Syracuse remains wed to Carrier as college naming rights industry takes off

first_imgUPDATED: Oct. 10, 2017 at 3:23 p.m.One morning in February 1979, then-Syracuse University Chancellor Melvin Eggers stood at a podium in Drumlins Country Club and announced a charitable gift that would alter the course of Syracuse sports history. It was believed to be a needed donation to finance construction of the new stadium on campus, but with it came unintended consequences.“It is most gratifying,” Eggers said that day, “that the keystone for this project — a major investment in central New York and a vote of confidence in SU — comes from Carrier, a most wonderful neighbor to everyone in the community.”With those words, Eggers set in motion a $2.75 million agreement between Syracuse and Carrier Corp., then the world’s largest manufacturer of air conditioning units and heaters. It was not a naming rights deal but a one-time gift, which contributed to keeping Dome construction on time.Now, more than 38 years later, the Dome is a fixture of central New York but leaves SU with an untapped source of revenue: a naming rights deal. Last fall, Syracuse was attempting to end its deal with Carrier, according to Bloomberg. By not getting out of its current agreement, Syracuse University is missing out on about $1.5 million per year in naming rights for the Dome, according to experts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBased on industry trends, renovations could tie into a name change as part of a wider rebranding. The university has said it will make significant upgrades to the Dome, including the installation of an air conditioning system and new roof. A timetable has not been announced.Syracuse University and Carrier Corp. did not reply to requests for comment on this story.Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorIn the months before Eggers stood at Drumlins, Syracuse needed to raise $9 million over an 18-month period to meet the September 1980 deadline. The university was searching for a private business to make a gift, and SU could not find any bidders until Carrier’s pledge. As a courtesy, Syracuse named the facility after the firm.Members of the SU Athletic Policy Board, which influenced the university’s decision to construct the Dome, said they believe Eggers made a phone call with Carrier Corp. sometime after New York state gave SU $15 million to start the project. Then, without much conversation with colleagues, Eggers inked the agreement with Carrier Corp.“We got a hell of a deal from the state on that,” said Ronald Cavanagh, a former professor at SU and member of the Athletic Policy Board. “Why Mel turned around and did what he did with Carrier on the naming is beyond me.”Melvin Holm, former Carrier Corp. chairman, promised his gift would lessen fears that Carrier, headquartered in Syracuse and the city’s largest employer, would leave the area. Yet, in 2004, the company closed the two manufacturing plants in East Syracuse, laying off 1,200 workers and moving those operations to Asia and the South.Throughout the 2000s, as Carrier’s footprint in the region faded, there were still discussions between SU and Carrier. In 2009, SU named the field at the Dome “Ernie Davis Legends Field,” in honor of SU’s 1961 Heisman Trophy running back. While most fans interviewed by The Daily Orange said they refer to the facility as just “the Dome” or “Carrier Dome,” there had been backlash for why the facility was not named in Davis’ honor in the first place.Dr. Jake Crouthamel, the athletic director at the time, said the deal with Carrier seemed necessary. The deadline to finance the Dome was looming. Buried in chapter 7 of a Syracuse sports stadium feasibility study from April 1976 are several paragraphs detailing how the cost to build large new stadiums spiked, somewhere between $5 million and $30 million. The Dome, a first-of-its-kind venue on a college campus, cost $31 million, according to SU tax documents.Meanwhile, bond interest rates had risen while ticket prices stagnated. As a result, revenue per seat had not risen as fast as the cost of providing the seat. The problem of financing a stadium had become difficult, especially for a private university like Syracuse that gets no state or federal funding for its operations.“The donation was better than nothing and nothing was what we were dealing with,” Crouthamel said. “In retrospect from a purely financial standpoint it was not a good deal, but it was the only deal out there and that to us was sure better than nothing.”Daily Orange File PhotoA late-1970s university-wide fundraising project raised more than $35 million, which was allocated to mostly academic buildings and programs. About $6.5 million of that went toward the Dome. Why more of that $35 million wasn’t allocated is “beyond me,” Cavanagh said.Nevertheless, a $15 million sum from the state accelerated the project. The state tacked on an additional $1 million to implement additional safety design, while $6 million came from the general operating fund at SU. Carrier’s gift brought SU’s funding drive to more than two-thirds complete, at around $21 million. More important, it made meeting deadline likely.