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Gargano Says Dolans Blocking
Moynihan Train Station Project
The Grizzlies and Lexus of Memphis last Thursday “played host to some 300 invited guests who perused a mini-car lot in a cocktail-party setting” at FedExForum, according to David Williams of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. The event included short talks from Grizzlies President of Basketball Operations Jerry West and Grizzlies President of Business Operations Andy Dolich. Grizzlies coach Mike Fratello attended, while Gs Eddie Jones and Dahntay Jones “mingled and posed for pictures.” Grizzlies VP/Corporate Partnerships Chad Bolen: “We have never done anything like this. I don’t know if anything like this has ever been done.” Bolen noted the Nets host an “‘influencer party,’ where they have people over to people’s houses and attempt to sell them tickets.” But he said, “We wanted to kind of take that to another level. Instead of inviting your friends to your house and the Grizzlies would have a cocktail party at your house, we said, ‘Why don’t you all invite your customers in here?’” Williams noted the Lexus dealership “has an advertising package for TV games, sponsors the team’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration, and has naming rights to the arena’s Lexus Lounge” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/14).
Union Federal Ending Sponsorship
Of Colts’ Training Facility
FA, Multiplex Say Wembley
Stadium Nearing Completion
DYER’S EVE: In Orlando, Mark Schleub reports Orlando city commissioners yesterday agreed to buy the “favored site for the Magic’s new downtown arena for $35.5[M], despite concerns the purchase is premature.” Their agreeing to buy the 9.4-acre site came “at Mayor Buddy Dyer’s request.” The council approved the purchase “even though the City Council and Orange County Commission have yet to” approve agreements to pay for the new arena and performing-arts center and Citrus Bowl renovation. Also, the city has still not negotiated a lease with the Magic (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 10/17).
CAUSEWAY COGS: TD Banknorth Garden President John Wentzell said that the arena’s Boardroom luxury seating area, “where memberships go for $15,000 a year,” is sold out. Seventy memberships were sold and a waiting list has been created. The arena has also sold 30% of the roughly 1,000 memberships “to the much larger Sports Deck, beating its first-year estimates.” That area features a “bar-like atmosphere for roughly 260 fans to mingle and watch the action” (BOSTON HERALD, 10/17).