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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

News Update: In an update to the Colorado recruiting scandal, the president of an adult entertainment company reports that Colorado football players often hired strippers to perform at parties for recruits, in one case as recently as "a few weeks ago." The leader of the investigation into the scandal also said she would not resign, despite receiving criticism for suggesting that the young women put themselves at risk for rape by attending alcohol-fueled sex parties. The exact quote: "The question I have for the ladies in this is why they are going to parties like this and drinking or taking drugs and putting themselves in a very threatening or serious position."

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a federal grand jury has subpoenaed detailed results of drug tests performed on every major-league baseball player last season as part of an investigation into an international steroids scandal. The tests were conducted under the understanding that the results would remain anonymous.

New York Newsday reports that "a three-member arbitration panel began hearing testimony yesterday to determine how much Cablevision subscribers will pay to watch Yankees games on YES this season and in future years." The panel's decision is expected by April 1.

Finally, a federal judge ruled Monday that a taxpayer can pursue a lawsuit alleging that the NFL has illegally used its clout to "extort" new stadiums from cities. This suit could prove troublesome for the league, as it may force them through discovery to release detailed financial records about costs and revenues that the league and teams are often reluctant to make public. A similar issue concerning the release of financial records has come up in the San Diego Chargers lawsuit.