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Cart before the Horse: RCS Sports Association Operating a Shell Game [Again]?

28 Apr

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WTH! Is the RCS Sports Association Operating Illegally Again?

RCS Sports Association Has it Ass-End-Backwards AGAIN

RCS Sports Association
Has it Ass-End-Backwards
AGAIN

The RCS Sports Association is selling Raffle tickets for something they don’t have: permission to build a new concession stand. Have they done all the preparation necessary to get permission for the stand? Or are they operating illegally again. Is it time to get their non-profit status taken away permanently?

fraudOperating a concession on RCS CSD property, public property, is open to anyone or any organization that satisfies the RCS CSD standard policy for operating a stand or booth on the property. It does not grant monopoly status. Furthermore, the last time we heard, to operate a concession on the school property you had to go through the formal proposal process, provide up-to-date documentation of your organization, your officers, your financial status, your tax status, detailed operation plans, insurance coverage, etc. Our investigations show, at least up to the time of this posting, that none of the above has been done by the District or by the RCS Sports Association. Why not?!?

Based on past RCS Sports Association practices, we’d also like to ask whom the RCS Sports Association is backing in the upcoming elections and whether they are using Association funds to underwrite any campaign. If anyone has that information, we’d appreciate it if you’d let us know.

The RCS Sports Association Raffle TicketLegal or Fraud?

The RCS Sports Association Raffle Ticket
Legal or Fraud?

We have purchased a RCS Sports Association raffle ticket for $20. The tickets are allegedly being sold to raise funds for a new concession stand. Now that we have a ticket in our possession, we need to ask several questions:
 
Our investigations have shown that apparently

  • there has been no public bidding for the 2013-2014 year for any concessions for the RCS school district;
  • the RCS Sports Association does not yet have authorization or approval to construct a new concession stand on RCS school property;
  • the RCS Sports Association has not yet presented a plan to the RCS board of education informing the board of such a plan or the plan has not been publicized for public comment;
  • there has been no public information put out that the RCS Sports Association is authorized to sell raffle tickets impliedly representing or that they have approval and authority to construct a new concession stand, and representing the implied endorsement of the RCS CSD (“implied endorsement” is giving the impression that you have endorsement but really don’t);
  • the RCS Sports Association has apparently not submitted to the RCS CSD or to the RCS board of education architectural or business plans, estimates, etc. for such a project.
  • The RCS Sports Association, although it has no official connection with the RCS CSD and is not endorsed by the RCS CSD, further misrepresents its implied connection and endorsement by misusing the RCS mascot logo on the ticket. Who gave them permission to use the RCS sports teams logo on their association material?
RCS Indians Mascot
RCS Indians Mascot
Being Misused?
  • And the list goes on!

Isn’t the District procedure to request proposals for such a project or for concession operators? Or has that procedure been waived (= forgotten) for special cases?

Has the RCS Sports Association filed all the necessary paperwork to operate on RCS CSD property, public property? As public property, there is no such thing as favoritism and anyone who can satisfy the requirements, the same requirements applied to the RCS Sports Association, can operate a concession on the school property. Right? So maybe we all should go out and sell raffle tickets for our hotdog stand, or our pizza cart, or our nachos booth! Sounds like a plan if we all operate like the RCS Sports association!
 

The Only Way RCS Knows

The Only Way RCS Knows

Putting the Cart before the Horse: It looks like the RCS Sports Association, an organization that has no  official relationship with the RCS Central School District and is not an RCS CSD department, is up to its old tricks again. Has the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District again lost control of the arrogant maverick calling itself the RCS Sports Association? Is the RCS district being set up by the RCS Sports Association for another embarassment, another scandal?

We are asking the RCS CSD why this situation exists and is allowed to go on. Haven’t we learned anything in the past about how the RCS Sports Association operates? Has the RCS CSD again lost control of this gang who are not officially associated with the school district yet act like they’re running things?

