My Report of NCAA Booster Violations, at Oregon, UNLV, and Arizona, Based Upon Avenatti Trial Testimony

Avenatti
February 3, 2020

Rob Mullens

University of Oregon Athletics Director

Eugene Oregon
Dave Meeke

University of Arizona Athletics Director
Tucson Arizona

Desiree Don Reed-Francois

UNLV Athletics Director
Las Vegas, NV
NCAA Enforcement
Indianapolis, Indiana
Re: Report concerning potential violations of NCAA ‘Booster’ bylaws by Nike

Dear AD Mullens, AD Meeke, and AD Reed-Francois, and NCAA:

This letter is to report that January 2020 testimony in the Avenatti trial, including, but not limited to, the testimony of Nike attorney Scott Wilson, suggests that Nike made payments to recruits (Bol Bol, Brandon McCoy, and Deandre Ayton), in violation of NCAA bylaws, in order to induce such players to enroll at schools with which Nike maintained ongoing product-supply-and-promotion contracts. See this article by Adam Zagoria, from the Raleigh News & Observer: ““Nike consultant testifies players were paid; shoe company lawyer doesn’t deny it.”

With respect to Oregon, UNLV, and Arizona:

1. Each such school has long been a ‘Nike’ school, bound by multi-million dollar contracts with Nike which supplied product, and mandated that the school and its players engage in product promotion.

2. Nike was a “booster,” pursuant to the terms of NCAA bylaw 13, because Nike “participated in . . .promoting the university’s athletics programs.”

3. Nike’s payments to recruits who eventually attended your schools materially violated NCAA bylaws, but also the Nike-School contract, which mandates that Nike comply with all NCAA bylaws.

4. Prima facie evidence from January 2020 Avenatti trial suggests that Nike engaged in recruiting activities, on behalf of your respective schools, in order to induce player attendance at each such school, in violation of NCAA bylaws.

5. That evidence also suggests that Nike must be ‘disassociated’ from each of your respective schools, because, as a booster, it has engaged activities which violate NCAA bylaws. It also suggests that the NCAA should utilize its plenary power to significantly sanction each such school, for gaining competitive advantage in violation of NCAA bylaws.

Thank you for your attention to this.
Wm Wilson Esq

About brewonsouthu

lawyer, with interest in college sports and NCAA oversight and decisions, and sports generally.
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