In Richmond, Graham Moomaw in a front-page piece cites officials as saying that if the city's Economic Development Authority were to "sell naming rights to the proposed Shockoe Bottom baseball stadium," it would cut the Double-A Eastern League Richmond Flying Squirrels’ annual lease payment "by $600,000, or almost a third." The anticipated proceeds from a naming-rights deal would essentially be built in to the Squirrels’ $1.7M annual lease payment, "but would be removed if the EDA can strike a sponsorship deal itself for more money." Richmond Chief Administrative Officer Byron Marshall said that city officials "believe the naming rights would sell for more than $600,000, but after factoring in other obligations to a sponsor such as signage, advertising and suites, that would be the net value" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 11/15).
PIPE DREAM? The S.F. Chronicle's Ann Killion said of whether the Warriors will get their new waterfront arena in S.F., "That waterfront arena is never going to get built, it just isn't. The people of San Francisco made that perfectly clear in the last election." S.F.-based KGMZ-FM show host Dan Dibley said, "The Warriors will never build an arena on that spot." Dibley: "You're not going to retrofit a pier and throw an arena down there. If you live down there, you don't want this thing" ("Yahoo Sports Talk Live," CSN Bay Area, 11/13).
PUT AWAY THE SKATES: REDEYECHICAGO.com's Leonor Vivanco noted an ice rink at Wrigley Field "won't open this winter to skaters after a four-year stint," as the Cubs "decided not to do it again due to plans to overhaul the ballpark property." Cubs VP/Communications & Community Affairs Julian Green in an e-mail wrote, "We planned for construction to start this offseason so we had to make a decision on this a few months ago. Unfortunately, we've yet to start to construction and resources have been diverted" (REDEYECHICAGO.com, 11/13).