Syracuse AD: No Reasoning Behind Dropping "Carrier" References
Syracuse AD John Wildhack said that there was "no 'rhyme or reason' and 'no underlying story' behind the timing of the changes" regarding the school's decision to drop references to the "Carrier Dome" in its football media guide for this season, according to Chris Carlson of the Syracuse POST-STANDARD. Wildhack said, "The name is still on the building. Again, we're trying to use the language our fans use. Our fans refer to it as the Dome. We're proud of it." The changes have "come as the two sides are locked in a 'lifetime' agreement that has aged poorly" for the school. Syracuse VP & Chief Facilities Officer Pete Sala in '16 said that the school was "seeking more money from Carrier." Neither side has "provided a substantial update on the state of those negotiations since." Syracuse has "not referred to Carrier in any of the announcements regarding the building's upcoming renovations since they were announced" in '16. A Carrier spokesperson in an email statement last week said that the company "intended to contact Syracuse regarding the changes." But Wildhack on Wednesday said that he had "not been contacted." The naming-rights deal between the two sides was made in '79 and is "likely costing" Syracuse more than $1M in "potential revenue annually" (Syracuse POST-STANDARD, 9/6).