“Without that donation,” said David Kaval, a lecturer in management at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, “the Carrier Dome probably wouldn’t be here.”The Dome project made naming rights deals more common for financing facilities, said Kaval, who is also the president of the Oakland Athletics and San Jose Earthquakes. He said the Dome ushered in a new era of getting stadiums completed via gifts and, over the next couple of decades, corporate sponsors.In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Louisville (Papa John’s) and Wake Forest (BB&T) are the only two schools with football naming rights deals. Nationwide, Washington, USC and Kentucky are among football programs with million-dollar deals. Pitt and Miami also play in stadiums with naming rights, but they don’t belong to the universities.With the San Jose Earthquake’s stadium, Kaval said that Avaya, a technology company and an existing partner, inquired about the possibility of a naming rights deal. One of SU’s existing partner could do the same, Kaval said. Some organizations hire a third-party firm to seek potential sponsors.“It’s like a marriage,” Kaval said. “You need to make sure you get to know the other group and be patient. There’s so much pressure to get stuff down yesterday. Both parties need to feel they get something out of it.”Experts said football stadiums can bring in lower price tags than arenas because, in part, sponsors are more willing to pay for facilities with multiple tenants. The Carrier Dome, which hosts football, basketball, lacrosse, Monster Jam and concerts, fits that bill and could be an effective sales point to companies, said Patrick Walsh, an associate professor of sport management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.Plus, naming rights deals can represent a few percentage points of an athletic department’s revenue. Naming rights are a revenue driver and can create positive associations between brands and teams, Walsh said. That’s important because over the past decade, only about 25 FBS schools generated more revenue than they spent, according to NCAA reports.Walsh cautions against the over-commercialization of college sports. Fans may respond negatively toward what could be a more corporate feel. Schools are also reluctant to pursue corporate name tags because, if the company moves out of town or struggles to sustain itself, like Carrier, the name doesn’t have as much weight or tie in the community, Walsh said.One particular challenge with the Dome, Walsh noted, is that because it’s been under the same name for nearly four decades, it would take “a long time” for people to call it the new name.It could be logical for a Dome naming rights deal to finance any potential renovations, Walsh said. At USC, revenue from its recent naming rights deal will reportedly help offset the $270 million renovations to the stadium, which are in the early stages. In 2013, Washington’s Husky Stadium got a $282 million makeover, before the university made an agreement with Alaska Airlines. The partnership benefits Washington because its teams use the airline for discounts on sports travel, which can be costly.“For any naming rights partnership to be successful,” Walsh said, “it can’t just be simply slapping the name on the side of an arena. That’s good from an awareness perspective, but you want both parties to be more involved with each other.”Back on the muggy Saturday night of Sept. 20, 1980, the Carrier Dome opened its doors. Holm, of Carrier, walked down a carpet toward midfield, alongside Eggers and other leaders of the Dome project. Holm waved to the sold-out Dome in its debut, a football game against Miami of Ohio.“You Mr. Holm gave this project the push that got it into high gear,” read the announcer, Marty Glickman.With that, Holm received a round of applause. He walked back off the field and down a Dome tunnel, the beneficiary of relatively small gift whose effects still linger nearly 40 years later.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, a graphic element misstated Syracuse University’s gift from Carrier Corp. as an annual payout. The university received the money as a one-time gift. The Daily Orange regrets this error.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics was misnamed. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Published on October 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Vahid Halilhodzic: The Future will be Revealed Today

first_imgST Due to the results of the previous matches that Trabzonspor played, the future decision on the staying or leaving Trabzonspor will be critical today. Namely, the last five matches revealed the following results which directly influenced the decision on the Halilhodzic’s staying in the club. To be more precise, Trabzonspor wrote 2 victories, that is 2:1 against Metalist and 1:0 against Legia Warszawa. On the other side, Trabzonspor was defeated by Karabukspor with the result of 3:0. In addition, they wrote down two draws against Kasimpasa and Istanbul Basak.When he started to lead the Trabzonspor, on the official welcome ceremony he said that he would do his best to bring the team into the UEFA Champions League but admitted that the future was hard to predict. However, now all eyes are on the next match which will be decisive for Halilhodzic as well as for the Trabzonspor.The match all are waiting with lot of patience will be played today at 15:00 o’clock against Mersin İdmanyurdu.Vahid Halilhodžić (born 15 October 1952) is a former Bosnian footballer turned manager, currently in charge of Turkish club Trabzonspor.Regarded as one of the best Yugoslav players in the 1970s and 1980s, Halilhodžić had successful playing spells with Velež Mostar, and French clubs Nantes and Paris Saint-Germain before retiring in the mid-1980s. He also appeared for the Yugoslav national team and was part of the squads which won the 1978 European Under-21 Championship before earning 15 full international caps for Yugoslavia.last_img read more

