SBJ/September 30 - October 6, 2002/For The Record

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  • Broadcasting news

    TELEVISION

    Through a deal with Florida International University, Sunshine Network is adding the school's home game against in-state rival Jacksonville University to its lineup of local and regional college football telecasts. Live coverage of the game will air at 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

    RADIO

    Yearlong statewide coverage of all high school sports in 2002-03 will be featured in a package crafted between the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Michigan Talk Radio Network.

    WNSA-FM in Buffalo added former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy to the station's "WNSA Pre-Game Report."

    Print | Tags: Buffalo Bills, For the Record, Sunshine Network
  • Business news

    BUSINESS NOTES

    The San Francisco Giants will almost double the size of a wall topped with seats that they are building along McCovey Cove at China Basin Park because of the response from fans who want to participate in the McCovey Point Tile Program, which has sold more than 3,800 tiles to date. The program lets fans buy a tile that will be embedded in the top of the seat wall and etched with a personalized message. Money from the tiles goes toward park construction.

    Barrett Sports Group LLC was hired by the city of Auburn Hills, Mich., to provide professional consulting services for the Palace of Auburn Hills valuation.

    The Bowling Proprietors Association of America has new group-purchasing agreements with Omega Pattern Works, offering member discounts on carpeting, and Party Direct, a party supplies company, to add to the association's Smart Buy Group Purchasing Program. The program includes companies that have agreed to offer products and services at a discounted price exclusively to BPAA member bowling centers.

    Blue Focus Management retained the consulting services of Todd Optican.

    The new Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians will be known as the Lake County (Ohio) Captains when they begin play in April. The team has been operating under the name Lake County Professional Baseball since February.

    Pinehurst Golf Club and Club Tee Time signed an agreement for Club Tee Time to offer stay-and-play packages at the North Carolina golf and vacation site.

    The Novi (Mich.) City Council renewed its contract with Suburban Arena Management LLC of Farmington Hills, Mich. Suburban will continue to manage Novi Ice Arena through September 2005.

    The CHL Indianapolis Ice introduced a commemorative 15th anniversary logo. The logo has a bear head between the Roman numeral XV, with the dates 1988-2002 as well as this year's slogan, "15 Years on the Edge."

    Mark McClure, owner of the USBL's Portland Mountain Cats, partnered with NBA New Orleans Hornets player David Wesley and his father, Don Wesley, to form the expansion Texas Rim Rockers. The team will play most of its games at the Fort Worth Convention Center and a few in the Dallas area.

    United Turf Industries of Wichita, Kan., developer of SofTrak Putting Greens, established a SofTrak dealership in south Florida through Lighthouse Point resident Jeff Graham. Graham will cover Broward and Palm Beach counties via SofTrak of South Florida Inc.

    MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

    Independent public relations firm Edelman bought independent Atlanta firm The Headline Group. In merging Edelman's Atlanta operations with those of The Headline Group, the firm more than doubled its regional presence.

    European sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing company CSS Stellar Plc acquired a minority interest in Hambric Sports Management of Dallas and acquired 50 percent of the assets of StandOut Sports and Entertainment. As part of the Hambric deal, Rocky Hambric will become CEO of Stella Golf, leading the company's efforts in North America and Europe.

    The Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League were sold to a local ownership group headed by Russ Farwell, the Thunderbirds' general manager.

    AWARDS

    Bliss & Nyitray received the Grand Award in the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers 2002 Engineering Excellence Awards competition for its work on Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

    The Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats and Newcomb Print Communications received a Bronze Award from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen in the International Gallery of Superb Printing competition.

    Print | Tags: CHL, Cleveland Indians, Edelman Public Relations, For the Record, New Orleans Pelicans, San Francisco Giants
  • Charity news

    Lea Ann Parsley, a silver medalist at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games in skeleton and the 1999 Ohio Firefighter of the Year, helped the fourth annual Arby's Charity Tour Cleveland raise $125,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and the Arby's Foundation.

