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ROOM TO GROW: In L.A., Greg Johnson noted Cypres has spent more than $1M "bringing the building up to city code." Cypres is operating the SMLA as a "for-profit business, but has begun paperwork to convert it to a nonprofit." Johnson noted the museum offers "no soccer or hockey memorabilia," and "little evidence that women have played sports." But Cypres "sees such deficits as ways to grow" (L.A. TIMES, 11/24). Cypres already is in the "process of planning an expansion." Cypres said that he has "enough material -- including a replica of a circa 1900 boxing gym -- to fill at least another 12,000 square feet" (L.A. DOWNTOWN NEWS, 11/24).
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BANK SHOTS: On Long Island, Wallace Matthews writes of Citigroup's 20-year, $400M naming-rights deal for Citi Field, "The Mets should be embarrassed to emblazon their new park with the name of an outfit whose players performed even worse than the team did last year." With the bank receiving a financial bailout from the U.S. government, the Mets "should be ashamed of using your money to advertise their (worthless) services." If the Mets had "any ethics, they would cancel the deal now and start looking for a sponsor that can actually pay its own bills." This is "just the latest chapter in two sorry histories, the first being that of the U.S. banking industry and the second being that" of the Mets (NEWSDAY, 11/26). Taxpayers For Common Sense VP Steve Ellis said Citi Field should be called “Taxpayer Field.” Ellis: “It’s really a lot about the ego of the company and whoever’s got the biggest stadium or the biggest sports event tied to them” (“Happy Hour,” Fox Business, 11/25).
SOMETHING TO BUILD ON: In Pittsburgh, Ron DeParma reports despite the current credit crunch, a "group of local banks is lending" $107.5M to help build Dick's Sporting Goods new HQs in Findlay, Pennsylvania. The project "will put a 730,000-square-foot complex on 116 acres in Findlay." The project is "expected to be completed by January 2010." Dick's employs about 950 people at its HQs in Findlay, and the project is "expected to add about 700 jobs over the next five years." The site "could expand to 1 million and possibly 2 million square feet of space, with a total of almost 2,000 jobs" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/26).