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Paying for UL's new football academic center.
Jurich is one of best fundraisers this state has ever seen. He has relationships with pretty much everyone.
And I read all the time excuses made by some that UL gets the benefit of so many donations just because corporations are primarily located within the city of Louisville, and Lexington/the rest of the state does not have that many. Don't need a map to know that Loretto Ky is far from UL, and in the heart of the state with 99% UK fans.
Makers Mark is now owned by Fortune Brands/Beam Inc...
Not sure I really want UK buildings with alcohol brands on them.
Neither the makers mark name nor logo will be on the facility. I've toured the university of arkansas' football academic center in their stadium. It's a huge recruiting tool and is just another feather in the cap of the big time football arms race.
Would an SEC school be allowed to be sponsored by Makers, or any alcohol realted company?
I'm glad the bottle of Makers I have is almost empty. I'll have to be switching back to a steady diet of Woodford, and Wild Turkey rare breed.
This post was edited by Catmando 21 months ago
UK has had one of the top academic centers in the SEC since the mid-late 90's. The "cats" center as it is called is an absolute show-piece. How do I know? I worked there when I was in under-grad in the late 90's early 2000's. UofL is just catching up with this.
It's an academic center for all louisville sports.
Just like UL, pairing alcohol, and academics! Boy do they know their student atheletes well!
That is located in football stadium. Cats center was very nice a decade ago , but also all the way accross campus from the football facilities, unlike U of L which is next to the training facilities
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by OptimusBlue5716 21 months ago
Bourbon is part of the fabric of Kentucky. Its not about alcoholism or 1920's temperance ridiculousness. It's 2012...
I would submit that the center should be closer to where the athletes live as opposed to the stadium. Either way, uofl is catching up with this.
Makers Mark is in business to make money, as any other business. They aren't restricted to selling to just UK fans. They can support anybody, or, anything they want. Do you think the companies that make UK gear, make it for UK only? Obviously, some people on here don't know much about running a business.
ukblueforever is correct. Makers has donated to other college campus' across the state as well. Muchadoaboutnothing here. Woodford Reserve also donated to the KFC Yum! Ctr I believe and there is a "woodford reserve room".
What does that mean exactly? The only reason UK does not benefit from alcohol sponsors is because of the SEC rule. If not for that, they would be all over this as well.
Matt Jones called UK's Jay Blanton yesterday live on his show who confirmed that uk could in fact accept donations from makers mark or other companies involved in alcohol production.
That's a nice pro franchise Jurich has over there: facilities built on the backs of the taxpayers, whored out to every corporate dollar you can find and running a deficit.
Maybe he should run for public office?
UK really needs to hit up the corporate sponsors around the state. Jurich must be doing some fuzzy math with his accounting practices or will this be another thing that the taxpayers get to pay for ultimately like the YUM center?
Nothing fuzzy about this. Makers Mark is gifting $8 million towards UL athletics. Let's be honest, this is really just a football gift. UK confirmed that they could in fact have accepted this or similar gifts from companies involved in the booze business if offered.
What is the value for Makers Mark to contribute to UK -- as a business? UK and the SECOND does not allow alcohol sales while the BE and UL does? How much MM product gets sold at Papa John's and YUM? This a business deal IMO and not just a gifting.
UK is not going to get this type of contribution IMO, because the business value to the business is not there. If the SEC changes their bylaws, then the story changes.
This is not a specific fund-raising 'issue' IMO.
I'd vote for him. Bastard gets it done.
Yep he is awesome. Had a chance to go to the Big12 but instead stayed in a conference that is dead.
Is he a great fundraiser? Yes. Is he a good leader? Maybe. But he has a few questionable decisions while there. And when it comes down to it. Which AD had the best overall performance on the field?
Good post most people fail to realize these points. What happens to UL when they dont get in the major conferences? He can build all he wants, its lipstick on a pig if UL gets left out.
Incorrect. The facility costs $8million but Makers Mark is only donating $500,000 towards that cost but in all actuality, MM is just donating sales that come from the bottle with Charlie Strong on it so really their not digging much into their pockets at all. It's basically free advertising for them. Folks that might not normally buy a bottle of MM is going to do so with Strong being on it and those folks could become new consumers for the future.
Minter never lets facts get in the way of his agenda
Bottom line? It's not makers mark. It's fortune/beam corp making the donation in the no of it's subsidiary mm. Second bottom line? Uofl is 12 years behind building this.
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