    Members of the Carolina Hurricanes Community Relations staff helped distribute sports equipment, donated by Hurricanes employees, on Sept. 20 at Oxford Manor Achievement School in Durham, N.C. The Hurricanes were aided in the project by Todd Lewis of EMC-2, a local provider of storage systems, software and services.

    The Visa Champions Creating Champions program, in which 30 Olympic and national team athletes are matched with Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, youths in a mentoring program, was introduced Sept. 25 at Utah Olympic Park.

    Source: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research

    Print | Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, For the Record
  • Cola Wars: Pouring rights at sports venues

    The following information showcases which companies have the pouring-rights business at the facilities that are home to teams from sports' Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL and NFL), MLS and the WNBA. Also listed are each of the venues' permanent tenants.

    ANAHEIM

    Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim

    Tenant: NHL Mighty Ducks

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Edison International Field

    Tenant: MLB Angels

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1998)


    ARLINGTON, TEXAS

    Ballpark at Arlington

    Tenant: MLB Rangers

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola, Dr Pepper (1994)


    ATLANTA

    Georgia Dome

    Tenants: NFL Falcons, NCAA Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1992)

    Philips Arena

    Tenants: NBA Hawks, NHL Thrashers

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola (1999)

    Turner Field

    Tenant: MLB Braves

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1997)


    AUBURN HILLS, MICH.

    Palace of Auburn Hills

    Tenant: NBA Pistons, WNBA Shock, AFL Fury

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    BALTIMORE

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards

    Tenant: MLB Orioles

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Ravens Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Ravens

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2002)


    BOSTON

    Fenway Park

    Tenant: MLB Red Sox

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    FleetCenter

    Tenants: NBA Celtics, NHL Bruins

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    BUFFALO

    HSBC Arena

    Tenants: NHL Sabres, AFL Destroyers, NLL Bandits

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1996)


    CALGARY

    Pengrowth Saddledome

    Tenants: NHL Flames, NLL Roughnecks, WHL Hitmen

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (at least 1995)


    CHARLOTTE

    Charlotte Coliseum

    Tenant: WNBA Sting, AFL Cobras*

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1988)

    Ericsson Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Panthers, NCAA Continental Tire Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1996)


    CHICAGO

    Comiskey Park

    Tenant: MLB White Sox

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2001)

    Soldier Field**

    Tenants: NFL Bears, MLS Fire

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1986)

    United Center   

    Tenants: NBA Bulls, NHL Blackhawks

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)

    Wrigley Field

    Tenant: MLB Cubs

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (early 1980s)


    CINCINNATI

    Cinergy Field

    Tenant: MLB Reds

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)

    Paul Brown Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Bengals

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2000)


    CLEVELAND

    Cleveland Browns Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Browns

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    Gund Arena

    Tenants: NBA Cavaliers, WNBA Rockers, AHL Barons

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1994)

    Jacobs Field

    Tenant: MLB Indians

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1994)


    COLUMBUS

    Columbus Crew Stadium

    Tenant: MLS Crew

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    Nationwide Arena

    Tenants: NHL Blue Jackets, NLL Landsharks

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)


    DALLAS

    American Airlines Center

    Tenants: NBA Mavericks, NHL Stars, AFL Desperados

    Pouring rights (since): Dr Pepper (2001)

    Cotton Bowl

    Tenants: MLS Burn, NCAA SBC Cotton Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)


    DENVER

    Coors Field

    Tenant: MLB Rockies

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1995)

    Invesco Field at Mile High

    Tenants: NFL Broncos, MLS Rapids   Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2001)

    Pepsi Center

    Tenants: NBA Nuggets, NHL Avalanche, AFL Crush*, NLL Power*

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)


    DETROIT

    Comerica Park

    Tenant: MLB Tigers

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)

    Ford Field

    Tenants: NFL Lions, NCAA Motor City Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2002)

    Joe Louis Arena

    Tenant: NHL Red Wings

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J.

