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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1656 times:

I was reading an espn.com article on how Cubs owner Sam Zell wants to sell the naming rights of Wrigley Field. Obviously, this is a complete and utter cultural travesty. But I'm wondering about the potential buyers.

What company thinks it's worth $400 mil or so to besmirch the 80+ year old name of Wrigley? What's the risk of consumer backlash? I question the value of buying naming rights in general, and in a case like this I think it could totally backfire on the purchaser.

Oh, and Cubs fans? You have the power to keep your stadium name. Always call it Wrigley, no matter what it says on the marquee.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
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User currently offlineAirCop From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1652 times:



Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):
I question the value of buying naming rights in general,

Personally I think its a waste of money for any company, and die-hard baseballs fans will go berserk if they but a corporate name on Wrigley, Yankee, or Fenway. Maybe a thread should be started on the worst names. On the positive side the 49ers home is going back to Candlestick Park minus any corporate name.


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1652 times:

Maybe a chewing gum manufacturer could bid?  Smile

signol



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User currently offlineWrenchBender From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1779 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1646 times:



Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
49ers home is going back to Candlestick Park

Glad to hear that, to me it always has been Candlestick.
I can understand having a corporate name stuck on a new build arena/stadium. But to screw with the tradition of places like Wrigley, Fenway etc is beyond me.

WrenchBender



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User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1636 times:

I've got this suspicion that the new Yankee Stadium will end up with a corporate name before long. That'll leave just Fenway and (maybe) Wrigley as holdouts.


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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1632 times:



Quoting Signol (Reply 2):
Maybe a chewing gum manufacturer could bid?

The new ownership made a comment about how Wrigley should have to pay to keep their name on the stadium. It was originally named Wrigley due to them owning the team at the time it was built. - so in essence, Wrigley was the first to have a corporate name on a stadium.


User currently offlineStlgph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9515 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1629 times:

Hopefully someday, in addition to the 19 Verizon Wireless Amphitheaters we have (R.I.P. Irvine Meadows, Blockbuster Pavilion, Sunken Gardens, GTE Pavilion, Riverport, Deer Creek, Oak Mountain, Sandstone, etc. etc.) we'll have Verizon Wireless Stadiums!

I can only imagine the mobs that will form if Yankee, Fenway, or Wrigley is ever re-named. The idea to re-name Busch in St. Louis to Bud Park was -quickly- brushed aside.

But of course, on the flip side, the humorist in me would chuckle if Wrigley was bought out and renamed Busch Stadium North.



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User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1623 times:



Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
I've got this suspicion that the new Yankee Stadium will end up with a corporate name before long. That'll leave just Fenway and (maybe) Wrigley as holdouts.

I agree. I'm predicting Dean Witter Field at yankee Stadium.


User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1615 times:



Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
That'll leave just Fenway and (maybe) Wrigley as holdouts.

Just Fenway and Wrigley? You're forgetting Turner Field, Nationals Park, Dolphin Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Kauffman Stadium, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim



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User currently offlineORFflyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1613 times:



Quoting KROC (Reply 7):
I'm predicting Dean Witter Field at yankee Stadium.

Nah - probably this:



 biggrin 


User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1608 times:

This is the specific reason there were no naming rights given to the new Yankee Stadium. Any company that puts their name on the new Yankee Stadium would just be hurting their goodwill and creating animosity against their brand.


Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineSprout5199 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 1855 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1605 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
Dolphin Stadium

You mean Joe Robby Stadium.

Dan in Jupiter


User currently offlineBeefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1596 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
You're forgetting Turner Field, Nationals Park, Dolphin Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Kauffman Stadium, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Also forgetting the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome.

A new outdoor stadium is being built which will open in 2010. There has not been any real discussion so far about naming rights for the new stadium, but I think everyone pretty much thinks there will be.


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5644 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1589 times:



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
That'll leave just Fenway and (maybe) Wrigley as holdouts.

Just Fenway and Wrigley? You're forgetting Turner Field, Nationals Park, Dolphin Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Kauffman Stadium, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim

I meant of the old-line stadiums.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1583 times:



Quoting LHMARK (Thread starter):

Terrible move. I really hope Cuban buys the team, because he will have the balls to say no to such a terrible idea.

Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
I've got this suspicion that the new Yankee Stadium will end up with a corporate name before long

Not so long as the City of New York has its way.

Quoting PROSA (Reply 4):
That'll leave just Fenway and (maybe) Wrigley as holdouts.



Quoting Garnetpalmetto (Reply 8):
You're forgetting Turner Field, Nationals Park, Dolphin Stadium, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Kauffman Stadium, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim



Quoting PROSA (Reply 13):

I meant of the old-line stadiums.

They you definately left out Dodger Stadium.



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User currently offlineVikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10335 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1580 times:



Quoting Sprout5199 (Reply 11):
You mean Joe Robby Stadium.

Nope, he means Dolphin Stadium, formerly Pro Player Stadium, formerly Joe Robbie Stadium.



