Nike hasn't called and told us when to start our games. Athletes don't miss classes because of Nike. If intercollegiate athletics has sold its soul, it wasn't to shoe and apparel companies. They sold it a long time ago, to television.
—Joe Roberson, Athletic Director at the University of Michigan until August 1997
Yes, I fear for where this is going. If corporate America keeps involving itself with amateur athletics, if we keep allowing companies to own the schools, then you're going to be in trouble.
—Sonny Vaccaro, the architect of Nike's recruitment/endorsement network
A tax-deductible donation to the MAC entitles a member to a long list of benefits… MAC accepts contributions by various methods: cash, securities, real estate, personal property, wills/trusts, life insurance, and matching gifts from employers…. Members of MAC receive priority on their purchase of football and basketball tickets. Seats are assigned according to the level of contribution…. A $3,000 contribution could earn a Director's Club status for one year, or a Gold Club for five years.
—1996 Promotional Brochure of the Mountaineer Athletic Club [MAC] of the University of West Virginia
The Goal Line Club (GLC) is a service organization that exists for the sole purpose of promoting and supporting the University of Minnesota Football Program….GLC members assist the University of Minnesota Football Program in securing summer jobs for student athletes…. GLC members organize a luncheon held prior to every