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Volume 24 No. 156
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Nike Paid Howard Slusher $1.5M For Campus Expansion Management Role

Nike last year paid "longtime Phil Knight confidant" Howard Slusher $1.525M "for his management of the company's World Headquarters expansion," according to a regulatory filing cited by Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Nike "paid for health and life insurance policies totaling $129,801" for Slusher "following expiration of the agreement." Slusher, the father of Nike Exec VP/Global Sports Marketing John Slusher, previously "helped oversee the construction of the Matthew Knight Arena and Football Performance Center" at the Univ. of Oregon. Meanwhile, the regulatory finding also showed that Nike "employs three" of Nike CEO Mark Parker's siblings "in non-executive roles." The company is also paying Georgetown Univ. basketball coach John Thompson III "base compensation of $200,000 annually and up to $112,000 per year of product and merchandise, for use by him, the basketball staff and team" (Portland OREGONIAN, 7/26).