    Continental Airlines Arena

    Tenants: NBA Nets, NHL Devils, AFL Gladiators, NLL Storm, Seton Hall University men's basketball

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    Giants Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Giants, NFL Jets, MLS MetroStars

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)


    EDMONTON

    Skyreach Centre

    Tenant: NHL Oilers

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1994)


    FOXBORO, MASS.

    Gillette Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Patriots, MLS Revolution

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2002)


    GREEN BAY

    Lambeau Field

    Tenant: NFL Packers

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2002)


    HOUSTON

    Compaq Center

    Tenants: NBA Rockets, WNBA Comets, AHL Aeros

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Minute Maid Field

    Tenant: MLB Astros

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2000)

    Reliant Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Texans, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, NCAA Houston Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2002)


    INDIANAPOLIS

    Conseco Fieldhouse

    Tenants: NBA Pacers, WNBA Fever, CHL Ice

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    RCA Dome

    Tenant: NFL Colts

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1998)


    IRVING, TEXAS

    Texas Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Cowboys

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1995)


    JACKSONVILLE

    Alltel Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Jaguars, NCAA Toyota Gator Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1995)


    KANSAS CITY

    Arrowhead Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Chiefs, MLS Wizards

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Kauffman Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Royals

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1996)


    LOS ANGELES

    Dodger Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Dodgers

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Staples Center

    Tenants: NBA Clippers, NBA Lakers, NHL Kings, AFL Avengers, WNBA Sparks

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)


    MEMPHIS

    Pyramid Arena

    Tenant: NBA Grizzlies

    Pouring rights: Pepsi


    MIAMI

    AmericanAirlines Arena

    Tenants: NBA Heat, WNBA Sol

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2000)

    Pro Player Stadium

    Tenants: MLB Marlins, NFL Dolphins, Florida Atlantic University football, NCAA FedEx Orange Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1987)


    MILWAUKEE

    Bradley Center

    Tenants: NBA Bucks, AHL Admirals, MISL Wave, Marquette University men's and women's basketball

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    Miller Park

    Tenant: MLB Brewers

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)


    MINNEAPOLIS

    Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome

    Tenants: MLB Twins, NFL Vikings, University of Minnesota football

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Target Center

    Tenants: NBA Timberwolves, WNBA Lynx

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1994)


    MONTREAL

    Bell Centre

    Tenants: NHL Canadiens, NLL Express

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1996)

    Olympic Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Expos

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    NASHVILLE

    Gaylord Entertainment Center

    Tenant: NHL Predators

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1998)

    The Coliseum

    Tenants: NFL Titans, Tennessee State University football, NCAA Music City Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1999)


    NEW ORLEANS

    Louisiana Superdome

    Tenant: NFL Saints

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1985)

    New Orleans Arena

    Tenants: NBA Hornets, Tulane University men's basketball

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    NEW YORK CITY

    Madison Square Garden

    Tenants: NBA Knicks, NHL Rangers, WNBA Liberty

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (at least 1990)

    Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

    Tenants: NHL Islanders, AFL Dragons, NLL Saints

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (2000)

    Shea Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Mets

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1998)

    Yankee Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Yankees

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1997)


    OAKLAND

    Arena in Oakland

    Tenant: NBA Warriors

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1997)

    Network Associates Coliseum

    Tenants: MLB Athletics, NFL Raiders

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)


    ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.

    Ralph Wilson Stadium

    Tenant: NFL Bills

    Pouring rights: Pepsi


    ORLANDO

    TD Waterhouse Centre

    Tenants: NBA Magic, WNBA Miracle, AFL Predators

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1989)


    OTTAWA

    Corel Centre

    Tenants: NHL Senators, NLL Rebel

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1996)


    PASADENA, CALIF.

