SEC Commissioner Says Razorback Sports Bring Economic Value

outheastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey told an overflow audience at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce’s 152nd annual meeting that collegiate athletics brings great “economic value” to major universities such as the University of Arkansas and other SEC schools.

Sankey made his remarks during a question-and-answer session with Little Rock sports personality and former Razorback football player David Bazzel at the chamber meeting. Sankey was asked about the oversized pay packages and parachute deals for college football coaches in the SEC and other major universities.

“I am concerned about that, and I think it would be wrong not to express concern,” Sankey told Bazzel. “But I also balance that any number of lawyers who are affiliated with boards (know) we have anti-trust laws that prohibit the ability to govern the economics of that piece. It is a competitive marketplace for coaches and institutions, and boards of trustees and (university) president leadership … are going to make decisions that are right for that particular setting and they have to have the ability to do so.”  MORE

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