NCAA Wins Over Judge, Gets All Future Court Records In UND Logo Dispute Sealed
Grand Forks, N.D. (AP) A judge has sealed all future documents in the University of North Dakota “Fighting Sioux” nickname lawsuit against the NCAA.
Northeast Central District Judge Lawrence Jahnke (JANG’-kee) also has delayed a hearing on an NCAA motion to expand the scope of the case.
The judge says both moves are aimed at aiding settlement talks.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s (STEN’-jemz) office is representing UND. He says he opposes Jahnke’s order because he’s an advocate of open records but he’ll comply. Media attorney Jack McDonald says Jahnke’s order might be too broad.
I don’t understand why the records can’t be public. This is a legal dispute involving a publicly-funded institution. Why can’t we citizens see the court filings?
Other than the fact that the NCAA doesn’t want us to because they know their denouncement of the UND logo/nickname is petty and predicated upon a policy that is both silly and unevenly enforced.