One of our readers asked about the rules attached to the ticket, so we’re reproducing them here and commenting on them below:

Rules

(1) Winning numbers are determined by the three “3” numbers of the NEW YORK State Evening Pick – 3 Lottery as matched to the number appearing in the box located on each calendar. Each calendar acquired will have a unique 3 – digit number. (2) All cash winnings will be determined by the amount of money indicated on each day of the calendar. (3) All numbers are played straight as drawn. (4) All winners will be paid in a timely fashion. (5) The State of NEW YORK may have bonus days. On those days, the first three “3” digit numbers corresponding to the “Evening Pick – 3 Number” drawn will be honored. (6) The organization will determine each winner from the numbered information sheet completed with the acquisition of each calendar. (7) Each information sheet must be filled out accurately at the time of donation and winnings will be administered by an authorized representative of this organization. This fundraising project is in no way related with the lottery of any state and nothing has been bought or sold. Donations are made and random prizes are selected using an impartial random number generator. For further information about this fundraiser, please contact Jena Misuraca at 518 – 522 – 4776 or rrornrrajena@gmail.com Sports Information Media         http://www.sportsinfomedia.com

The RCS Sports Association Raffle Ticket is a Mass of Contradictions:

 The ticket (see the illustration above) clearly says that the person is making a “$20 donation.” It does not “suggest” a $20.00 donation but states that the donation is $20.00. In other words, if you don’t “donate” $20.00 you can’t participate. This means that the “price” of the ticket is $20 and you are paying for or purchasing a ticket which allows you to participate.  Unless the RCS Sports Association is not making the “donation” optional or accepting any amount for the ticket, the “price” of the ticket is $20.00. In other words, the RCS Sports Association is selling you a ticket allowing you to participate and you are purchasing that right to participate for $20. This logically contradicts Rule No. (7) which reads in pertinent part: “nothing has been bought or sold.” So, having bought a $20 ticket, shouldn’t the RCS Sports Association be collecting sales tax?

Rule (1) seems to be stating that the winning number will be the number drawn by the NYS Evening Pick – 3 drawing. That means that at least 999 tickets have to be sold by the RCS Sports Association to cover the possible numbers drawn on any evening. What it does not say is that if 999 tickets are not sold –  – say only 150 tickets are sold at $20 each to cover the promised “more than $3000” possible in prizes, at least 849 numbers will not match and will have no winners. The odds are very, very slim for your $20 investment. Each calendar has only one unique three – digit number so the odds are still pretty slim. In order to cover all possible numbers between 000 and 999, at least 999 tickets have to be sold.

According to Rule (2), it looks like the RCS Sports Association has budgeted a total of about a maximum of $375 in possible payouts each week. What if they don’t make the sales to cover 8 weeks of possibly $375 obligations per week or more than $3000 in possible payouts? Are they promising more than they can offer? Or is Jena Misuraca going to cover any shortfalls?

Rule 3 is pretty straightforward— we think but we can’t know for certain—, if the numbers 1, 2, and 3 are drawn on a particular day, the holder of unique 3 – digit number 123 is apparently the winner on that day; in other words 321 or 132 etc. will not be paid. What is implied is that there is only one possible winner on each day but then that would not cover the full possible range of 899 possible 3 – digit numbers that could be drawn; if it did, the possible winnings would exceed the total of at least $3000. So the deck is stacked against the buyer of a ticket. To cover the $3000 possible total winnings at least 150 tickets have to be sold at $20 each just to break even. But the deck is stacked because there are 61 days on which only 1 purchaser can win each day. This means that out of the 999 possible numbers drawn, there can be only 61 winners (June has 30 days and July has 31 days  =  61 days x 1 number and 1 drawing per evening). So theoretically, if the barest minimum number tickets (150) are sold to cover the $3000, only 61 persons can win out of 150 total tickets sold and that’s out of a possible total number of 999 possible numbers that can be drawn every evening! The odds are not good, they’re infinitessimally bad!

And the statement “61 Chances to Win” is not only misleading but mathematically inaccurate!

 We loved Rule (4): “All winners will be paid in a timely fashion.” But what exactly does it mean? Paid immediately. In a week? In a month? In a year? “Timely fashion” is a bit vague and ambiguous.

Rule (6) mentions that “The organization will determine each winner from the numbered information sheet completed with the acquisition of each calendar.” Wait a minute. Didn’t we just read that winners are determined by the NYS Lottery Evening Pick-3? What’s the deal now? I don’t recall having provided any information nor having received any information sheet. Normally the numbers on the ticket would be secret until the purchaser scratches the film off. It seems that if there is a “numbered information sheet,” the numbers are not secret. There’s a problem with this, since the winning numbers are not being drawn locally but relying on the New York State Lottery Evening Pick – 3, the sellers of the tickets don’t need to know who has what number.

