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  • Alaska Airlines, Univ. of Washington Near Deal For Arena Naming Rights

    Bank of America had title-sponsored UW's arena for 10 years

    Univ. of Washington interim President Phyllis Wise and the school's athletic department have "cleared the way" for Alaska Airlines to receive naming rights to the school's Hec Edmundson Pavilion, "pending Board of Regents approval tomorrow," according to Ravi Venkataraman of UW student newspaper THE DAILY. Alaska Airlines "offered a five-year deal" worth approximately $6.1M. A Board of Regents document indicated that the airline offered UW "$400,000 in cash annually, $25,000 in travel benefits, 20 MVP gold memberships -- which are valued between $5,000 and $10,000 each -- and $175,000 per year for additional sponsorship opportunities" with IMG College, "a third party company that sells broadcast and sponsorship rights." Should the deal be approved, the pavilion's court "will feature the company's logo in addition to the naming rights." Venkataraman notes Bank of America's 10-year, $9.1M naming-rights deal for the arena expired last April (THE DAILY, 1/19). 

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  • LVMS Offering BMX Exhibition, Youth Discounts For Sprint Cup Weekend

    Las Vegas Motor Speedway is hosting a BMX exhibition and offering half-price, youth tickets for its March Sprint Cup Series race. The BMX exhibition will take place at a new "Extreme Sports Zone" on the speedway's midway. The zone also will have a skate park where fans will be able to skate and bike. The speedway has partnered with Smith's Food & Drug Stores, a Kroger Company chain, to offer fans under the age of 15 a 50% discount on tickets for its Sprint Cup Series race (March 6), Nationwide Series race (March 5) and pole day (March 4). The youth also will receive free admission to LVMS' Neon Garage, an infield facility that allows fans to watch drivers and crews at work in the garage or hanging out near their hauler. The speedway claims the discounts and promotion represents a cost saving of more than $300 per person. The discounts are available at Smith's stores and on the grocer's website.

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  • Facility Notes

    Davis confirmed the NFL asked the Raiders to explore sharing a stadium with the 49ers

    Raiders Owner Al Davis yesterday “addressed reports that the league is pushing the Raiders and the 49ers to explore building a stadium together.” Davis confirmed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell “has asked the Raiders to look into building a shared stadium with the 49ers.” Davis: "The commissioner has said from time to time that he would like us to go in with them." Davis “would not confirm how he felt about sharing a stadium with his cross bay rivals but he said the Raiders would explore all options” (NBCBAYAREA.com, 1/18).

    PROCEED WITH CAUTION: Greg Nelson, Chief of Staff to former L.A. City Council member Joel Wachs, in an L.A. TIMES op-ed writes of AEG's proposed events center, “Los Angeles taxpayers should be concerned that AEG has not explained where the money would come from to rebuild the Convention Center's lost West Hall space.” AEG has estimated the replacement cost at $350M. But Nelson writes if the plan “eventually calls for the cash-strapped city to sell 30-year bonds to pay for it, the total cost would ultimately push north” of $1B. Nelson: “Despite AEG's assurances to the contrary, it's hard to believe that Convention Center bookings wouldn't be affected during construction of the replacement for the West Hall space, thereby reducing the revenue needed to make payments on the existing bonds. Those who believe that taxpayers should subsidize more economic growth in this part of downtown should ask whether a new football stadium and its handful of events is the best option. Maybe just expanding the Convention Center would be a better asset for downtown and the rest of the city” (L.A. TIMES, 1/19).

    FROZEN IN TIME: In Nashville, Josh Cooper reported the Nashville Sports Council, Bridgestone Arena and the Predators “hope to bring college hockey’s signature event, the Frozen Four," to the city. Predators President & COO Sean Henry said that Nashville “plans to bid for the 2015 or 2016 event if the city meets all the NCAA criteria to host.” The NCAA will accept bids for the ’15 and ’16 Frozen Fours beginning in November, and a “decision on the host cities for those years will be made in spring 2012” (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/18).

    LIFE IN THE DOME: In Indianapolis, Tom Spalding noted a new dome on the Univ. of Indianapolis campus will be part of the school's Athletics & Recreation Center, a "multipurpose facility to be used mainly for intramural sports and track and field." An artificial turf football field will “eventually be installed for use by the NFC Championship team before” next year’s Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. Construction will cost about $6M, with “some funding provided by the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 1/19).

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