DELAYS IN SPORTS SEASONS LITIGATION

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Jan. 17 -- The clerk of the Sixth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has notified the parties in the sports seasons litigation that oral argument has been rescheduled for March 14, 2006, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Originally, a Feb. 2 date had been set for oral arguments; but in mid-December, the Court postponed that date.  Written briefs must be filed with the Court no later than Jan. 24.

On May 2, 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the Sixth Circuit order of July 27, 2004, that would have exchanged boys and girls tennis and golf seasons and girls basketball and volleyball seasons, returning the case to the same three-judge panel that issued the July 2004 order with instructions to reconsider the case in light of the Supreme Court’s decision early that year in a non-sports related case arising in California.