Lottery Ads Not Welcome At University Sporting Venues

The president of the University of North Carolina says state campuses shouldn't allow ads for the state lottery at sporting events because they encourage gambling.

The contracts between the lottery and the universities expired last week. UNC President Erskine Bowles asked chancellors not to renew contracts.

Gary Sobba, general manager of Tar Heel Sports Marketing, said the lottery could advertise on college sports broadcasts by going through radio stations. But media officials are trying to get clarification.

Sobba said public universities in neighboring Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee have advertising programs with their state lotteries.

The lottery has spent more than 385-thousand dollars with seven universities in the last nine months. Lottery officials say it is puzzling that the universities would turn down a good source of income.