Sport: Football Booty

Big-time schools cut a TV deal

College football's biggest powers—gristle mills such as Notre Dame, Alabama, Penn State and Texas—have long resented the fact that the National Collegiate Athletic Association does not permit them to negotiate their own big-bucks television deals. Instead the N.C.A.A. arranges TV packages itself. Now 61 of the superpowers are poised to change that. By a narrow margin, the College Football Association, which includes all the big-time football schools except those in the Pacific-10 and Big Ten, tentatively approved a four-year, $180 million television contract with NBC beginning with the 1982 season. The agreement could result...

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