49ers vs. Seahawks final score: Seattle wins instant classic on last-second OT field goal

first_imgD.J. Jones uses his grown man strength for the sack! #GoNiners @djjones_44📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/EYV5S3rdIp— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 20198:31 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, 49ers. San Francisco’s drive stalls, and 49ers kicker Chase McLaughlin — filling in for the injured Robbie Gould — connects from 43. San Francisco 3, Seattle 0.8:21 p.m.: A defensive holding penalty wipes off an interception by cornerback Shaquill Griffin. The 49ers drive continues. 8:17 p.m.: San Francisco begins with the ball following a touchback. The Seahawks and 49ers played past midnight on the East Coast on Monday night, needing until the final second of overtime to decide a winner. Seattle kicker Jason Myers put a 42-yarder through the uprights to take a 27-24 win, dishing the 49ers their first loss of the season and tightening the NFC West race.San Francisco was in position to win the game on the prior drive, but rookie kicker Chase McLaughlin — filling in for an injured Robbie Gould — badly shanked a 47-yard field goal attempt. MORE: Three takeaways from the Seahawks’ win in OT thrillerThat was one of many wacky plays Monday. There were two scoop-and-scores (one by each team) and two turnovers inside the red zone (both by Seattle).San Francisco raced to a 10-0 lead, but the Seahawks scored 21 points in a row to take a 21-10 lead to the fourth quarter. After the 49ers evened the game again, the teams traded field goals on their final drives to head to overtime.There were five possessions in the extra period. Seattle was at the 14-yard line on the first drive, but Wilson threw his second interception of the season. A missed field goal and two punts later, the Seahawks got another chance, and they delivered.Sporting News tracked live scores, updates and highlights from the NFC West classic on “Monday Night Footbal.”49ers vs Seahawks score Q1Q2Q3Q4OTFinal49ers100014024Seahawks0714332749ers vs. Seahawks live updates, highlights12:06 a.m.: FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. Jason Myers makes a game-winning 42-yarder to cap a great back-and-forth affair. Seattle tightens the NFC West race and dishes the 49ers their first loss of the season. Seahawks 27, 49ers 24.THE GAME WINNER.42 YARDS.@SEAHAWKS WIN! #Seahawks #SEAvsSF pic.twitter.com/FdijK2Nueb— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201912:04 a.m.: Seattle will attempt a 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game.12:03 a.m.: Wilson scrambles for 18 yards on third-and-3, and the Seahawks are inside the 25 after a couple more plays.Russ runs into 49ers territory. #Seahawks📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/22JMJhkqRw— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201912:00 a.m.: Happy Tuesday, everybody. San Francisco goes three-and-out on a trio of Garoppolo incompletions. The 49ers took 25 seconds off the clock, and Seattle has the ball at its own 36 with 1:25 left.11:58 p.m.: Wilson’s pass is broken up on third-and-2. Not the best punt, and the 49ers take over on their own 20 with 1:50 to play and one timeout.11:55 p.m.: The Seahawks are on their own 45 at the 2-minute warning.11:53 p.m.: MISSED FIELD GOAL, 49ers. McLaughlin’s 49ers debut had been going well, but he badly misses a 47-yarder for the win. The discussion will be about the third-and-2 play that led to it, which was ruled short of the first down but easily could’ve gone the other way. It stood following a review.Parecía que @49ers podía ganar pero… ¡LO FALLÓ! 😱24-24 #SEAvsSF #NFLMX #GoNiners #NFL100 pic.twitter.com/9zKI7AtSEI— NFL México (@nflmx) November 12, 201911:47 p.m.: Garoppolo hits Raheem Mostert to convert a third-and-6, and the 49ers are at the 30-yard line one play later.11:44 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, 49ers. Wilson doesn’t put enough air under his pass, and Dre Greenlaw makes a great play to pick it off. Then, Greenlaw returns it just across midfield. Another massive play by the 49ers defense.INTERCEPTED!The @49ers pick it off and return it across the 50! #GoNiners @DreGreenlaw📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/9n0zwDex9r— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201911:42 p.m.: The Seahawks are in the red zone. Wilson saved the NFL from some controversy by nullifying a dodgy “in the grasp call” and converting a third-and-16.11:35 p.m.: Seattle wins the coin toss and will begin overtime with the ball. If you’re new here, a touchdown on the first drive wins the game, but the 49ers get the chance to answer a field goal.End fourth quarter: Seahawks 24, 49ers 2411:29 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, 49ers. Garoppolo and the offense do just enough on play after play, and the rookie McLaughlin hits a 47-yarder to tie the game with 1 second left in regulation. This game has lived up to the hype. Seahawks 24, 49ers 24.CHASE MCLAUGHLIN.The