott Almond, L.A. TIMES, 9/21).