Weld judge to hear arguments in UNC, College Insider open records dispute

The Greeley Tribune: A Weld District Court judge decided Friday he would hear arguments in the open records dispute between College Insider and the University of Northern Colorado.

College Insider Inc. operates a Division I postseason basketball tournament for mid-major college programs. The UNC men’s basketball team advanced through the pay-to-play tournament a year ago, taking home the title at Bank of Colorado Arena.

The lawsuit, filed last month by attorneys for College Insider, alleges David Sabolcik, senior athletic director for UNC, colluded by phone and text message with the athletic directors of other schools competing in the tournament, and asked them to guarantee lower rates than the ones set by College Insider. Rates refer to profit sharing agreements between College Insider and the universities from revenue streams such as ticket sales.

On Friday, attorneys on both sides appeared before Weld District Judge Todd Taylor for a status conference. The case was originally on Judge Marcelo Kopcow’s docket, but he recused himself last month due to his affiliation with UNC.

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