PRESS BOX: Change in Final Four locales, Fine sues ESPN

The Sports Xchange
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NCAA Tournament games leading up to the Final Four will no longer be played in domed football stadiums that have hosted previous regionals, ESPN reported Wednesday.
According to the report by ESPN's Andy Katz, the NCAA will have a portal available in July on its website for Final Four sites to make proposals for 2017-2020. Site decisions will then be made in 2014 for those years.
Using domes for regionals had been a trial for future Final Fours, said Mark Lewis, the NCAA's vice president in charge of championships, but upcoming Final Four sites have already been hosts and don't need a dry run. Lewis recommended that future regional finals should be played in arenas.
The next three Final Fours are set for Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in 2014, Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis in 2015 and Reliant Stadium in Houston in 2016.

---Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine has filed a $11 million defamation lawsuit against ESPN, according to a report. reported that the suit removes the ESPN reporter and producer who collaborated on the story that led to Fine's dismissal at Syracuse in November 2011. The new legal action also no longer includes the parent Walt Disney Company and the Heart Corporation. ESPN is now the only defendant in the suit
ESPN's attorneys have brought the case to federal court due to the fact that the company is based in Connecticut and Fine filed the lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court.
Fine was alleged to have sexually molested former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis and his stepbrother Mike Lang while they around the basketball program as children. Charges were dropped against Fine after it was learned the stories were made up.
A court hearing is scheduled for July 18.
Fine moved to Florida after he was let go at Syracuse and hasn't spoken publicly about the case.

---Former University of Miami booster Nevin Shapiro criticized the NCAA's enforcement division in a story published Wednesday by Sports Illustrated.
The magazine examined the NCAA enforcement division and the questions it has faced since Shapiro's allegations of providing thousands of impermissible benefits to Hurricanes athletes came to light in 2011.
Speaking from a federal prison in Oakdale, La., Shapiro said, "I thought I was dealing with the FBI. Instead, I was dealing with a bunch of clowns. I gave the NCAA the body, the weapon and the DNA evidence on a platter, and they found a way to screw this up."
The SI story on the NCAA enforcement division noted the changes it has undergone since Mark Emmert became president in 2010 and how several former staffers believe he has hampered investigations. Four members of the department have left the department in the past year.
Shapiro told SI that he gambled on 23 Miami games, using inside information from players, from 2003 to 2009 and provided bank records to support his claims.
Yahoo! Sports first broke the story in 2011 of how Shapiro provided impermissible benefits to Miami athletes that included entertaiment, cash, jewelry and other things. Shapiro is serving a 20-year sentence for running a $930 million Ponzi scheme.

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