As a 2011 graduate of Florida Atlantic University’s MBA Sport Management program, I have eagerly followed the progress of the football stadium project, and I understand how attractive the naming rights deal with GEO Group must be. However, I believe that moving forward with this deal would be disastrous from both ethical and public relations perspectives.
GEO Group’s record of human rights violations, physical and sexual abuse, and neglect has received considerable media attention since the announcement. The company’s response, repeatedly censoring accurate and properly cited information from its Wikipedia page, reveals a lack of transparency. Partnering with an organization that conceals evidence of its own unethical conduct would contradict the ideals of the university. It would also be bad business.
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