USC and United Airlines reach agreement to name Coliseum field

first_imgUSC 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.center_img “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.last_img read more

Black on Black Crime Solutions panel a huge success

first_imgThe fourth Annual Black-on-Black Crime Solutions panel was a huge success at Miami-Dade College, North Campus this past Saturday, June 10th 2017.The Caribbean History Month celebration event received an army of support from mentors, community and political leaders in Miami-Dade County. T. Willard Fair led the charge, along with Carlos Martinez, the Miami Dade public offender.“Our office has successfully worked towards reducing the lengthy prison sentences,” Martinez said.There were performances from hip-hop artists and poets such as Tru Tony and Haitian artist Mecca Grimmo. The featured performance came from the world- renowned Bush Family, an African-American symphony family group, BG Harmonies. They played several classical pieces, while the audience watched in the background a sneak peak of the documentary releasing this summer, Courage To Believe: Never Give Up.2017 Panelist consisted of  Pastor Anthony Sanders, Commissioner of Hallandale * Amare Amari, NuGame Movement Mentoring * Sasha Smith, Miami Dade College, Caribbean Beats * Student Minister Brother Patrick Muhammad, Nation of Islam* Carolyn “Kiani” Nesbitt, CEO/President, Concerned African Women, Inc. * T. Willard Fair, President of Miami Urban League * Carlos Martinez, Miami-Dade Public Defender *Letters of support were read from Congresswoman Frederica Wilson, and Opa-Locka Mayor, Myra Taylor. Despite the light rain Courage To Believe International was able to put together a powerful group of panelist from Broward and Dade Counties.At the conclusion of the event, everyone came to an agreement that this annual event should be and will be a monthly occurrence.  The organization’s founder, King Kevin Dorival asked the audience for the support of their local churches, politicians, and mentors to assist with a venue to host the community discussions.“We can’t afford to lose another generation to early deaths, and prisons, ” Dorival said.last_img read more

West Ham unsure over Morrison future after cutting short Cardiff loan

first_img1 West Ham youngster Ravel Morrison had his loan spell at Cardiff cut short West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed he is unsure whether Ravel Morrison still has a future at Upton Park.The England under-21 midfielder has just returned to the club after having his loan spell at Championship side Cardiff City cut short.Reports have suggested the Hammers want to terminate Morrison’s contract at the club and have sent the former Manchester United star, 21, to train with the reserves.Morrison, who has hit the wrong headlines during his short career for issues away from the pitch, made nine appearances for Russell Slade’s men this term.Ahead of his team’s contest against Leicester on Saturday, Allarydce said: “It’s difficult to say because obviously it hasn’t worked at Cardiff.“With me having such a big squad this season I felt it better for him to try to go and get some football and see how it goes but it hasn’t worked that well and he’s back here with us now.“That’s before his loan expires at Cardiff so we’ll have to look at the situation over the New Year but my focus isn’t on Ravel, it’s on my first-team squad continuing the great run of form they’re on at the moment.”last_img read more

JKL Dolphins add Dudus Monoja to roster

first_imgDudus also features for the National 3*3 side (Photo by Agency)KAMPALA – Official communication confirms that JKL Dolphins have sealed the capture of Daniel Monoja aka ‘Dudus’.Dudus who features for the Uganda 3*3 National team is understood to have signed a two year deal with JKL from fellow National Basketball league side Our Saviour.He becomes their second signing in under a week after they also signed Bernard Okumu from UPDF Tomahawks a few days ago.Speaking after his move, Dudus informed that the decision to sign for JKL was as simple as they get.“I was impressed by the management’s philosophy so the decision to sign was not a hard one, said Dudus.“I would love to contribute to JKL moving a step forward from where they finished last year.Dudus who can also play as a Center started playing basketball at high school level, representing St. Lawrence-Paris Palais and Greenhill Academy.After his high school, he joined UPDF Tomahawks in the D-League, helping them to promotion to Division One that very year.In 2014, he joined Makerere University whom he represented at the annual Zuku University Basketball Champions. While still there, Dudus was also part of the University 3*3 team that played at the FASU Championships in South Africa (2016) and Nairobi (2017).In 2015, he once again helped UPDF Tomahawks to promotion from Division one to the National Basketball league.He switched to Our Saviour after helping UPDF reach the NBL playoffs in 2016.Dudus is expected to make his debut on Sunday, 14-04-2019, when JKL Dolphins take on Our Saviour in their League opener at the MTN Arena, Lugogo.Comments Tags: BasketballDaniel MonojaJKL DolphinsOur Saviourlast_img read more