USC and United Airlines have agreed to a new naming rights deal for the Coliseum, after facing some backlash regarding the original name change. USC and United had initially struck an agreement in May 2017 to rename the stadium United Airlines Memorial Coliseum. The 16-year deal provided USC over $69 million to use toward the Coliseum’s renovation, part of a $315 million undertaking. Although United officials initially said that the company would be willing to step away from the agreement if USC did not agree to the original name change, the company said it has much to gain from taking on such a prominent role in the Los Angeles community. “USC is honored to be the caretaker of this Los Angeles treasure and, together with United, we are ensuring the Coliseum’s future as a world-class venue,” Austin said in a statement. “The naming of the field is a significant step in USC’s efforts to usher in a modern era for this historic landmark and preserve its legacy.” Shortly after the original naming rights deal was agreed upon, veterans groups protested that changing the name of the stadium would dilute its identity as a memorial to World War I veterans. Neither USC nor United have released the financial details of the new agreement, which was shortened to 10 years instead of the original 16. Under the revised deal, USC and United said they will support the stadium’s commitment to honor local veterans by supporting veterans who attend USC and erecting a new memorial at the Coliseum to honor veterans. Hahn also pointed out the numerous historical events that the Coliseum has hosted — including the 1932 and 1984 summer Olympics and a visit from Nelson Mandela — to emphasize the idea that the Coliseum serves just as much as a war memorial as it does a sports stadium. The two parties came to a 10-year deal that will result in a new name for just the field, instead of the entire stadium. The field will now be called the United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum starting August. “I think there are certain things that we shouldn’t sell,” said Janice Hahn, president of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission, who sided with the veterans back in March. “The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was built in an effort to honor those men who were from Los Angeles that marched off in World War I and never came back.” Interim president Wanda M. Austin agreed with Hahn’s perspective that the benefits of the deal extend far beyond the Coliseum’s renovation. Photo from USC News “With so many employees, many of whom are proud veterans themselves, and customers that travel to or call [Los Angeles] home, this sponsorship is a meaningful way to underscore our commitment to California,” said Janet Lamkin, president of California for United Airlines, in a statement. “We always want to do what is best for the communities in which we operate — and in this case, reaching an agreement which upholds the name of such a respected venue while modernizing it for the benefit of future generations was the right thing to do.” “I am pleased that USC and United have come together in a way that will honor the memories of veterans who served in World War I and our broader community of veterans,” Hahn said in a statement. “This agreement ensures that United Airlines remains an important corporate sponsor of the Coliseum renovation project and that the legacy of the Coliseum remains. I am proud that we are moving forward with a shared commitment to veterans.” The introduction of the field’s new name will coincide with USC’s first football game on Aug. 31 against Fresno State at the Coliseum.
A FIFA task force has recommended that the 2022 World Cup of soccer be held in the winter. A final decision is to be taken at a meeting of FIFA’s executive committee next month.The recommendation announced by the task force on Tuesday, was expected to meet major resistance from Europe’s major professional soccer leagues, including Germany’s Bundesliga, the English Premier League, and Spain’s La Liga, as it would cause major disruption to their domestic seasons.Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al-Khalifa, the head of the Asian Football Confederation told reporters in Doha, where the task force met, that all options would be reviewed at next month’s meeting of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich.”Some people have concerns, but whatever decision you’re going to take will have some questions about it,” Sheikh Salman said.”But… we need to look at the overall benefit of everybody.”He also said that the task force had proposed shortening the length of the tournament by a few days, but that there were no plans to cut the number of games (64) or teams (32) involved in the tournament.Qatar won the right to host the 2022 World Cup based on the assumption that it would take place in June and July as is traditionally the case, but objections were quickly raised from various quarters, warning that high summer temperatures could be extremely uncomfortable for supporters and potentially dangerous to the health of the players. The entire bidding process for the 2022 World Cup, as well as the 2018 edition of the tournament, which was won by Russia, has also been the subject of much controversy.
Rep. Larry Younquoi of Nimba County District #8 has written his colleagues asking for national stakeholders’ conference on the rubber sector.Rep. Larry P. Younquoi of District #8 in Nimba County, in his letter, stressed that Executive Order #60 placed on the Rubber Industry by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; making Firestone the sole company to purchase rubber is not effective now.He said with the current absence of the Executive #60 it is now time for the Legislature to seize the opportunity to ensure that the sector does not slide back into the jurisdiction of an Executive Order as there are plethora of laws and other legal instruments for the governance of the sector.Although he had questioned the legality of Executive Orders, Rep. Younquoi in his letter to members of the House said it (Executive Order) provided a reference point and an institutional framework for the involvement of various actors in the sector.He pleaded that there are farmers whose membership constitutes the underprivileged in Liberia, not excluding ex-combatants.He said that the intervention by the House of Representatives will help stabilize the country and empower the majority of low income farmers.It may be recalled that in April of 2014 President Sirleaf issued Executive Order #60, replacing the previous Executive Order #50 which governed the sector.Executive Orders were aimed at ensuring restrictions on the sale of unprocessed rubber outside Liberia, curtailing the operations of brokers and granting rights to Firestone to be the sole buyer and determiner of its price.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)