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Athletics budget gets OK

A USC intercollegiate activities committee on Wednesday approved a $65.1 million athletics budget the 2008-09 fiscal year.

The budget includes a $3 million increase in revenues, the bulk of which is expected to come from the Gamecocks' new media rights deal with ISP Sports.

The budget goes to USC's full board of trustees next week.

In addition to presenting the budget, USC Athletics Director Eric Hyman unveiled a seat licensing fee plan for the Gamecocks' new baseball stadium. Season ticketholders will be asked to pay seat premiums ranging from $25 to $1,500 for the right to purchase their seats in the new 5,700 seat facility. The stadium is expected to open in time for next season.

That plan was approved by the committee as well.

- Joseph Person, The State