Wed Feb 20, 2013, 12:27 AM
busterbrown (3,869 posts)
It never ends!!! Florida Atlantic Football Stadium named after Private Prison Company
named for Private Prison company
Source: Huffington Post..
Written by Chris Kirkhand
For more than two years, Florida Atlantic University has been searching for the name of a corporate sponsor to adorn its new 30,000-seat, palm-ringed football stadium.
The public university on Tuesday announced an unconventional partner: the nation's second-largest operator of for-profit prisons, the GEO Group Inc. The newly christened GEO Group Stadium came as part of a $6 million donation from the prison company's charitable foundation, which will be paid out to Florida Atlantic over 12 years.
America has a long tradition of unusual corporate athletic sponsorships -- Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena and Houston's Enron Field (now Minute Maid Park) come to mind. But the GEO Group Stadium puzzled several experienced sports marketing experts.
Stadium sponsorships usually involve a product that a company wants to market to consumers: Cars, in the case of the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans; or bank services, with Citi Field in New York. GEO Group's customers are government agencies offering contracts. Prisoners don't have a choice of where they land behind bars.
"It appears to be a charitable gift that is trying to be a marketing vehicle, and it just doesn't make a lot of sense," said Paul Swangard, managing director of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon's business school. "To link themselves with an athletic department when their business is locking people up, it just doesn't connect to me really well."
Critics of the private prison industry said the donation to a public university in Florida falls in line with efforts to gain influence with state and local public officials who decide whether to hand out contracts.
Jesus Christ...It never ends!
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It never ends!!! Florida Atlantic Football Stadium named after Private Prison Company (Original post)
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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 07:49 AM
LiberalFighter (31,787 posts)
2. Since they are so interested in marketing and receiving the big bucks from anyone.
There needs to be slogans created for them.
FAU preparing you for life in prison.