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UA, foundation emails show messaging team-up

By Eric Besson , Aziza Musa

This article was originally published March 21, 2018 at 4:30 a.m. Updated March 21, 2018 at 11:20 a.m.

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Razorback Foundation executive director Scott Varady is shown in a 2016 file photo.

A spokesman encouraged the Razorback Foundation to sidestep questions, one of several instances of the nonprofit and university coordinating on messaging.

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workerman says... March 21, 2018 at 7:50 a.m.

You’ve found it! Collusion! Collusion between the athletic department and the foundation!

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hah406 says... March 21, 2018 at 8:34 a.m.

And the ADG's vendetta against U of A athletics, a completely self-supported operation, goes on...

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NoUserName says... March 21, 2018 at 10:06 a.m.

The foundation improperly SKIRTS state law. This is simply MORE proof. And taxpayers subsidize it (before some idiot comes along, donations to a NPO are tax deductible....or were). Why do some not care? Because it's the razorbacks?

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Whippersnapper says... March 21, 2018 at 10:44 a.m.

If the Foundation is truly a separate entity, they should have no right to sell access to tickets to Razorback games unless the opportunity to be the re-seller is put out for public bid (I am fairly certain that they wouldn't deny that this is worth way more than the price limit for requiring bids from a public entity). This fact alone demonstrates that the Foundation is acting as an arm of the University in an attempt to skirt the FOIA law.
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Not only that, but this would appear to be in direct violation of state procurement law:
19-11-211. Obligation of good faith.
Every contract or duty within this subchapter imposes an obligation of good faith in its performance or enforcement. “Good faith” means honesty in fact in the conduct or transaction concerned and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.
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If this isn't an explicit attempt at dishonesty in conduct, what is?

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drs01 says... March 21, 2018 at 2:46 p.m.

The Razorback Foundation is a private organization that extorts money for preferred seating in a stadium or arena built and maintained by taxpayer revenues. It's legalized extortion. It's wrong.
The University of Arkansas' mission is education, not sports.

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