    Rose Bowl

    Tenants: MLS Galaxy, NCAA Rose Bowl

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    PHILADELPHIA

    First Union Center

    Tenants: NBA 76ers, NHL Flyers, NLL Wings

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1996)

    Veterans Stadium

    Tenants: MLB Phillies, NFL Eagles

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1971)


    PHOENIX

    America West Arena

    Tenants: NBA Suns, NHL Coyotes, AFL Rattlers, WNBA Mercury

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1992)

    Bank One Ballpark

    Tenants: MLB Diamondbacks, NCAA Insight.com Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1996)


    PITTSBURGH

    Heinz Field

    Tenants: NFL Steelers, University of Pittsburgh football

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2001)

    Mellon Arena

    Tenant: NHL Penguins

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    PNC Park

    Tenant: MLB Pirates

    Pouring rights: Pepsi (2001)


    PORTLAND

    Rose Garden

    Tenant: NBA Trail Blazers, WNBA Fire

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1995)


    RALEIGH

    RBC Center

    Tenants: NHL Hurricanes, North Carolina State University men's basketball

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1998)


    SACRAMENTO

    Arco Arena

    Tenants: NBA Kings, WNBA Monarchs

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)


    SALT LAKE CITY

    Delta Center

    Tenants: NBA Jazz, WNBA Starzz

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1992)


    SAN ANTONIO

    SBC Center

    Tenants: NBA Spurs, San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, AHL Rampage, NCAA Alamo Bowl

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola (2002)


    SAN DIEGO

    Qualcomm Stadium

    Tenants: MLB Padres, NFL Chargers, San Diego State University football, NCAA Holiday Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (at least 1991)


    SAN FRANCISCO

    49ers Stadium at Candlestick Point

    Tenant: NFL 49ers

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Pacific Bell Park

    Tenants: MLB Giants, NCAA San Francisco Bowl*

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2000)


    SAN JOSE

    HP Pavilion at San Jose

    Tenants: NHL Sharks, AFL SaberCats

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1993)

    Spartan Stadium

    Tenants: MLS Earthquakes, WUSA CyberRays, San Jose State University soccer and football, NCAA Silicon Valley Classic

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1994)


    SEATTLE

    KeyArena

    Tenants: NBA SuperSonics, WNBA Storm, WHL Thunderbirds

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Safeco Field

    Tenant: MLB Mariners

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1999)

    Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center

    Tenants: NFL Seahawks, NCAA Seattle Bowl*

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2002)


    ST. LOUIS

    Busch Stadium

    Tenant: MLB Cardinals

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola

    Edward Jones Dome at America's Center

    Tenant: NFL Rams

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1995)

    Savvis Center

    Tenant: NHL Blues

    Pouring rights: Pepsi (1994)


    ST. PAUL, MINN.

    Xcel Energy Center

    Tenant: NHL Wild

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (2000)


    ST. PETERSBURG, FLA.

    Tropicana Field

    Tenant: MLB Devil Rays

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1996)


    SUNRISE, FLA.

    Office Depot Center

    Tenant: NHL Panthers

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1998)


    TAMPA

    St. Pete Times Forum

    Tenants: NHL Lightning, AFL Storm

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1996)

    Raymond James Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Buccaneers, University of South Florida football, NCAA Outback Bowl

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1999)


    TEMPE, ARIZ.

    Sun Devil Stadium

    Tenants: NFL Cardinals, Arizona State University football, NCAA Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

    Pouring rights: Coca-Cola


    TORONTO

    Air Canada Centre

    Tenants: NBA Raptors, NHL Maple Leafs, AFL Phantoms, NLL Rock

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1999)

    SkyDome

    Tenants: MLB Blue Jays, CFL Argonauts

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1989; Pepsi in 2000 only)


    VANCOUVER

    General Motors Place

    Tenants: NHL Canucks, NLL Ravens

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1995)


    WASHINGTON, D.C.

