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Chick-fil-A Almost Had Its Own Football Stadium | Gawker

CHICAGO - JANUARY 12:  Chick-fil-A restaurant, in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 12, 2013  (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs
CHICAGO - JANUARY 12: Chick-fil-A restaurant, in Chicago, Illinois on JANUARY 12, 2013 (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Pity the suburban commuter school that goes belly-up trying to spend its way to college-football greatness, then looks to cover its bet with shady stadium-naming rights. Pity the Florida Atlantic University Owls.

In February, the Boca Raton-based choice of teens and lifetime learners everywhere—if "everywhere" is a 35-mile radius around Boca Raton—announced a $6 million deal to name its shiny almost-new stadium after GEO Group, the world's largest for-profit prison operator. Alas, the so-called Owlcatraz Stadium deal quickly fell through after critics pointed out that GEO Group had a dead-prisoner problem.

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