The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 April 2005

I like "House o' Funk" myself

Express Personnel chairman Bob Funk, no stranger to downtown arenas — he owns the Oklahoma City Blazers hockey team — has been asked to bid on the naming rights for Tulsa's new arena.

Tulsa Vision Builders project director Bart Boatright confirms that Funk was offered a shot, but declined to name anyone else who might have been asked to bid; The Oklahoman called up Bank of Oklahoma, Williams Companies, and QuikTrip, three major Tulsa-based firms, none of whom, said their spokespersons, were participating.

Of course, had I a spare ten million or so — the naming rights for Oklahoma City's Ford Center went for $8.1 million a few years back — I might be inclined to hang Michael Bates' name over the door, just to see the reaction from various T-Town types.

Posted at 1:06 PM to Soonerland


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Charles G. Hill, writing about naming rights for Tulsa's new arena: Of course, had I a spare ten million or so the naming rights for Oklahoma City's Ford Center went for $8.1 million a few years back I might be inclined to hang Michael Bates' name ......[read more]

You know that's a pretty good idea. I'd be willing to pay for a ticket to see the look in a few peoples faces at the unveiling ceremony.

Posted by: Bobby at 10:47 PM on 2 April 2005

The following link does not mention the Ford Center, but it is a fairly extensive list of naming right deals.
http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/sportsbusiness/news/story?page=stadiumnames

Posted by: Steven Roemerman at 2:15 AM on 4 April 2005