The gist of the article is that Bank One has signed a deal with the Bears to make it "Bears football presented by Bank One", a phrase which according to the article the team plans to use in advertising/promotional and other materials, as well as the expected gobs of signage and other things. They would have gotten the stadium name too most likely if the city hadn't shut that possibility down.
As if the coming season wasn't bleak enough, now I have the first corporately sponsored NFL team. Great.
Ha, I was just about to post a thread with the same exact title (minus the "?!") as soon as I read about this.
This kind of reminds me of the time when the WWF started having corporate sponsors for their PPVs over a decade ago, and me not liking it when (IIRC) Super Soakers presented WMXII. As far as the deal with the Bears goes, this makes "Invesco Field at Mile High" seem like nothing in comparison.
(edited by Broncolanche on 24.6.03 1411) People who drink light "beer" don't like the taste of beer; they just like to pee a lot.
I just wonder how deep into the goodwill bank they can dig before fans in this city begin to give them the same treatment the Blackhawks and White Sox have been seeing. They pissed off a lot of folks when they tried to sell naming rights to Soldier Field, and this will not help any. So they may get an infusion of present day cash, but in the long term this might not be as helpful as it seems. Just ask any Chicagoan where the White Sox play. (and yes, I know we still often though not always use "United Center" but that works only because it's not an obtrusive sponsor name. It sounds like it could be something better. If it were 3Com Center people would be still saying "The Stadium" for it.)
So, is anyone actually going to call them that if they aren't contractually obligated to? I don't think so. Great move on their part: they get a buttload of money, and people can keep on calling them the Chicago Bears. People will piss and moan, but really, I don't see it catching on.
All the revenue sources in the world won't help them get into the playoffs.
Over 1450 posts and still never a Wiener of the Day!
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He may not get them in the playoffs- but he sure can get them into any of the finer Chicago area rest stops. Wink wink nudge nudge.
(edited by Ffej on 25.6.03 1640) WIENER OF THE DAY! July 6, 2002!
Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham!, you just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he's not Dracula, but you just say, "Think again, bat man."
"America may have some problems, but it's our home. Our team. And if you don't wanna root for your team...then you should get the hell out of the stadium. Go America."--Stan Marsh, South Park
So lame...so very lame. Maybe a good financial move on their part...but still so very lame. Ah, the giddiness of contempt for Da Bears.
Of course, the city of Green Bay has been desperate to sell naming rights for the newly-renovated Lambeau (which my employer, WBAY-TV, says is about 95% done) for awhile now, but nobody's biting. Plus most folks up here, including team president Bob Harlan, would rather leave the Lambeau Field name alone.
I wonder if we'll hear "Bank One sucks!" chants from my fellow citizens of Cheesehead Nation when those Windy City doormats come to Lambeau. (And will my buddy reporter from WLS-TV in Chitown have to say that crap when he and I cover the game up here?)
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