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User currently offlineCasInterest From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4792 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1566 times:

Yeah, All these name changes suck,

Here in Raleigh they just renamed Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
To "Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, "

I am honestly amazed they didn't throw "HighSpeed Internet" in there.

Another tragedy.

Will just be Walnut Creek from now on; in my mind.



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User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1564 times:



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 16):


Here in Raleigh they just renamed Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
To "Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, "



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 16):

Another tragedy.

I don't see how it is a tragedy. Alltel Pavilion is a corporate name too.



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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1560 times:



Quoting Beefer (Reply 12):
Also forgetting the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome.

A new outdoor stadium is being built which will open in 2010. There has not been any real discussion so far about naming rights for the new stadium, but I think everyone pretty much thinks there will be.

Northwest Field (to be re-named Delta Field)...I think I can make an exception for naming rights made by airlines Big grin



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1559 times:

One of the funniest corporate name for a stadium is of course:






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User currently offlineLHMARK From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1556 times:

I must admit to having dreams of a "D'angelo's Field," "John Hancock Park," or "The ballpark at New Balance Stadium" in Boston.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1549 times:



Quoting Newark777 (Reply 19):
One of the funniest corporate name for a stadium is of course:

Funny in that they had to give up the rights so soon because of their chicanery. While the new name, Minute Maid Park, sounds rather dumb in practice, it allows for an excellent nickname. "The Juice Box"

Quoting LHMARK (Reply 20):
I must admit to having dreams of a "D'angelo's Field," "John Hancock Park," or "The ballpark at New Balance Stadium" in Boston.

Not going to happen. The Chowds would burn the place down. With the Monster seats and the TV network, the Red Sox don't need to cheapen themselves with a naming rights deal. That said, KROC's Mutts and the City of New York struck a good balance with their new stadium, as Citi Field fits the surrounding. If that naming deal ever ends, they might as well rename the place City Field.



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User currently offlineNewark777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 9348 posts, RR: 29
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1546 times:



Quoting N1120A (Reply 21):
Funny in that they had to give up the rights so soon because of their chicanery.

Exactly, it's great to see a sports organization sell out the stadium naming rights, and for once get embarrassed as their namesake corporation becomes one of the most vilified companies in the country.



Why grab a Heine when you can grab a Busch?
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9515 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1533 times:



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 16):
Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek

good god. that's just horrible.

under neath it all, good venue. saw Stevie Nicks there.



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User currently offlineGarnetpalmetto From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 5426 posts, RR: 52
Reply 24, posted (6 years 9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1525 times:



Quoting CasInterest (Reply 16):
Yeah, All these name changes suck,

Here in Raleigh they just renamed Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek
To "Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, "

I am honestly amazed they didn't throw "HighSpeed Internet" in there.

Another tragedy.

Will just be Walnut Creek from now on; in my mind.

It had a corporate sponsor before Alltel - it formerly was Hardees Walnut Creek Amphitheater. It matters not, since I've lived up here it's always been called just Walnut Creek Amphitheater by locals.



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25 N1120A : Interestingly, the Home Depot Center, which has had that corporate name since it opened, has taken on the name Victoria Street in the classic English
26 Post contains links and images LHMARK : No, wait, I'm starting to get behind this whole naming rights thing...
27 COrocks : I would love to see the business case of one of these companies that pay hundreds of millions to get their name on a stadium. I think it would be inte
28 Mt99 : Chicagoan would be pissed to no end.. Just ask Macy's (old Marshall Fields) and Cellular One -yea - i know - people got used to it but re naming Wrigl
29 N1120A : They don't. They pay money to have their names on the stadia, the benefit is that of advertising.
30 Srbmod : That's about as silly as some of the naming conventions used for college football and basketball facilities. At Georgia Tech they have Bobby Dodd Sta
31 Post contains images KFLLCFII : Nope, he means Dolphin Stadium, formerly Pro Player Stadium, formerly Joe Robbie Stadium. Well, Dolphin Stadium after Dolphins Stadium, formerly Pro
32 Seb146 : That's what I was thinking. Couldn't Wrigley continue with the contract, if there is one? I would hope, for the sake of history, whoever gets naming
33 A380US : Now that would be the day hell broke loose in NY
34 AirCop : Just for information; at one time there was a Wrigley Field in Los Angeles the first home of the Los Angeles Angels back in 1961 prior to that a AAA b
35 N1120A : Yep. Wrigley Field L.A. was apparently designed scientifically to be the perfect balance of a pitchers and hitters park, and not favoring right or le
36 GQfluffy : No corporation wants to buy the rights because the Dolphins suck... So us dolphans are stuck with Dolphin Stadium. Blah. Take it back to Joe Robbie.
37 LTBEWR : Shea Stadium was named for an attorney, William Shea, who was instrumental in bringing the Mets to life and the development of the stadium. Sadly, it
38 Sprout5199 : Yeh, but Wayne just sold 1/2 of the team for $500 Million. Someone wants them. It should be JRS as he build the stadium with his own money. I'm glad
39 Post contains images Moose135 : Fred Wilpon, owner of the Mets, grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan. One of the best wiseass ideas I heard for naming the new stadium was that Ralph Laure
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