FOIA- Michigan State and Fox Sports contracts

Josh Israel filed this request with the Michigan State University of Michigan.


From: Josh Israel

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Michigan Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

All contracts between Michigan State University and Fox Sports, FOX Sports College Properties, and/ or Home Team Sports since January 1, 2016 and the date your office processes this request.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes. I am a reporter with ThinkProgress, an online publication covering politics and policy in Washington, DC.

Please provide expedited processing of this request which concerns a matter of urgency. As a journalist, I am primarily engaged in disseminating information. The public has an urgent need for this information because it addresses an issue of national importance and is in regard to the university’s efforts to enforce Title IX.

I request a waiver of all fees considering I work for a news organization with a significant Michigan readership and this is involving a story of high local interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

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 filed 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 5 business days, as the statute requires. If you have any questions about this request, please contact me via phone or email.


Danielle McLean
Investigative Reporter
202- 741- 6247

From: Michigan State University

This is sent in reply to the April 6, 2021, and April 21, 2021, emails below inquiring as to the status of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted via email on April 19, 2018, by Danielle McLean to Michigan State University. Within the deadlines prescribed by the Michigan Freedom of Information Act (MIFOIA), a FOIA response was emailed to requester McLean on May 11, 2018, in reply to her April 19, 2018, FOIA request. A copy of that response is forwarded here. Pursuant to Section 4(4) of the MIFOIA, the University's procedures and guidelines for processing MIFOIA requests can be found at

Michigan State University
Freedom of Information Act Office
408 W. Circle Drive
Room 1, Olds Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824