|Submitted||July 6, 2016|
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To Whom It May Concern:
Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, §10, I hereby request the following records:
Currently seeking all athletics expenditures from 2004 to the present regarding all UMass' schools' (Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell) athletics departments, including the total amount spent per school in a given year, and what the funds were spent on, including the amounts spent on student-athlete scholarships and coaching salaries, facility upgrades, sponsorship and partnering deals, and conference affiliation-related revenues and expenditures. Also searching for revenue figures generated by the four athletics departments from 2004 to the present.
I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.
I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.
In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.
Dear Ms. Connaughton:
I am responding to your public records request of July 6, 2016, included below, regarding Athletic Department finances for the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Please note that each UMass campus manages its own athletics programs and maintains separate records. I only have access to records at UMass Amherst. To request records from other UMass campuses, you should contact each of them directly.
The UMass Amherst records attached are the annual NCAA Financial Reports from 2004 to present, which is a consistent and comprehensive set of documents covering the period that you requested. The report for 2016 will not be completed until next year, per standard procedure.
Executive Director of Strategic Communications
and Special Assistant
to the Vice Chancellor for University Relations
Amherst, MA 01003