undrafted rookie ties it from 47 yards out! #GoNiners📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/CqNUmUO0t3— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201911:25 p.m.: Garoppolo’s first pass of the drive should’ve been intercepted but instead goes right through the hands of a Seahawk defender and falls incomplete.11:23 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Seahawks. The 49ers get a huge stop on third-and-1, but Seattle goes up a field goal with 1:45 to play. Seahawks 24, 49ers 21.11:05 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, 49ers. Bourne drops another would-be first down, and San Francisco settles for a game-tying field goal. Seahawks 21, 49ers 21.10:51 p.m.: SCOOP-AND-SCORE, 49ers. San Francisco scores on an absurd play. The D-line swarms Wilson, who fumbles the ball into the hands of offensive tackle Germain Ifedi. Fred Warner promptly punches the ball away from Ifedi, DeForest Buckner picks it up and is in the end zone shortly after. The 2-point conversion is good. Seahawks 21, 49ers 18.What just happened…?!TOUCHDOWN, @49ers defense! #GoNiners📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/uHBN5UxDf3— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 2019End third quarter: Seahawks 21, 49ers 1010:36 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks. The short field turns into points, as Carson plunges in from inside the 1-yard line. Seahawks 21, 49ers 10.10:32 p.m.: FUMBLE, 49ers. Clowney’s monster game continues. He swats the ball away from Garoppolo, and the Seahawks fall on it.CLOWNEY COMIN’ 😤😤😤 @clownejd📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/E0aeERufje— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201910:26 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, Seahawks. Wilson scrambles to get a first-and-goal. Then, he lobs a pass into the end zone, where Jacob Hollister comes down with a one-handed catch to give Seattle its first lead of the night. Seahawks 14, 49ers 10.With @DangeRussWilson … the play is never over. 😳 #Seahawks take the lead!📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/5jqOT7MzOb— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201910:23 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Seahawks. Bourne has a pass go off his hands and into the hands of Quandre Diggs, who was just traded to Seattle from the Lions. Diggs returns it to inside the red zone.The @Seahawks defense comes up BIG.Quandre Diggs intercepts Garoppolo and returns it inside the red zone. @qdiggs6 #Seahawks📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/rhU4sG8cQM— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201910:12 p.m.: Another sack on third down ends a Seattle drive.10:07 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, 49ers. On fourth-and-2 in no-man’s land, Garoppolo throws incomplete.10:01 p.m.: FUMBLE, Seahawks. Rashaad Penny coughs it up just across midfield, and the 49ers recover. Another big stop from San Francisco.Another turnover for the stout @49ers defense 💪 #GoNiners📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VGjZhH pic.twitter.com/d5NvjLus06— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 201910:00 p.m.: Seattle begins with possession in the second half.Halftime: 49ers 10, Seahawks 79:34 p.m.: DK Metcalf was inside the 5-yard line, but then Jaquiski Tartt ripped the ball away from him. The play was whistled dead on the field but overturned. A huge play to help preserve San Francisco’s lead at the half.Jaquiski Tartt strips DK at the goal line! 😱Big turnover for the @49ers defense. #GoNiners @Quaski29📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/0Nr5t6ixVM— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 20199:23 p.m.: SCOOP-AND-SCORE, Seahawks. Jadeveon Clowney picks up a sack-fumble forced by Jarran Reed and goes 10 yards into the end zone to get Seattle on the board and inject some life into the game. 49ers 10, Seahawks 7.SCOOP AND SCORE.Jarran Reed forces and @Clownejd takes the fumble to the house! #Seahawks @1j_reed📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/SLVEGMEnch— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 20199:11 p.m.: Already missing George Kittle, the 49ers offense takes another hit.Emmanuel Sanders (rib) questionable to return— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 12, 20199:04 p.m.: San Francisco brings a blitz on third down and earns its second drive-ending sack.Comin’ in HOT 🔥 @fred_warner with authority 😤 #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/ytApBFR3Dx— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 12, 2019End first quarter: 49ers 10, Seahawks 08:53 p.m.: The 49ers force another three-and-out. Seattle’s time of possession in the first quarter will be less than four minutes.8:48 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, 49ers. San Francisco goes 83 yards on seven plays. The only third down was a third-and-8 from the 10-yard line, which ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Kendrick Bourne. 49ers 10, Seahawks 0.Bourne to score TDs. 🙌 @BournePoly11 @49ers up 10-0 in the first quarter. #GoNiners📺: #SEAvsSF on ESPN📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/SlB0VG2nT7 pic.twitter.com/83zmflFdcr— NFL (@NFL) November 12, 20198:35 p.m.: DJ Jones destroys backup center Joey Hunt and takes down Wilson on third down. Seattle goes three-and-out.last_img read more