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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351821

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Florida State University is privatizing its athletics department, shielding it from public-records requests and treating it like a corporation rather than a traditional state university department.

The school touted the move as an opportunity to streamline the relationship between the athletics department and Seminoles Booster, Inc., the fundraising arm of the athletics department. The change alters a set-up that gave a booster group an unusually prominent role in fundraising for an athletic department, granting considerable power to a third-party group.

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351823

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otis wrote: Florida State University is privatizing its athletics department, shielding it from public-records requests and treating it like a corporation rather than a traditional state university department.

The school touted the move as an opportunity to streamline the relationship between the athletics department and Seminoles Booster, Inc., the fundraising arm of the athletics department. The change alters a set-up that gave a booster group an unusually prominent role in fundraising for an athletic department, granting considerable power to a third-party group.

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I don’t think this is merely a ‘state-school’ option.
I would think private schools could also structure their athletic departments like this.
This may well unleash the beasts in college recruiting...and ironically, make the NCAA wholly toothless.
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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351824

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Seems like a move that reflects the power and influence of sports in colleges.

Are these sports organizations taxable entities? Seems like they should be.

Does the head of the university have any control over hiring of the coaches?

Are the players required to be students?

Who owns the existing academic facilities?

Not convinced this will work in the long run.

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351826

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Steve Knortz wrote: Seems like a move that reflects the power and influence of sports in colleges.

Are these sports organizations taxable entities? Seems like they should be.

Does the head of the university have any control over hiring of the coaches?

Are the players required to be students?

Who owns the existing academic facilities?

Not convinced this will work in the long run.


Interesting questions and an interesting move by Florida State. The truth is universities long ceased being, if they ever were, institutions where education was the top priority. They are businesses that sell “education” for profit. Now, I have a very jaded view of them because I made a conscious decision after high school to not attend college. I felt I could educate myself better than any third party “for profit” organization and, luckily, it worked for me. The lack of a diploma meant I had to follow a different route to financial stability but I was able to do that. Hard work, an aggressive personality, and a natural, probably genetic, desire to learn coupled with the extremely good fortune of having people support me at key times through the years served me well. Not sure of my point here, but I do a considerable amount of hiring of young people and it sickens me to hear horror story after horror story of the debt recent graduates come out of school with. On top of that many learn little of “the real world” and come out of school unprepared for that transition. My criteria for hiring is almost exclusively based on trying to recognize work ethic and pride of accomplishment, if someone has those, they can learn what they need to learn on the job. Again, maybe a rambling no point post, but to relate to the topic, this move by Florida State does not surprise me, just follow the money.

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351827

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If this shields FS from having to make their records public, think of the chicanery they can get away with; does the NCAA have any regulatory oversight any longer; will the athletic department be required to share their profits with the school at large; does this cap amounts of money, which might be paid out in the event of law suits brought by injured players, or their parents; does this cut off ALL tax monies going into FS athletics?

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 1 day ago #351829

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Joe Tempesta wrote: If this shields FS from having to make their records public, think of the chicanery they can get away with; does the NCAA have any regulatory oversight any longer; will the athletic department be required to share their profits with the school at large; does this cap amounts of money, which might be paid out in the event of law suits brought by injured players, or their parents; does this cut off ALL tax monies going into FS athletics?


Private schools don’t have to make their records public. Allowing a part of a State entity to be “immune” from public records law is radical “interesting” especially when it does not involve safety and security concerns.

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 21 hours ago #351846

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What could possibly go wrong?
Next; NCAA puts power five schools on the "Honor System."

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Florida State to privatize its athletics department 1 week 21 hours ago #351847

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Steve Knortz wrote: Seems like a move that reflects the power and influence of sports in colleges.

Are these sports organizations taxable entities? Seems like they should be.

Does the head of the university have any control over hiring of the coaches?

Are the players required to be students?

Who owns the existing academic facilities?

Not convinced this will work in the long run.


Great questions indeed Steve.
Did you mean: Who owns the athletic facilities?
But I guess the boosters 'own' these whole Universities
As Logen said, it is indeed: follow the money"..
Lol.

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