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T-Mobile Arena, Home of the Vegas Golden Knights

Professional sports has finally arrived in Sin City. The National Hockey League's 31st team will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights; the NHL's first expansion team since 2000. No one thought hockey would be the first sport to land in the desert, however, Las Vegas businessman and Golden Knights owner Bill Foley fell in love with the sport many years ago and has teamed up with the Maloof Family to make his dream a reality.

PPG Paints Arena, Home of the Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins have changed the name of their home arena from the Consol Energy Center to PPG Paints Arena. Pittsburgh Penguins fans were shocked to hear of the new naming rights deal considering the arena opened just six short years ago and already has it's second corporate naming rights sponsor.

Denver Broncos Home Stadium

After sporting goods retailer Sports Authority declared bankruptcy in 2016, the Denver Broncos were left without a corporate sponsor to put their name on the team's home stadium. Instead, the Broncos temporarily changed the venue's name to Mile High Stadium, much to the delight of Denver Broncos fans. 

Gila River Arena, Home of the Arizona Coyotes

The Arizona Coyotes are taking a page out of the Florida Panthers' book and requesting funds for a new home arena miles from downtown Phoenix. (The Florida Panthers' home arena is in suburban Sunrise, Florida). CEO Anthony Leblanc and the Arizona Coyotes front office are seeking a brand new arena in Tempe, Arizona near Arizona State University. The proposed arena is estimated to require $400 million for construction, half of which will be paid by local taxpayers, the other half by the Arizona Coyotes organization. 

BB&T Center, Home of the Florida Panthers 

"The Rat Trick" is one of the more popular fan traditions in the National Hockey League, however, it is also somewhat of a well kept secret. A few of the more popular fan traditions in the NHL include the Chicago Blackhawks fans that cheer during the national anthem and the Detroit Red Wings fans that throw Octopus onto the ice at Joe Louis Arena. That could be because the Florida Panthers don't get nearly as much media exposure or have as large of a fan base as other NHL teams. However, how this quirky tradition began is legendary. 

Bridgestone Arena, Home of the Nashville Predators 

If you're an avid NHL fan, you're likely already familiar with the Octopus toss at Joe Louis Arena, home of the Detroit Red Wings. That particular tradition began back in the 1950's during a Detroit Red Wings playoff run. The Nashville Predators fans decided to mimic the Octopus tradition during a game between the Red Wings and the Predators in October of 2002 by throwing a catfish onto the ice at Bridgestone Arena. 

Vivint Smart Home Arena, Home of the Utah Jazz

Vivint, a services provider for smart home and security products, has purchased the naming rights to the Utah Jazz home arena in Salt Lake City. The venue has been known as EnergySolutions Arena since 2006 and the Delta Center between 1991 and 2006. In fact, many Utah Jazz fans still refer to the building as the Delta Center.  

Spectrum Center, Home of the Charlotte Hornets

Professional basketball has been through the wringer in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Charlotte Hornets originally vacated for New Orleans in 2002. Charlotte's WNBA team, the Sting, folded in 2007. The old Charlotte Coliseum was demolished and Time Warner Cable Arena was erected. The Charlotte Bobcats reappeared in 2004 as an expansion team and performed terribly for many years. Michael Jordan purchased a stake in the team in 2010 and basketball fans became more optimistic about their future. Jordan changed the name of the franchise's name back to the Hornets with the hopes of giving the organization a face-lift and new feel. And now, Time Warner Cable Arena is changing it's name to the Spectrum Center in light of a $55 billion merger.

Nationals Park, Home of the Washington Nationals

If you're a Washington Nationals fan that took pride in the fact that your favorite team didn't play in a stadium named after a large corporation, well, you won't like this news. Ted Lerner and family are exploring the idea of striking a deal that would put a sponsor's name on the ballpark in time for the 2017 MLB season. The Washington Nationals organization originally tried to sell the ballpark's naming rights in 2008 when the venue first opened but were unsuccessful. 

Guaranteed Rate Field, Home of the Chicago White Sox 

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U.S. Cellular Field, home ballpark of the Chicago White Sox, has changed it's name to Guaranteed Rate Field and many baseball fans on the south side aren't happy. The deal is worth less than the previous deal with telecommunications company U.S. Cellular. The sponsorship agreement with Guaranteed Rate will pay the Chicago White Sox $25 million for thirteen years or about $2 million per season, far below the league average. The name change became official on November 1st, 2017.

KeyBank Center, Home of the Buffalo Sabres

In today's fast paced world of professional sports, it's become the norm for a large corporation to purchase the naming rights to a stadium or arena. The fans seem to hate the trend, however, these sponsorship agreements provide a steady stream of revenue for the sports organizations. The agreement also provides the corporation with a unique branding opportunity; a win-win for both parties. The home arena of the NHL's Buffalo Sabres has endured yet another name change. 