The rules also state that the “winnings will be administered by an authorized representative of this organization.” (Rule 7). I’m not sure how to understand this statement that “winnings will be administered by an authorized representative” of the RCS Sports Association. If anyone has any clue what this means, please help us. Rule 7 goes on to say that “Donations are made and random prizes are selected using an impartial random number generator.” This cannot be correct. First of all, whether the “donation” is really a donation is questionable. And the donation I made was certainly not made by “an impartial random number generator,” it was made by me, an impartial blog owner! And the prizes are not randomly selected, they are specifically set for each day of each week of the months of June and July, very regularly: Sun. $75, Mon. $40, Tue $40, Wed $40, Thu $40 Fri $40 and Sat $100 ($375 per week). There’s nothing random about the prizes, which are not really prizes, but awards. The RCS Sports Association is talking Double-Dutch, double-talk where I come from!

Another disturbing point is that nowhere on the ticket is the RCS Sports Association clearly identified as being the operator of the so – called “raffle”. Furthermore, nowhere on the ticket is any statement made to the effect that the proceeds from the raffle will be used for the purpose of building a concession stand, much less exclusively for that purpose.

The ticket does not properly notify the purchaser that the RCS Sports Association is allegedly operating as a non – profit organization—Is it a non-profit?—and it does not give the organization’s registration number.

The ticket does not properly notify the purchaser that the claims made on the ticket are indemnified by any kind of insurance, should the RCS Sports Association be unable to make good on its claims.

The ticket lists Jena Misuraca as a contact person and shows some obscure entity called Sports Information Media wwwsportsinformedia.com without any specific or clear statement what Sports Information Media has to do with the so – called raffle. Going to that website we find:

“Sports Information Media provides customized professional-looking printed sports products and is the industry leader in high quality carbonless, multi-part lineup cards and roster cards for any sport. If you don’t see what you want, give us a call and we can make it for you.”

So what exactly has this Sports Information Media company or whatever it is have to do with the alleged concession stand or with the RCS Sports Association. That’s yet another question that needs to be answered.

There are too many contradictions, too many loose ends to satisfy even the most gullible resident in the RCS school district.

Our advice to the RCS Central School District is: Keep you distance from this one and stand by your established policies for proper credentialing of any applicant, complete applications, deliberation, voting  by the board, and public bidding!

Anyone selling raffle tickets in good faith should have the prize or the objective legally in their hands. The RCS Sports Association does not have any of the necessary formalities or paperwork but are selling raffle tickets. This situation is tantamount to selling raffle tickets for a car you don’t own. It’s FRAUD.

In addition to all of the above, how is the RCS Sports Association complying with IRS tax laws relating to the winnings? Who is liable for the tax? There is no statement covering the tax issues on the ticket. Is the $20 donation tax deductable? Is the $20 price for the ticket subject to sales tax? Are the winnings subject to tax? Are the revenues made by the RCS Sports Association being reported propertly? This sounds like a very messy operation, if you ask me!

 We’d like answers to these questions. How about you?

In the meantime, Wanna buy a raffle ticket?

Be One! Help Clean Up RCS The Editor

Be One!
Help Clean Up RCS
The Editor

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“Silence is admission when when the accused ought to have spoken and was able to.”

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4 responses to “Cart before the Horse: RCS Sports Association Operating a Shell Game [Again]?

  1. Simon

    April 29, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Comments on the breakdown. Disclaimer: I do not intend to purchase one of these tickets.

    I am not aware of any plans for building a concession stand (plans, approval, whatever). So, I have issues with the direct implication it’s being used for a new stand. I would have been OK with a general “support the sports association” label.

    No permission is required to use the school’s logo. There is no copyright on the logo, nor is there any restriction on the name of the community.

    Having “good odds” is not a requirement of any raffle or contest. Yes, you’d have better odds on “red” on roulette. However, there being “61 chances to win” is correct. As you pointed out, 61 days x 1 winning number per day. While winning numbers could be repeated, or unsold tickets existing, there are still 61 drawings to potentially have your number drawn. There are 1000 tickets (000 – 999). My favorite part is the clause “Unsold tickets remain the property of the Sports Association”. They could really hit the big time with that one!

