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The University of North Dakota 300 Twamley Hall 274 Centennial Drive Stop 8193 Grand Forks, North Dakota 58202-8193 October 29, 2010 To: Fr: Re: Robert 0. Kelley, President The University of North Dakota Douglas Fullerton, Commissioner Big Sky Conference Core Membership in the Big Sky Conference

On behalf of the Presidents of the Big Sky Conference, I am pleased to offer an invitation to join the Big Sky Conference as a core member. This membership shall be considered active immediately upon the receipt of your acceptance of this offer; however, it is understood that the institutions currently competing within the Big Sky Conference as well as the invited institutions may have obligations described by current contracts that limit the flexibility of an immediate full Conference schedule. It is the intention of the Conference to facilitate a full Conference schedule as quickly as is practical. By signing this letter, you acknowledge that you have had the opportunity to discuss the details of this offer as well as your details and obligations of membership in the Big Sky Conference. This includes, but is not limited to, the financial obligations of a $250,000 non-refundable entrance fee as well as annual dues to the Conference of $30,000. In addition there shall be a one-time payment of your share of Conference equity (currently $70,000). Note: Payment of the entrance fee and share of Conference equity may be paid in two payments of S160,000.00 each, due August 1, 2012 and August 1, 2013.

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All other Big Sky Conference Code language regarding core membership shall be in force including the regulations regarding student-athletes and their participation in Big Sky Conference events. We are very excited about the possibilities of this new Conference partnership. We all look forward to many rewarding years of participation by your fine institution. ACCEPTED: Big Sky Conference The University of North Dakota

By: Da glas B. Fullertor Commissioner Date:

By: Robert 0. Kelley President Date:


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