Basketball tournament expansion could pay off for NCAA

The NCAA might expand its annual men’s tournament from the current three-week, 65-team format
to one featuring an added week and a whopping 96 teams. Proponents of the plan say it will generate a bigger
television rights-fee deal for the not-for-profit NCAA, which disperses 95 percent of the income to member institutions.

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NCAA, city haggle over Final Four rental deal

A little more than six months before the 2010 NCAA men’s Final Four is set to tip off at Lucas Oil Stadium, the NCAA
has not yet finalized a rental deal for the facility. While officials for the NCAA and Local Organizing Committee,
the group charged with operating the event in Indianapolis, downplay any problems, sports business experts say it is unusual
not to have an agreement pinned down in the months leading up to the event.

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Let’s hear it for Bird

If there is any one individual who can turn around the Pacer organization and the NBA, remember, Bird is the word.

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Taking Sycamores to final looks easy in retrospect

It might have been easier for Larry Bird to lead the championship game of the NCAA’s men’s basketball tournament 30 years
ago with those improbable underdog Sycamores than to right the ship he’s steering as president of basketball for the Indiana
Pacers now.

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