    As for your assessment of the $20 “donation” and “nothing bought or sold”, I believe the company puts that in in order to get around some laws. Museums also let you in for a “$10 donation”. I’d like to see someone write off the $20 raffle ticket as a charitable donation. Would I get a receipt? 🙂

    For your rule assessments:

    Rule #1 – There’d be 1000 tickets in the raffle. Yes, odds are slim. Like I said before… if we’re looking for “good odds”, we wouldn’t play gimmick raffles like this.

    Rule #2 – I would interpret the ticket as a contract. I don’t care if they don’t raise enough money to cover the winnings. If I win, and they tell me they don’t have the money, I’d sue.

    Rule #3 – Again, yes the odds are bad. This rule is to avoid confusion with state lottery rules about “boxing” numbers – – if you “box” a number in the NY lottery, and 123 is drawn, all the other combinations (321 231 etc etc) would win a lesser amount.

    Rule #4 – This is to comply with the NY law on raffles (google “raffle laws new york” and a nuce document fromt he Attorney General is on there). The law actually specifies that the winnings has to be paid SAME DAY.

    Rule #5 – Again to cover their butts against someone using a technicality that there’s 2 numbers a day in NY.

    Rule #6 – I’m unclear as to exactly what they’re referring to here. Normally, the numbers on the ticket are covered in order to make sure the ticket sells. But you’re right… how can they make a winners key if noone knows the numbers?

    Rule #7 – Refer to the document I referred to in #4. There’s a clause in the law that there has to be a designated person who is a member of the organization running the raffle who is officially designated to make all prize awards and be “in charge”. I have absolutely no clue whatsoever about the rest of #7 – – it’s written like seemingly there’s “other prizes” to be randomly awarded. Are there more prizes? Or are they referring to unawarded prizes (from tickets that didn’t sell)? No clue whatsoever.

    I agree with the rest of your assessment however. There’s just too many loose ends. That partially comes from this being a raffle “kit” from the company (who happily puts their URL on your tickets). You also need to add into your finance calculations that the kit (and tickets) cost $200. Puts them more in the red.

    I’d also also be curious as to the tax implications, and their tax exempt status (a requirement of being eligible to run a raffle).

    I take a pass.

    I definitely agree with Bob, that a school with a $41+M budget should be able to build a reasonable concession stand.

    S

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 29, 2013 at 7:54 pm

      Thanks, Simon, for the time and care you took to review the analysis and to comment on it. I thoroughly relished your depth and the research you apparently did to write up your fine analysis. It’s comments like yours that make this blog a learning experience. Great job!

      Thanks again very much!

      Peace!

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  2. Bob

    April 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Good Points.
    I know you mentioned it already, but, again, how about the Tax implications of the raffle-for the ‘Sports Association’, the Seller of the tickets, the purchaser and the winner(s)?
    One must assume–as there is nothing in print to the contrary-that the organization is a not-for -profit one and is licensed to sell games of chance tickets. Seeing as the print on the ticket you purchased is not clear enough to read–and I am not buying one to find out-I again assume the fine print says it is not for profit and covers all the bases.
    I wonder if the winners and amount of money will be posted?
    Hey, it might be time for a bottle collection too!

    Honestly, out of an over $30 Million Budget, RCS(the District in this case) should be able to build a concession stand or contract out to a portable vendor or vendors to get it done. Then there would be no anonymity for us skeptics to be concerned with-just Health Department paperwork to be posted.

    Where does the Sports Association meet and when is the next meeting? I am assuming it is open to the public.

    I also wonder which local business printed the tickets and how much they cost?
    Got to wonder-did they get printed in Glenmont?

    No comment on the Highway Superintendent issue in Bethlehem….

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    • RCS Confidential

      April 28, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Bob, for your comment. Bad habits are hard to change, especially when they continue to think they can get away with it. Before this blog, they did for quite a few years. Only last year they dissolved the “old” RCS Sports Association and appeared at the RCS BoE with their new gang of crooks they call officers. A “new” organization with the old habits, it seems. Somebody needs to get prosecuted before they take rules and laws seriously. But the hypocrites that they are, they’re always ready to pounce on someone else. Makes one sick.

      Thanks again, Bob, for your comment.

      The Editor

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