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Re-working proposal: McLeod will re-negotiate terms with Neb.-Omaha

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Wednesday night's conference call with Western Collegiate Hockey Association athletic directors regarding expansion has sparked another round of negotiations with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Wednesday night's conference call with Western Collegiate Hockey Association athletic directors regarding expansion has sparked another round of negotiations with the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

WCHA athletic directors asked commissioner Bruce McLeod to re-negotiate some terms with the school that the league wants to apply for membership to expand the league to 12 teams.

In order to sweeten the pot for Omaha, McLeod was given leverage in April to possibly reduce the membership fee and to cut Omaha in on postseason revenue earlier than past new members. Those terms appear to be the center of the discussions.

Athletic directors were tight-lipped on Thursday about the nature of their discussions, but McLeod told the Duluth News Tribune that the ongoing talks could lead to some kind of an announcement as early as today.

McLeod was in contact with Omaha on Thursday.

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Bemidji State applied for admission in March, but the league put its application on hold, while searching for a 12th team. Omaha has become the No. 1 target and Bemidji State, which will be without a conference after the upcoming season, is closely following the negotiations.

"(McLeod) is going to present options the WCHA agreed on during the conference call," Bemidji State athletic director Rick Goeb told the Bemidji Pioneer. "The league has now given him more direction on what's acceptable as far as terms of a possible agreement. The ball is in UNO's court now. It's their call if they want to accept the recommendations."

The Grand Forks Herald and The Forum are both owned by Forum Communications Co.

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