Ocean State University’s (OSU) development staff has engaged in conversations with an engineering company that recently moved its headquarters in the locale of OSU’s campus. The top executives of this company are big college sports fans and would like to commit to donating a designated dollar amount every time one of OSU’s teams earns a top 10 national ranking.
Is it permissible for OSU to accept funds from this company based on this parameter?
Yes. NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 states that a member institution may accept funds donated to its athletics program from a nonprofessional sports organization based on an individual’s or a team’s national or regional ranking. (Revised: 1/9/06 effective 8/1/06)
Jennifer M. Condaras
Deputy Commissioner, NCAA Relations & Administration
Colonial Athletic Association
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