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nsolo
03-26-2013, 10:27 PM
With U.S. Cellular being bought out by Sprint, which includes the Chicago area, will we see a name change at the ballpark?

Just wondering.

RKMeibalane
03-26-2013, 10:30 PM
:reinsy

"You mean I need to cell, sorry, sell? Your thoughts?"

vinny
03-26-2013, 10:37 PM
No. The name deal runs until 2023 anyway.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-07/business/ct-biz-1108-us-cellular-20121108_1_subscriber-base-chicago-area-sprint-nextel

http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/white-sox-talk/us-cellular-field-name-stays-now

nsolo
03-26-2013, 10:43 PM
No. The name deal runs until 2023 anyway.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-11-07/business/ct-biz-1108-us-cellular-20121108_1_subscriber-base-chicago-area-sprint-nextel

http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/white-sox-talk/us-cellular-field-name-stays-now

Thanks for the links. They do address my question, but knowing the double speak of business, I wouldn't be surprised if the future held a name change.

Viva Medias B's
03-26-2013, 10:46 PM
I would think we'd see a name change eventually. Would it make sense to have a ballpark named after a company that is essentially defunct in Chicagoland?

DumpJerry
03-26-2013, 11:07 PM
We might see more Scott Podsednik-type players if they change the name.

shingo10
03-27-2013, 04:52 PM
In my opinion you'd have to be an idiot not to make the name changes to stadiums when companies are willing to dish out so much cash. Heck I'd change the name of it every year if you could make more money.

Because it sounds pretty nice when someone calls it "home of the 2005 world series champions."

kittle42
03-27-2013, 04:56 PM
Because it sounds pretty nice when someone calls it "home of the 2005 world series champions."

It actually sounds a little worse every passing year.

shingo10
03-27-2013, 09:06 PM
It actually sounds a little worse every passing year.


True. It will sound better when it is "home of the perennial world series contender Chicago White Sox."

Golden Sox
03-27-2013, 10:19 PM
While we're on the subject of the future, has anybody noticed that Forbes said the White Sox franchise is the 11th most valuable in MLB, worth $692 Million. Forbes also maintains that the White Sox are #14 in total revenue in MLB with $216 million. I think its quite obvious that the White Sox are a profitable team. Anybody who thinks the White Sox are not making money is misreading the situation. With the stadium and TV deals the White Sox have, it seems to me that the White Sox can't help but make money here in Chicago.

shingo10
03-28-2013, 12:06 AM
While we're on the subject of the future, has anybody noticed that Forbes said the White Sox franchise is the 11th most valuable in MLB, worth $692 Million. Forbes also maintains that the White Sox are #14 in total revenue in MLB with $216 million. I think its quite obvious that the White Sox are a profitable team. Anybody who thinks the White Sox are not making money is misreading the situation. With the stadium and TV deals the White Sox have, it seems to me that the White Sox can't help but make money here in Chicago.


That's interesting. I thought they lost money in 2011 but apparently they still do okay...

DSpivack
03-28-2013, 12:09 AM
That's interesting. I thought they lost money in 2011 but apparently they still do okay...

I'm not sure that I believe any team in pro sports when they claim to lose money.

pythons007
03-28-2013, 02:33 PM
I'm not sure that I believe any team in pro sports when they claim to lose money.

There are always ways to fix the books....

GlassSox
03-28-2013, 03:11 PM
There are always ways to fix the books....

Figures don't lie but liars can figure!

amsteel
03-28-2013, 03:25 PM
Doesn't the deal with Sprint effectively end US Cellular's presence in the Chicago area? If that's the case it would seem to be a colossal waste of marketing to name a park after a product the majority of it's customers cannot access.

It's akin to naming an east coast park "In N' Out Stadium".

mantis1212
03-28-2013, 03:51 PM
Wouldn't Sprint have the right to change it to "Sprint Field" then? Is there already a Sprint Field somewhere?

Nellie_Fox
03-28-2013, 04:16 PM
Wouldn't Sprint have the right to change it to "Sprint Field" then? Is there already a Sprint Field somewhere?Maybe, but that wouldn't stop them. Do you know how many Verizon Centers there are?

Lamp81
03-28-2013, 05:35 PM
Maybe, but that wouldn't stop them. Do you know how many Verizon Centers there are?

Or American Airlines Arenas, and a potential additional one when US Air and American merge.

anewman35
03-28-2013, 05:36 PM
Wouldn't Sprint have the right to change it to "Sprint Field" then? Is there already a Sprint Field somewhere?

Sprint isn't buying US Cellular - US Cellular is selling some of it's assets to Sprint. That doesn't include the naming rights to the Cell, so Sprint won't have any say over that.

skobabe8
03-28-2013, 06:21 PM
There's a US Cellular Arena in Milawaukee.

SephClone89
03-28-2013, 06:27 PM
There's a US Cellular Arena in Milawaukee.

And a US Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington-Normal.

StillMissOzzie
03-28-2013, 11:12 PM
I would think we'd see a name change eventually. Would it make sense to have a ballpark named after a company that is essentially defunct in Chicagoland?

Since US Cellular waved the white flag in the Chicago market, maybe JR thinks it is still the perfect name. :whiteflag::whiteflag:

Still, even with the naming rights until 2023, I would not be surprised at all if a new name were to be granted to The Cell.

SMO

:o:

DSpivack
03-29-2013, 12:11 AM
Since US Cellular waved the white flag in the Chicago market, maybe JR thinks it is still the perfect name. :whiteflag::whiteflag:

Still, even with the naming rights until 2023, I would not be surprised at all if a new name were to be granted to The Cell.

SMO

:o:

That depends on the language in the contract. I see no reason why US Cellular would agree to someone replacing them to the effect that they get less for their $63 million (or whatever that was).

Lamp81
03-29-2013, 01:39 AM
I wonder if the contract allows US Cellular to sub-lease the naming rights.

They probably wouldn't want to grant the naming rights to Sprint, as Sprint will still be a competitor of theirs, just not in the Chicago market. They wouldn't want the Sprint mentions when the Sox are on ESPN, MLB, or WGN America, as those broadcasts would reach markets where Sprint and US Cellular still compete.

I'd guess that we'd be seeing a non-cell phone name on our stadium within the next couple of years. Any other national businesses that have a great relationship with the Sox?