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FAU Selling Stadium Rights to a Prison Group??

A report on CBSSports.com says Florida Atlantic is selling the naming rights to its new stadium to a private prison management group with a shady past.

The report, crediting owlaccess.com, says the GEO Group is reportedly entering into a marketing agreement with the university which would include naming rights to the $70 million football stadium, which opened in 2011.

But the group doesn’t have a great reputation because of a string of lawsuits that has resulted in millions of dollars paid out.  The most notorious involved Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Mississippi.

Not many people however, will make the connection between the name of the company and its operations.

Craig Angelos was fired last year as athletics director at FAU, in part because he was unable to procure naming rights to the stadium, which was approved back in 2008.  He was replaced by Pat Chun who came to FAU after time as an assistant AD at The Ohio State University.

The agreement is believed to be valued at a minimum of five million dollars.

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