    FedEx Field

    Tenant: NFL Redskins

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1997)

    MCI Center

    Tenants: NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals, WNBA Mystics, Georgetown University men's basketball

    Pouring rights (since): Coca-Cola (1997)

    Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium

    Tenants: MLS United, WUSA Freedom

    Pouring rights (since): Pepsi (1998)

     

    * Expansion team or relocated event that has yet to be featured at this venue

    ** The Bears are playing their home games this season at the University of Illinois' Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill., while Soldier Field undergoes renovations. Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2003 NFL season. Coca-Cola has the pouring rights at Memorial Stadium.

    Notes: Lengths of deals provided where available. Some teams may have marketing relationships with beverage companies other than the one that holds the venue's pouring rights.

    Sources: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research, the concessionaires, vendors, teams and facilities

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  • Complete For the Record

    MARKETING NEWS

    SPONSORSHIPS

    Colorado Time Systems LLC was selected by U.S. Water Polo Inc. as its official scoring and timing company. The two-year deal has a two-year option.

    Duofold agreed to a four-year contract extension as the official high performance base layer apparel supplier for USA Luge.

    The PGA Tour and Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber Co. agreed to a four-year title sponsorship beginning in 2003. The 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania will be played on the Mystic Rock Golf Course at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Pa. 84 Lumber replaces SEI Investments as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour's annual Pennsylvania event.


    BUSINESS NEWS

    BUSINESS NOTES

    The San Francisco Giants will almost double the size of a wall topped with seats that they are building along McCovey Cove at China Basin Park because of the response from fans who want to participate in the McCovey Point Tile Program, which has sold more than 3,800 tiles to date. The program lets fans buy a tile that will be embedded in the top of the seat wall and etched with a personalized message. Money from the tiles goes toward park construction.

    Barrett Sports Group LLC was hired by the city of Auburn Hills, Mich., to provide professional consulting services for the Palace of Auburn Hills valuation.

    The Bowling Proprietors Association of America has new group-purchasing agreements with Omega Pattern Works, offering member discounts on carpeting, and Party Direct, a party supplies company, to add to the association's Smart Buy Group Purchasing Program. The program includes companies that have agreed to offer products and services at a discounted price exclusively to BPAA member bowling centers.

    Blue Focus Management retained the consulting services of Todd Optican.

    The new Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians will be known as the Lake County (Ohio) Captains when they begin play in April. The team has been operating under the name Lake County Professional Baseball since February.

    Pinehurst Golf Club and Club Tee Time signed an agreement for Club Tee Time to offer stay-and-play packages at the North Carolina golf and vacation site.

    The Novi (Mich.) City Council renewed its contract with Suburban Arena Management LLC of Farmington Hills, Mich. Suburban will continue to manage Novi Ice Arena through September 2005.

    The CHL Indianapolis Ice introduced a commemorative 15th anniversary logo. The logo has a bear head between the Roman numeral XV, with the dates 1988-2002 as well as this year's slogan, "15 Years on the Edge."

    Mark McClure, owner of the USBL's Portland Mountain Cats, partnered with NBA New Orleans Hornets player David Wesley and his father, Don Wesley, to form the expansion Texas Rim Rockers. The team will play most of its games at the Fort Worth Convention Center and a few in the Dallas area.

    United Turf Industries of Wichita, Kan., developer of SofTrak Putting Greens, established a SofTrak dealership in south Florida through Lighthouse Point resident Jeff Graham. Graham will cover Broward and Palm Beach counties via SofTrak of South Florida Inc.

    MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

    Independent public relations firm Edelman bought independent Atlanta firm The Headline Group. In merging Edelman's Atlanta operations with those of The Headline Group, the firm more than doubled its regional presence.

    European sports, entertainment and lifestyle marketing company CSS Stellar Plc acquired a minority interest in Hambric Sports Management of Dallas and acquired 50 percent of the assets of StandOut Sports and Entertainment. As part of the Hambric deal, Rocky Hambric will become CEO of Stella Golf, leading the company's efforts in North America and Europe.

    The Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League were sold to a local ownership group headed by Russ Farwell, the Thunderbirds' general manager.

