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Page 10--Thursday, September 16, 1982-The Michigan Daily


NCAA football television contracts void

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal
judge has thrown out the college
television contracts negotiated by the
National Collegiate Athletic
Association, holding that the NCAA had
violated antitrust laws in selling game
rights to television networks.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge
Juan Burciaga of Albuquerque, N.M.,
filed in the federal court here yesterday
held that the individual colleges may
sell their football rights to television
and prohibits the NCAA from
negotiating any future television con-'
tracts on behalf of its member colleges
and universities.
A SPOKESMAN at NCAA headquar-
ters in suburban Kansas City said the
organization's lawyers would seek an
immediate stay of the order through the
1lth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.
After holding that "the right to
telecast college football games in the
property of the institutions par-
ticipating in the games, and that right
may be sold or assigned by those in-
stitutions to any ertity at their
discretion," Burciaga ordered that:
"The contracts for the televising of
college football for the 1982-85 seasons
between National Collegiate Athletic

Association and American Broad-
casting Companies, Columbia Broad-
cast System and Turner Broadcast
system violate . . . the Sherman An-
titrust Act . . . and are therefore void
and of no effect."
HE ALSO enjoined the NCAA, "its of-,
ficers, agents and employees," from at-
tempting to enforce contracts already
negotiated and from "making any other
contract of similar kind or nature in the
future" and from attempting to keep
member institutions from selling their
football TV rights.
His two-page order, which was accom-
panied by a 98-page memorandum
opinion, also enjoined the NCAA from
"requiring as a condition of member-
ship that those institutions grant to
National Collegiate Athletic
Association the power to control those
institutions' rights to telecast college
football games."~
The suit was brought against the
NCAA by the University of Oklahoma
and the University of Georgia Athletic
Association. They claimed the NCAA
violates the Sherman Antitrust Act in
controlling the televising of college
football and asked Burciaga to allow
them to make their own deals despite

the NCAA's $263.5 million contracts
with ABC, CBS and Turner.
"IT IS regrettable that an
organization such as NCAA which has
served many useful purposes over the
years, should be found in violation of
the laws of the United States," Bur-
ciaga wrote. "The court would only ob-
serve that the wound which has today
been suffered by NCAA is a self-
inflicted wound.
"NCAA has strayed too far from the
purposes for which it was organized."

Burciaga noted that an immediate
enforcement of his order would work a
hardship on the NCAA and the networks
but added:
"IT WOULD be unseemly for the
court, having found an overt violation
of the antitrust laws, to allow the
violation to continue for even a single
day, let alone for the rest of the
"The only other NCAA sport which
attracts national television coverage for
regular season games is basketball.
The NCAA does not control the

televising of regular season basketball
games; television arrangements are
made by the schools or through the
athletic conference of which they are
He also noted that it is only Division I,
made up of the football powers, where
the NCAA controls television, that
Division II and Division III schools
"are allowed unlimited freedom" in
televising their regular season college
football games.
HE NOTED that although the NCAA

The joke is on Hoosiers4

Editor's note: This is the third
article in a nine-part series examing
each of Michigan 's 1982 Big Ten
Not only are head coach Lee Corso's
jokes funny, but last year his football
team was just as humorous as the

Hoosiers limped to a 3-8 record and an
eighth-place finish in the Big Ten.
This year, with nine starters retur-
ning on offense, the Hoosiers look to be
an explosive lot. But with just four
starters back from the second-worst
defense in the Big Ten last year, the
joke may again be on Indiana this

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"WE SHOULD be more explosive,"
said Corso. "We go into this year with
an experienced offensive line, and the
key to offensive productivity is the of-
fensive line."''
The most explosive feature in the
Hoosier offense will probably be the
Babe Laufenberg-to-Duane Gunn con-
nection. Last season, Laufenberg com-
pleted 144 of 252 passes for 1,788 yards
and eight touchdowns - with his prime
receiver being the elusive Gunn. The
junior wide receiver snared 31 passes
for an average of 21.2 yards per catch
and scored three touchdowns. "With
Duane Gunn, we have an instant touch-
down threat," said Corso.
Anchoring the experienced Indiana
offensive line is senior center Jeff
Wiebell. Senior Chuck Gannon and
junior Mark Filburn return at the
tackles and senior guard Jim Sakanich
is the other returning starter on the
Hoosier offensive front.
THE TOP ground-gainer for Indiana
last year was Tim Hines, though he
gained just 271 yards, the lowest total for
a Hoosier rushing leader in 24 years.
Hines has graduated but the Hoosiers
have high hopes for sophomore Orlando
Brown, who sparkled in spring drills.

regulates other college sports,
'Significantly, however, football is the
only sport in which NCAA has taken un-
to itself the power to regulate the
televising of college athletic events.
"The result of the NCAA's program
of controls is quite obvious," he wrote.
"Rather than letting the market
operate freely, NCAA has seriously
restricted free market forces in the
economics of college football television.
"Were it not for the NCAA controls,
many more college football games would
be televised."
The porous Indiana defense may get
a big boost with the return of corner-
back Tim Wilbur, who missed the entire
1981 season. Senior Jimmy Hunter -
the third-leading tackler a year ago -
and junior Dennis Edwards are the ex-
pected starters at defensive end.
"We're deep with a lot of experience at
end," said Corso. "We have a good
blend of youth and experience at
linebacker and defensive back."
Senior Ralph Caldwell is back at
linebacker and will probably be flanked
by junior Mark Weiler. Indiana is also
hoping that senior Marlin Evans retur-"
ns to his 1980 form when he was selected
all-Big Ten.
Sophomore Chuck Razmic will again
handle the punting chores and will try
to improve on last year's 36.1 average.
Sophomore Doug Smith, who beat arch-
rival Purdue with a 29-yard field goal
last season, will be the Hoosier place-
Indiana opened the season with a 30-0
blanking of Northwestern, which
doesn't really mean much except it
proves that there exists a football tam
that will be funnier than the Hoosiers
this season.

Laufen berg and Wilbur
.no laughing matter

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Union sets


strike for Tuesday


WASHINGTON (AP) - Barring a
breakthrough in negotiations with
management this weekend, the
National Football League Players
Association will go on strike next
Tuesday, informed sources within the
labor movement told the Associated
Press yesterday.
The sources, declining to be named
publicly, said members of the union's
executive committee have already in-
formally agreed on the Tuesday
walkout against the 28 clubs. The
committee, which includes player
representatives from some of the
teams, will meet Monday in New York.

OTHER SOURCES, after refusing to
be named publicly, confirmed the
"The date has been set. It shouldn't
come as that much of a surprise to
anyone," the union source said.
Earlier, union officials have said the
strike would come between the second
and fourth weeks of the season. The
second week of the schedule will end
Monday night with a game between the
Green Bay Packers and New York
The contract between the. players
union and the club owners ran out July
15, and negotiations for a new contract.
have been sporadic and unsuccessful. :


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