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BYRNE ARENA NAMING RIGHTS MAY KEEP DEVILS IN JERSEY
Published July 12, 1995
Sources said the Devils and the NJSEA are discussing the possibility of selling naming rights for Byrne Arena as a way to pay for renovations sought by the team, according to the Bergen RECORD. The Devils want more luxury suites and new, high-priced club seating in the arena. Six hours after a "marathon" negotiating session broke up early Tuesday morning, a NJ Superior Court judge gave the Devils and NJSEA two more days to work out a deal before hearing arguments in NJSEA's request for a temporary restraining order to prevent the Devils from breaking their lease (Hirsch & Fitzgerald, Bergen RECORD, 7/12). Devils Lawyer Alan Berman: "I think it's close. ...Both sides are equally encouraged" (Richard Sandomir, N.Y. TIMES, 7/12). A report in the N.Y. POST indicates that Devils Owner John McMullen, unable to gain management rights to the arena from NJSEA CEO Bob Mulcahy and Chair Michael Francis, is seeking input and possible final approval on that issue from the NJSEA membership (Larry Brooks, N.Y. POST, 7/12). CAPITOL FAUX PAS: Larry Brooks writes in the N.Y. POST, "There's no kind way to describe it. Monday's reception at the White House, which 16 of the team's 25 players and none of its four coaches bothered to attend, was at best an embarrassment and at worst a scandal" (N.Y. POST, 7/12).