Today, in fine for me, but not for thee

Reader and occasional commenter RaleighwoodDawg sends along one of those “it’s what’s on the front of the jersey that matters” stories.

UNC has had a long working relationship with Nike and is close to completing a new, highly lucrative deal with the sports apparel giant.

The current Nike contract, worth about $36.85 million to the university the past 10 years, is a public record. Financial details of the upcoming extension, likely to be for 10 years and expected to be signed this month, also will be made public.

UNC basketball coach Roy Williams and football coach Larry Fedora have separate, personal service contracts with Nike but are not required to disclose the value of their deals.

Personal service contracts?  Um… wait… I thought you said…

UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said the coaches’ personal services contracts are allowed by the university.

“The University’s agreement with Nike recognizes that coaches may enter into personal services agreements with Nike,” Cunningham said. “The University has determined that those agreements do not present a conflict of interest.”

Asked if Williams’ lengthy association with Nike – Williams had a Nike deal while coach at Kansas – in any way influenced negotiations for a new apparel contract, Cunningham said, “No, it did not.”

Cunningham said he is “familiar” with the terms of each coach’s personal contract, saying he reviews the agreements but does not retain copies.

Sounds perfectly kosher to me, at least as long as you can ignore that whole conflict of interest thing.  Which it appears the AD has no problem doing.  For coaches, that is.  It would be a complete disaster to let a player sign one of those puppies.  College sports must be pure!


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9 responses to “Today, in fine for me, but not for thee

  1. Dawg1

    Many cities have set up their own LLCs to operate their fire or police departments, for instance, and then claim they are not subject to FOIA as “private” companies.

    Not sure the current state of the legalities in that, as I am sure it will get nixed by the courts eventually, but you have to admire our public servants’ chutzpah nevertheless!


  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    “Personal services”? I like that. Roy is a swoosh model.

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  3. Gaskilldawg

    Yeah, Bubba. When you want to explore a better deal from Addidas the personal service contracts the head coaches of the two most profitable sports have with Nike will not affect your ability to strike a deal with Addidas. The genius level of college ADs never ceases to amaze.


  4. The other Doug

    Why would you allow an employee to enter into a separate contract with a supplier? This is like Jeff Bezos allowing a VP to enter into a personal contract with FedEx.


  5. steve

    ‘Today, in fine for me, but not for thee’ = The American Way.
    Roy Williams is the world’s best teacher of head fakes. Why shouldn’t he employ them off the court?
    Fedora is a world-class putz who probably wears a shock collar every other Saturday night.


  6. ASEF

    Dean donated the entirety of the personal services contract to the university. Roy does something similar but doesn’t publicize it.

    UNC and Nike and Jordan have had a symbiotic relationship for two decades now. UNC holds a lot of leverage over Nike via the Jordan relationship.

    And yes, it is ridiculous that athletes with NCAA connections are forbidden from doing what everyone else is doing, inclus8ng younger athletes in other sports.


  7. Macallanlover

    Not a fan of the coaches having a personal services contract with a supplier. As with the athlete, the school is the brand, not the person individually.


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