February 9th, 2011

Soldier Field Safe Under Next Mayor

Chicago Sun Times

For a while, NFL stadiums were sweet on suites. But now the name’s the game.
Of the NFL’s 32 teams, 19 have naming-rights deals — many worth millions annually — and several other prominent stadiums are searching for a corporate partner.

Los Angeles hasn’t had a team since the Raiders headed back upstate, but it already has secured a lucrative naming-rights deal in anticipation of the NFL’s homecoming to Hollywood; Farmers Insurance agreed to a 30-year, $700 million agreement on a proposed stadium.
Although Chicago soon will elect a new mayor, the Bears’ home will remain Soldier Field. According to their spokespeople, three of the top mayoral candidates would not consider a name change in any way, while one would be open to exploring the subject only if it included the name ‘‘Soldier Field.’’

Read more:  http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/bears/3731413-419/soldier-field-safe-under-next-mayor.html

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