The relationship between future UNC-CH trustees and college sports gambling involves some board members.


Sports betting company Draft Kings Inc. Executives will be the new trustees of UNC Chapel Hill, which involves some UNC Systems Board members.

Malcolm Turner Responsible for strategy and corporate development Draft Kings, One of the world’s leading online fantasy sports companies, where fans can also bet on NCAA College Sports.

“I wonder if it’s most appropriate to have a relationship with the UNC board or the university that runs the sports program,” Art Pope said at a governance committee Wednesday.

“The fact of the matter is that DraftKings promotes sports betting on college sports, and I don’t think it’s appropriate,” said the Pope that he’s okay with the company itself. Pointed out.

The Pope said Turner has a great resume, but in this case the Pope has problems with Turner’s current profession.

Board member Steve Long also expressed concern. In particular, this is a new issue recently approved in North Carolina. Legalize professional and amateur sports gambling Through the 2018 Supreme Court proceedings. Sports betting is legal Only in tribal casinos in North Carolina, state legislators That bill Allows sports gambling in professional, college, electronic and amateur sports.

Mr Long said his hesitation had nothing to do with “good” candidates. Mr Long said he believes sports betting executives should not join the board just because there is a clear conflict of interest.

“In reality, these boards are involved in college athletics,” Long said with the approval of the coaching contract. UNC-CH academic and athletic scandal.

He and the Pope proposed that the Commission hold votes until the next meeting for further discussion to gain input from other Board members and UNC-CH Councilors.

However, after about 15 minutes of discussion, the Commission approved the candidate slate, including Turner. The board can discuss his appointment at the board meeting on Thursday.

Several directors, including Pearl Ballis Floyd, Mark Holton, and Philip Byers, strongly supported Turner’s appointment and promoted his academic and professional background.

Turner graduated from UNC-CH and earned a joint JD and MBA degree from Harvard University. Turner is a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, Moreheadkine Scholarship Student, who received the Ernest L. McKee Award for personality, scholarship, and leadership at UNC-CH.

Prior to DraftKings, he was Vanderbilt University Vice President and Athletics Director, NBA G League President, Wasserman Media Group Managing Director, and Senior Vice President of Onsports, a North Carolina-based sports and entertainment consulting firm. I was the president.

Vanderbilt Athletic Director Malcolm Turner announced at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, April 8, 2019 that he has hired Jerry Stackhouse as his new basketball coach for the school.

Vanderbilt Athletic Director Malcolm Turner announced at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee on Monday, April 8, 2019 that he has hired Jerry Stackhouse as his new basketball coach for the school.

Potential conflict of interest

Board members submit a statement on financial interests to the State Ethics Commission. The Pope said he found that there were no actual conflicts of interest, but potential conflicts of interest.

Randy Ramsey said he had received these letters from the State Ethics Commission for each member of the BOG and the Board. He said that “potential conflicts” are rarely seen, and that at least two out of 100 people do not have that distinction this year.

Ramsey acknowledged the concern, but said college fiduciaries were isolated from the prime minister’s athletics decision. He interviewed Turner and said he further expressed his support.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with the gentleman and his integrity, and I think he would be a great member,” Ramsey said.

DraftKings lobbyist board member David Powers admitted that Turner worked for one of his clients, but said he didn’t know him personally and didn’t appoint him to this position. It was.

Powers is the chairman of the Governance Committee, which approves the appointment of trustees. He left the meeting to discuss and vote on the appointment of trustees at UNC Chapel Hill and the University of East Carolina.

“Pay close attention to perceived conflicts of interest,” Powers rejected himself, saying he would do the same in a board-wide vote on Thursday.

University trustees and athletics

The Pope acknowledged that there was a separation between the trustee and the athletics program and that members could decline themselves. But he said college sports are now facing major changes. He quoted an ongoing lawsuit on college students’ right to control their portrait images and questions about compensation restrictions.

The Pope said there was a problem that the fiduciary might be dealing with affecting college sports. He also mentioned UNC-CH’s academic and athletic scandals involving the Board through legal issues and consultant costs and investigations.

“Unfortunately, Chapel Hill has a history of this,” said the Pope.

Board member Mark Holton said he believes Turner’s work in the controversial industry should not obscure his experience and qualifications.

Holton said people in other states are betting on UNC games today and everything he reads suggests that the trend will continue to grow. He sees Turner’s work at DraftKings as a potential benefit to the board because he has a “frontline view of what’s changing in the world.”

Board members acknowledged their qualifications and briefly discussed the appointment of each trustee at several UNC Systems Universities. The entire board will vote on a list of school appointments at a meeting on Thursday.