NCAA denies Bradley's Appeal

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An NCAA staff review committee ruled Thursday that the Braves nickname creates an environment where fans, opponents and others can exhibit behavior hostile and abusive to Native Americans.
The Florida State Seminoles, Central Michigan Chippewas and Utah Utes were exempted because of support from local American Indian tribes. An appeal by the North Dakota Fighting Sioux was rejected because it did not have the backing of Sioux tribes in the state. Illinois is awaiting a decision on its bid to be removed from the list.