    AWARDS

    Bliss & Nyitray received the Grand Award in the Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers 2002 Engineering Excellence Awards competition for its work on Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

    The Gary (Ind.) SouthShore RailCats and Newcomb Print Communications received a Bronze Award from the International Association of Printing House Craftsmen in the International Gallery of Superb Printing competition.


    SPORTS AGENCY NEWS

    SPORTS AGENCY NOTES

    CMG Sports, a St. Louis agency specializing in representing professional hockey players, has joined forces with consultants Dennis Polonich and Mel Bridgman, two NHLPA-certified agents, to pursue hockey clients worldwide.

    CLIENT SIGNINGS

    Bruce Levy, president of Bruce Levy Associates International Ltd., completed a contract for Bethany Donaphin to play basketball for C.B. Islas Canarias in Spain for the 2002-03 international season. Erica McKeon, senior vice president for the agency, completed a contract for former WNBA Orlando Miracle player Tawona Alhaleem to play for Bnai Yehuda in Israel for the season.


    BROADCASTING NEWS

    TELEVISION

    Through a deal with Florida International University, Sunshine Network is adding the school's home game against in-state rival Jacksonville University to its lineup of local and regional college football telecasts. Live coverage of the game will air at 8 p.m. Oct. 31.

    RADIO

    Yearlong statewide coverage of all high school sports in 2002-03 will be featured in a package crafted between the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Michigan Talk Radio Network.

    WNSA-FM in Buffalo added former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy to the station's "WNSA Pre-Game Report."


    CHARITY NEWS

    Lea Ann Parsley, a silver medalist at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games in skeleton and the 1999 Ohio Firefighter of the Year, helped the fourth annual Arby's Charity Tour Cleveland raise $125,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland and the Arby's Foundation.

    Members of the Carolina Hurricanes Community Relations staff helped distribute sports equipment, donated by Hurricanes employees, on Sept. 20 at Oxford Manor Achievement School in Durham, N.C. The Hurricanes were aided in the project by Todd Lewis of EMC-2, a local provider of storage systems, software and services.

    The Visa Champions Creating Champions program, in which 30 Olympic and national team athletes are matched with Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah, youths in a mentoring program, was introduced Sept. 25 at Utah Olympic Park.

    Source: Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal research


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  • Marketing news

    SPONSORSHIPS

    Colorado Time Systems LLC was selected by U.S. Water Polo Inc. as its official scoring and timing company. The two-year deal has a two-year option.

    Duofold agreed to a four-year contract extension as the official high performance base layer apparel supplier for USA Luge.

    The PGA Tour and Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber Co. agreed to a four-year title sponsorship beginning in 2003. The 84 Lumber Classic of Pennsylvania will be played on the Mystic Rock Golf Course at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Pa. 84 Lumber replaces SEI Investments as the title sponsor of the PGA Tour's annual Pennsylvania event.

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  • NBA union's grievance doesn't add up

    At the World Congress of Sports in March, I happened to run into National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Billy Hunter. The conversation quickly turned to the operation of the NBA's collective-bargaining agreement and then focused on the agreement's escrow arrangement.

    When I first read the NBA labor deal and got to the definitions section of Title VII, Section 12 — "Escrow Arrangement" — I thought a new language had been introduced. I was confronted by "Aggregate Compensation Adjustment Amount Shortfall," "Individual Compensation Adjustment Amount" and other defined shortfalls, overages, limits and amounts.

    This is the most complex section of the collective-bargaining agreement. It requires players to pay back to the NBA salaries that exceed negotiated limits, and to have their contracts amended to reduce future payments by the team to conform to the agreement's economic limits. In March, players were having salary amounts escrowed. At that time, it was possible that the escrowed amounts would be paid to the league when the final accounting was completed in August. Hunter was not pleased, and he said that something had to be done.

