SBD/Issue 102/Facilities & Venues

Facility Notes

In Nashville, Brandon Gee reported the Predators and Bridgestone Americas are "being asked to respond to a rumor that Bridgestone plans to take over the naming rights" for Sommet Center. The Web site in a blog entry Thursday reported that a Bridgestone official "registered 16 domain names last month with names such as and" Predators Exec VP & CMO Derek Perez said that the team "has nothing to announce and would not respond to rumors." Bridgestone Exec Dir of Communications Dan MacDonald also "would not confirm or deny that the company and the hockey team are in discussions" (, 2/8).

BET ON IT: New Jersey state Sen. Raymond Lesniak yesterday said that he "will ask top lawmakers to join him in a suit against a federal ban" on sports betting in the state, and a Senate committee yesterday "approved his proposed constitutional amendment to allow sports betting in the state." In Newark, Lisa Fleisher reports New Jersey voters "would be asked to approve a constitutional amendment to allow bets on professional sports" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/9).

Gov. Hopes To Grant Future Exemptions
Like One He Signed For Roski's Stadium
FIRST OF MANY? In Sacramento, Dan Morain reports California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is "hoping that his political relationship" with Majestic Realty Chair & CEO Ed Roski "bares offspring." Schwarzenegger in October "signed extraordinary legislation exempting Roski from lawsuits over California environmental law in his effort to construct an 80,000-seat football stadium" in City of Industry. As part of his "push to help the economy," Schwarzenegger is "urging lawmakers to approve legislation that would authorize his administration and future governors to grant the same sorts of exemptions to 25 projects a year." His proposal "gives the geographic spread: 10 in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties; five in Sacramento and other Central Valley counties; five in the Bay Area; and five to be determined" (, 2/8).

GREAT HONOR: In Milwaukee, Tom Haudricourt reports the Brewers yesterday announced that they will honor MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, who previously owned the team, "with a statue at Miller Park's Home Plate Plaza." Selig's statue, which will be unveiled in August, will join those of Baseball HOFers Hank Aaron and Robin Yount. Selig's statue "will measure more than 7 feet in height, not including the base." Haudricourt notes Selig "remains equally proud of his roles in bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee in 1970 and helping secure their future in the city by spearheading efforts to build Miller Park" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/9).

HOMER-FRIENDLY MOVE: In N.Y., Adam Rubin reports the "height of Citi Field's center-field wall will be sliced in half, making the ballpark more homer-friendly." The wall last season measured 16 feet "in front of the sparsely used Home Run Apple," and now, "with the second level of padding being removed, it will measure eight feet in the middle of the outfield." The ballpark's "spacious dimensions won't be altered" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 2/9).

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