AFTER NCAA MANDATES BAT CHANGES, EASTON FILES $267M SUIT
Easton Sports filed a $267M lawsuit against the NCAA
alleging an "unlawful restraint of trade," according to Ed
Guzman of the N.Y. TIMES. The suit, filed in U.S. District
Court in K.C., came one day after the NCAA recommended that
the size and weight specifications of aluminum bats "be
altered to reduce their potency." The NCAA's baseball
rules committee wants the change in bats to be enacted on
January 1, 1999 in time for next season. But Easton wants
to delay the rule changes, as it "estimated it would lose
$267 million if the rule changes takes place in January."
Easton Chair Jim Easton: "If they give us some time to
change our bats, we'll make any change, no matter how
stupid." Easton said that half of next year's bat orders
have been, or are ready to be shipped (N.Y. TIMES, 8/8).