    The NBA escrow agreement is unique in sports because it is the enforcement section of a deal that contains a salary cap. It allows for the recovery of player compensation that exceeds the salary cap's limits. The NBA salary cap is 48.04 percent of basketball-related income, or BRI (which is basically the total of revenue from ticket sales, television, concessions, licensing, etc.). The escrow arrangement became effective for the 2001-02 season, so Hunter was faced with the prospect of his players having salary deducted if accountants determined that the rules of the collective-bargaining agreement had been exceeded.

    It is important to recall that this agreement was negotiated during the lockout in 1999, which occurred when NBA salaries exceeded limits that allowed for the reopening of the old agreement. The deal that contains the escrow arrangement was part of the settlement of that dispute. Hunter's concerns in March of this year are now reality, and a storm is brewing.

    To look at the tempest ahead, we need to look at the collective-bargaining agreement. The focus of the current deal is player salary control under what is termed a "soft" salary cap.

    The collective-bargaining agreement is complete in its control of NBA players from the rookie draft to retirement. It sets team salary caps, rookie salary caps and individual player salary caps and limits the amount salaries in multiyear contracts can be increased from year to year.

    The salary cap is termed "soft" because there are 11 exceptions to the individual player and team salary caps that teams can use to exceed it. The system is fine-tuned to control compensation in order to provide for financial stability in the league.

    In any such agreement, with its complex rules, exceptions to rules and flexible salary structures, there must be a way to adjust if the soft cap allows salaries to rise too far over negotiated limits. For example, the soft cap is set at 48.04 percent of BRI ($40,271,000 per team in 2002-03) and exceptions allow salaries to rise above that amount. But when salaries exceed 55 percent of BRI, the escrow rules kick in to push salaries back to 55 percent.

    Because of the salary cap exceptions, teams often go above the cap limit. If aggregate player salaries and benefits for the entire league exceed 61.1 percent, a luxury tax is imposed. (Assume, say, a $2.6 billion BRI for the league, which is a $51 million escrow limit per team. A team with a $70 million payroll, then, would pay $19 million as a tax.) The tax payments, in conjunction with the escrow payments, serve to keep salaries and benefits at 55 percent of BRI.

    Remembering Hunter's displeasure, I was not surprised when I heard about his filing a grievance this summer. The reason for it has been elusive, however.

    The union has a contractual right to grieve over a limited number of issues related to the escrow arrangement. For example, it can contest the NBA's calculation of the projected Aggregate Compensation Adjustment Amount, which is the amount of excessive salary set by the NBA and indicates the amount of salary that will be taken from player paychecks.

    Furthermore, the agreement is very clear about who owns the money after the escrow agent pays it to the league: "All amounts remitted to the NBA by the escrow agent or NBA teams shall be the exclusive property of the NBA and the use and or distribution of all such amounts, including the allocation or distribution of such amounts to one or more NBA teams, if any, shall be within the NBA's exclusive distribution."

    There is not a lot of wiggle room in that paragraph, but the payment of the money, it turns out, is the issue in the arbitration. The NBA has developed a plan that distributes the money to all team owners except those who paid the luxury tax.

    The union, it seems, uses the circumvention language of the agreement, which says "that provisions of the agreement must be interpreted so as to preserve the essential benefits achieved by both parties to the agreement." The union claims that the NBA payment plan breaches the collective-bargaining agreement.

    A grievance over a new contract provision is not rare, but the importance of this grievance is in its very existence. The language of the labor agreement is clear about the ownership of the money collected under the escrow arrangement, and a grievance shows only that the parties have not settled into a long-term labor-management relationship that eschews contentiousness for discussion and compromise.

    Two major sports leagues, the NFL and the NBA, have excellent labor agreements that will serve both the players and the leagues well for the future. MLB and the NHL have problems and will be engaged in negotiations again to correct their flawed systems. By filing a grievance over the way escrow money is paid, the NBA players are setting off on an unfortunate course that may prove that a labor storm is in basketball's future.

    Clark C. Griffith (cgriffith@sportsbusinessjournal.com) is a Minneapolis lawyer and arbitrator and former part owner of the Minnesota Twins.

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