Metlife Stadium, Home of the New York Jets 

In case you haven't already noticed, the National Football League is a money making machine. Whether it's through ticket sales, merchandise, fantasy football, television deals or corporate sponsors, the company is making money at every turn. Corporations throughout the United States have taken advantage of the league's popularity by purchasing the naming rights to the majority of the league's 31 NFL stadiums. This move nets each team millions of dollars in additional revenue each season. 

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Home of the Detroit Pistons 

Since the turn of the century, large corporations have spent more than $5 billion on sponsorship agreements with professional sports teams in North America. And who could blame them? Why wouldn't you want your brand plastered all over stadiums and arenas with capacities of between 15,000 and 80,000 fans. Not to mention the notoriety these venues receive on television when live games are broadcast. Sports is big business in North America. 

Exterior View of Rogers Place, Home of the Edmonton Oilers

Naming rights deals for stadiums and arenas are one of the safest and steadiest forms of long term revenue for professional sports teams. With the explosion of the National Hockey League's popularity over the last ten or so years, fans can expect to see the naming rights agreements for NHL arenas to become larger and larger both in incentive and length. 

Center Field Gate at Nationals Park in Washington DC, Home of the Washington Nationals

Major League Baseball fans love traveling the country and scoping out all of the ballparks that the league has to offer. They enjoy seeing the dimensions of the field and stadium, the variety in stadium capacity, the differences in fan culture, the landscape surrounding the ballpark, etc. In case you haven't already noticed, the majority of Major League ballparks are named after a corporation. We know. You hate corporations and in most cases, the local taxpayers paid for the bulk of a stadium's construction costs and should have some say in the name. However, Major League Baseball franchises are leaving millions of dollars in extra revenue on the table by not forming sponsorship agreements with corporations.

Obstructed View Seats at Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs

Part of what makes Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, so charming is that it's an old ballpark built in a completely different era of time. It also has a ton of history. No, the Chicago Cubs haven't always been a dominant franchise on the field. However, there are few that will disagree that Wrigley Field easily provides baseball fans with the ultimate Major League Baseball experience. That is, unless you purchase the wrong seats. Here is a breakdown of the worst seats at Wrigley Field.

Obstructed View Seats at Fenway Park, Home of the Boston Red Sox

Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is arguably Major League Baseball’s most beloved ballpark. It’s old, it’s quirky, it’s historic and it’s located on the festive Yawkey Way in Boston’s Kenmore neighborhood. It's also the only ballpark in Major League Baseball with wooden seats. However, many baseball fans often aren’t too thrilled when they arrive at their seats for the game, only to find out that their view of the field is obstructed. It’s annoying and it’s happened to me before at Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. Our staff wanted to do our best to help educate baseball fans on the worst seats at Fenway Park. Here is the breakdown.

Chase Center, Future Home of the Golden State Warriors

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Banking and financial services giant JPMorgan Chase have purchased the naming rights to the future home arena of the Golden State Warriors. The arena will be known as the "Chase Center" and will debut at the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. The terms of the deal were not disclosed although many anticipate the deal to easily be in excess of $100 million. JPMorgan Chase already owns the naming rights to Chase Field, home of the MLB's Arizona Diamondbacks.  

Little Caesar's Arena Construction, Future Home of the Detroit Red Wings 

The Detroit Red Wings will move out of the storied Joe Louis Arena in 2017 and into new their digs; Little Caesar's Arena in downtown Detroit, Michigan. The naming rights deal with Little Caesar's was recently completed which will net the Red Wings organization $125 million over a 20 year period - just a little over $6 million per season. For those of you that don't already know, the Illitch family owns both the Detroit Red Wings and Little Caesar's Pizza as well as Olympia Entertainment. The parent company; Illitch Holdings was founded in Detroit in 1999 by Mike and Marian Illitch. 

Mile High Stadium, Home of the Denver Broncos

The Denver Broncos organization have officially dropped Sports Authority Field from their home stadium's name. Until a new naming rights deal is completed, the stadium will be known as Mile High Stadium. Sports Authority purchased the stadium's naming rights in 2011 after being previously known as Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium. The original Mile High Stadium stood on the same site as the current stadium and was the home to the Denver Broncos from 1960 to 2000. 

Hard Rock Stadium, Home of the Miami Dolphins

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Hospitality giant Hard Rock International has purchased the naming rights to the Miami Dolphins' home stadium, formerly named Sun Life Stadium. The naming rights deal with Sun Life Financial expired in January of 2016. The deal is reported to run for 18 seasons at a sale of $250 million; just a little under $14 million per season. Miami Dolphins fans will be able to visit Hard Rock Stadium on August 29th at 1 PM for an open practice and first hand look.