SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -Those who cherish the art of the deal
might look at the upcoming BCS title game between Oregon and Auburn as a matchup between mega boosters Phil Knight and Bobby Lowder.
Knight is the founder and chairman of Nike, and is said to have
given more than $200 million to Oregon athletics over the last
quarter century. Lowder is the founder and former CEO of
Alabama-based Colonial Bank, and has written checks to Auburn over
the past three decades totaling deep into eight figures.
Together they are considered two of the most powerful boosters
in the nation.
Some say mega boosters like Knight and Lowder are good for
college sports because they turn them into self-sustaining
enterprises. Other say they do little more than feed into the
big-money extravagance of the games and give select people an
inappropriate amount of power at the schools where they donate.
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