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THE POWER OF THE PRESS … “It’s a disaster. I’m finishing up everything, and I’m going back into retirement.” … Stanley Simmons, founder of University High School, a shady diploma mill in Miami that had no classrooms, teachers or teams but helped numerous athletes quickly earn diplomas. The “school,” which graduated at least 14 students who signed with D1 football programs during the past two years, was pilloried in a lengthy New York Times feature a couple weeks ago. … New York Times, 12-23-05

Clips Interview

University of Texas at Tyler Provides Refuge for UNO Basketball Teams ... Clips Editor Nick Infante interviewed Athletic Director and Dean of Student Affairs Dr. Howard Patterson of the University of Texas at Tyler about his school’s kindness in offering safe haven for the University of New Orleans’ men’s and women’s basketball teams.

Guest Commentary

Intercollegiate Athletic Corporate Sponsorships and the First Amendment ... ADs might be eager to welcome with open arms corporate sponsors with open checkbooks. But at times a corporate sponsorship could portray a negative image on the university. Providing sponsorship opportunities to certain companies while refusing others could implicate the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Eric Bentley, Assistant General Counsel for the University of Houston System, weighs in with an update.

Clips Editorial

The consequences of running up the score ... Clips Editor Nick Infante opines on the after-effects of sports blowouts: the agony (and exultation) of losing (and winning) big. ... posted 12-26-05

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Milking donors for all their worth

Fundraisers at Wisconsin (known as America ’s Dairyland) will milk donors for $17.8 million this year. ... posted 12-26-05

Sponsorship Management: A Status Report

This paper provides a contemporary view of sponsorship theory and its significance in management theory. ... posted 12-19-05

We don’t do scandals . . . .

But this one we just couldn’t ignore. The University of Colorado is becoming the poster child of all that could go bad with an athletics program. The latest? $117,400 worth of questionable expenses. ... posted 12-13-05

College-licensed items still growing significantly

You are what you wear. Or sit in. Or drink out of. Or eat from. ... posted 12-11-05

Spending like there’s no tomorrow . . .

It’s not news, but it bears repeating: a spending analysis from USA Today confirms that the D1-A arms race continues unabated. ... posted 11-25-05

Ersatz wearables intercepted at the Mexican border

The latest seizure of counterfeit apparel with pro and college logos occurred in Nogales, Arizona two weeks ago. ... posted 11-18-05

Intercollegiate athletics revenue: Montana-style

From the somewhat blurred focus of the EADA camera comes a snapshot of a single-state college athletics ecosystem. ... posted 11-14-05

Big schools bidding out marketing to experts

Some 80% of BCS schools have gone to outsourcing marketing agreements. ... posted 11-10-05

“Big” is really big in the Big Ten

A comparison of EADA stats shows the University of Wisconsin at the top spending levels in most categories. ... posted 11-8-05

Greater Presence, Higher Expectations

It cuts both ways for athletic departments: raising money is easier due to high profile presence, but they receive a lesser portion of institution funding. ... posted 10-28-05

Defending Big East is full-time job for Tranghese

The Big East has taken more shots than a punch-drunk fighter at one of the old boxing matches that helped make Madison Square Garden the World’s Greatest Arena. ... posted 10-28-05

Surveys: college costs up, but at slower rate

College Board surveys reveal a slower rate of increase, but poorer students are falling behind. …. posted 10-25-05

College Athletes Optimistic About Financial Future, But Survey Shows Unrealistic Expectations

College student-athletes are bullish on their future but more than one-third lack the confidence to manage their finances. .... posted 10-25-05

EADA financial numbers: imperfect but comprehensive

There’s no credible metric to compare expenses from one athletics program to the next, so here’s the next best thing: a look at the latest EADA numbers. .... posted 10-23-05

Necessary Evil? - Upping Student Fees

As ticket prices and sponsorships have maxed out, embattled administrators have increasingly turned to student fee hikes. .... posted 10-21-05

Student-Athlete insurance at a crossroads

Businesses have steadily shifted health care costs to employees, athletics programs are doing the same with student-athletes. .... posted 10-21-05

Stretching the price elasticity of college costs

The annual price tag at Bates College has passed $42,000, one of 75 schools in the country over $40K. How long can this last? ... posted 10-19-05

Service academies march to their own drummers

The athletics programs at Navy, Army and Air Force are facing unprecedented evolutionary challenges to maintain their competitiveness. … posted 10-12-05

The Dance spins off gobs of money

The mushrooming popularity of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament has made TV sports history, and it’s still growing. .... posted 10-11-05

Rutgers Rebranding Really Necessary?

New Jersey’s state university suffers from a ho-hum image across the state, and it’s worse from out of staters. What to do? Call an image consultant.

Alcohol availability still a patchwork at Big Ten schools

Premium seating in most Big Ten venues comes with the privilege of quaffing adult beverages inside the stadium.

AD Comps in Mountain West Conf. move up - slightly

Bidding up for new AD hires has ratcheted up compensation packages.

Billion Dollar Babies: Jumbo Fundraising Campaigns

University fundraising campaigns now regularly exceed goals over a billion dollars.

Ohio State: as big as college football gets

The Buckeye Nation consumes the entire state. And Ohio is a big state.

NIT purchase being assimilated

A new precedent for market leaders under antitrust litigation: just buy your top competitor.