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ACLU Calls On FAU To Reconsider Stadium Naming-Rights Deal With Prison Company
Published February 22, 2013
THE NAME GAME: Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert weighed in on the controversial deal during Thursday's episode of "The Colbert Report." He said, “My favorite thing about sports is stadiums named after corporations. It’s win-win. The teams get money and the corporations get advertising that really works. I mean, going to Coors Field makes me crave the Silver Bullet, and anytime I go see the Patriots play at Gillette Stadium I am as hairless as a newborn mole rat. But I was especially -- especially! -- pumped about the latest company to get in on the stadium naming action.” Colbert noted the deal between FAU and the GEO Group and said, "That’s right! A private prison company is sponsoring a sports venue. It’s just like Bank of America Stadium, only this company believes in punishment for crime.” He noted how fans "all across the country love ‘Free Hat Day.'" Colbert: "So think how much they’ll love ‘Free Shiv From A Broken Spoon Night. ... America needs more integration of athletics and for-profit private incarceration. I mean, the Chinese are way ahead of us on this” (“The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central, 2/21).