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• Charles Wang, 74, businessman and former owner of the New York Islanders (2000-16), passed away on Sunday morning. RIP.

• ESPN said it generated its best NBA opening week rating since 2014 on Saturday for LeBron James’ home-opener with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers vs. Rockets game telecast, won by Houston, 124-115, drew a 2.5 metered market rating, also making it the highest-rated NBA regular season game on ESPN since the Warriors 73rd win game in April of 2016.

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Sep042018

State Farm Continues Name Game, Adds NFL Super Bowl Stadium To Roster

By Barry Janoff

September 4, 2018: One week after taking naming rights to the arena that is home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, State Farm has added another venue to its roster, signing an 18-year naming rights deal to the home of the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals.

The stadium that since its opening in August 2006 has been known as University of Phoenix Stadium will now be called State Farm Stadium, with signage to be installed in time for the team’s home opener on Sept. 9 against the Washington Redskins.

Arizona Sports & Tourism Authority is the owner of the stadium.

Financial terms of the deal were not shared.

Among other recent NFL stadium naming rights deals, Mercedes-Benz in 2015 signed a 27-year deal for the Atlanta Falcons new home, valued at upward of $324 million; U.S. Bank in 2015 signed a 25-year deal for the Minnesota Vikings new stadium valued at $220 million; and Hard Rock International in 2016 signed an 18-year deal for the Miami Dolphins home stadium valued at $250 million, all according to industry analysts.

“We were intent on finding a relationship that was an ideal fit with our organization and this community in terms of values, priorities and culture,” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill said in a statement.

“With State Farm, we absolutely did that.”

The Stadium is scheduled to host Super Bowl LVII in February 2023 — its third following Super Bowl XLII (2008) and Super Bowl XLIX (2015) — and the NCAA Div. I Men’s Final Four in 2024 (which the venue hosted in 2017).

In addition, State Farm Stadium is scheduled to be the site for a College Football Playoff semifinal game three times between now and 2026.

It also hosts the annual college football Fiesta Bowl.

State Farm now has naming rights to sports venues in two of its three regional hubs, Atlanta and Phoenix. The third hub is Dallas, according to the firm.

The Bloomington, Ill.-headquartered insurance firm has naming rights to the multipurpose State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas., located about 500 miles south of Dallas.

In 2013, State Farm signed a 30-year deal with the University of Illinois, valued at $60 million, for naming rights to sports venue, State Farm Center.

On September 26, 2006 the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights to the stadium valued at $154.5 million over 20 years.

In April 2017, University of Phoenix said it would end its naming rights deal after 11 years, citing financial problems.

University of Phoenix will remain a team sponsor as the Cardinals' "official education partner."

The stadium has undergone a $28 million renovation over the past two years, according to Arizona Cardinals ownership. “The stadium has never looked better,” Bidwill said in a statement.

“We were intent on finding a relationship that was an ideal fit with our organization and this community in terms of values, priorities and culture."

As in its other regional hubs. State Farm said it is an active member of the local community.

According to Michael Tipsord, State Farm chairman and CEO, “State Farm is committed to making a difference and so are the Arizona Cardinal.

“Working with them gives s the chance to build even stronger communities in Arizona and helps us build our brand nationally.”

“While this is a comprehensive marketing agreement, there will be a major focus on community programs that will have a positive impact across our state,” the Cardinals’ Bidwlll said in a statement.

“State Farm is one of the most-respected and recognizable brands in the world and Phoenix is fortunate to be one of its three hub markets.”

Although financial information for State Farm’s naming rights deal in Atlanta was put at $175 million over 20 years, a company spokesperson said in a statement “that was not correct.”

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