West Side Stadium
The West Side Stadium was a proposed football and Olympic stadium to be built on a platform over the rail yards on the West Side of Manhattan in New York City. The stadium would have been an all-weather facility with a retractable roof, allowing it to be used as either a 200,000 square feet indoor convention hall, or an 85,000 seat indoor/outdoor sporting event stadium, it was to be the new home for the New York Jets of the National Football League, who at the time of the proposal played at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and were junior tenants to the New York Giants. The stadium was to have served as the centerpiece of New York's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, after heated debate, the proposal was defeated a month before the International Olympic Committee was to make its decision. In the football off-season the building would have been used as an adjunct to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for conventions and as a replacement for Madison Square Garden, it was promoted by New York Governor George Pataki, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Congressman Charles Rangel, but opposed by most of the local elected officials representing the area.
The centerpiece of the city's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the stadium would have been part of a larger project to revitalize a long-underdeveloped area, including expansions of the Javits Center and the New York City Subway's 7 service. It was going to host Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 along with a college bowl game with a Big East team to be known as the Big Apple Bowl, it is now part of the site of the Hudson Yards Redevelopment Project. The stadium proved controversial because it would have been a major construction project requiring public financing. Though many of its opponents supported the larger West Side development program, they questioned the economic benefit of a stadium that would have spent much of its time unused, as well as the general premise of subsidizing a football team that generates hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for a private owner. Opponents felt. Supporters of the stadium said the cost to the city was an investment and would create thousands of jobs and billions in commercial revenue for the area leading to increased tax revenue that could be used for vital infrastructure.
The rail yards were owned by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which negotiated with the Jets without seeking other possible buyers. After Cablevision presented a rival proposal for West Side development without a stadium, public sentiment against an apparent no-bid contract for the Jets prompted the MTA to establish an open bidding process for the site. There were three bids, from Cablevision and from Transgas, a power company. On March 31, 2005, the MTA board voted to accept the bid from the Jets though the Cablevision offer included more cash up front. Attorneys for Cablevision announced that they would file suit to challenge the decision, many other media outlets lambasted the MTA's decision as doing Governor Pataki's bidding rather than accepting a plan that would best serve the public. Public opinion was mixed; some citizens of New York and New Jersey were in favor of the stadium because they wanted the 2012 Summer Olympics to be held in New York City. In order to host the Olympics, cities must build modern stadiums and prove to the International Olympic Committee that they have the resources to support the event.
Many Manhattan and West Side residents did not want the inconvenience, traffic congestion and resource drain that they believed the Olympics would bring to the overcrowded city. The New York Daily News reported that 59% of New Yorkers were not in favor of holding the Olympics in New York at all. In December 2004, the commuter advocacy groups Straphangers Campaign and Tri-State Transportation Campaign filed a lawsuit that challenged the city's estimate that 70% of stadium patrons would use mass transit or arrive on foot instead of driving. Many Jets fans wanted the stadium built, no matter what the cost; the stadium was notably opposed by Cablevision, the sixth-largest cable television company in the United States and the then-owner of Madison Square Garden —home to the New York Knicks and New York Rangers—and the MSG Network, which broadcasts most of those teams' games. Although MSG was a prospective partner in the project, they concluded that the design was unworkable for their needs. After MSG dropped out, the City and State decided to go ahead anyway.
The decision to place a new sports and concert venue in such close proximity to MSG, where it would hamper the older venue's ability to secure concerts and other events, forced Cablevision to oppose the plan. Cablevision went all out with an expensive advertising campaign and large lobbying budget and went so far as to make a $600 million offer to redevelop the stadium site for housing and office space instead of a stadium, they initiated another lawsuit alleging that the city's environmental study was inaccurate. Cablevision's stance against the stadium proposal was cited as "a factor" in the NFL moving its 2005 college player draft away from Cablevision-owned Theater at Madison Square Garden to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, ending a 10-year run of the event at MSG; the controversy spawned a political ad war on local television, with rival campaigns financed by the owners of the Jets and Cablevision. Proponents of the stadium said that the opposition ran deceptive television and radio ads claiming that a large multi-org
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux
Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux was a professional boxing match contested for the WBO super featherweight championship; the bout was held on December 2017 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Lomachenko and Rigondeaux are regarded as two of the best amateurs in history, with each boxer winning two Olympic gold medals, it was the first time dual gold medal winners fought professionally, it was a fight the great Roy Jones Jr stated, "To me, on paper, this is the best professional fight, made." Lomachenko won after round 6, when Rigondeaux retired on his stool after claiming to have injured his left hand. On August 6, Bob Arum stated that Lomachenko would fight for a third time in 2017 on December 9 or 23rd; when asked who the potential options were, Arum stated,"Well, there's a few guys. Rigondeaux if he answers Dino call. There's Salido, who's sniffing around and the third is Berchelt." Arum mentioned lightweight contender Ray Beltrán, but said he would like to capture a world title at lightweight before a potential fight with Lomachenko.
On August 14, Arum spoke to LA Times and confirmed either Rigondeaux or Salido would be Lomachenko's next opponent. He stated if the bout with Rigondeaux was made, it would take place at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and a potential rematch with Salido would take place in Los Angeles. On August 21, Arum stated both camps were closing in on finalising a deal for December 9. On September 15, the bout between Lomachenko and Rigondeaux was confirmed; the fight between Lomachenko and Rigondeaux will take place at 130 pounds. On October 3, Arum stated there was less than a hundred tickets remaining and the event would go on to be the biggest live gate in the history of the Theatre. On November 18, Carl Moretti of Top Rank revealed a re-hydration clause on the contract. Both fighters agreed to weigh in at 09:00 on the morning of the fight, where they would not be able to exceed 138 pounds. Any fighter over the limit would face a penalty of more than $10,000. On November 28, the WBA announced that Rigondeaux would lose his title at super bantamweight if he lost to Lomachenko.
WBA president Gilberto Mendoza Jr. went on to say if Rigondeaux defeats Lomachenko, he would have five days to decide whether he is to return to the division or stay at super featherweight. He stated that special permission was granted because the bout was'an important fight for boxing'. Upon receiving the news, Rigondeaux stated he was disappointed. On September 26, a promotional pre-sale began for tickets. Promoters and boxers gave their thoughts on the fight; the Lomachenko versus Rigondeaux title fight is a signature event in the sport of boxing. It matches the two greatest fighters in Olympic boxing facing off against each other. Never before in boxing history have two boxers, each the winner of two Olympic gold medals, faced each other in a professional boxing match, it will be a big battle for boxing history. This battle will open our maximum potential, it will be the best New Year's present for boxing fanatics. Trust me on this one. I am excited about Vasyl stepping back in the ring, it is a great fight for all the fans from around the world who asked for it.
It is a historic bout for boxing, where for the first time two boxers, two world champions, each holding two Olympic gold medals, will meet in the professional ring. I am looking forward to seeing it. Regardless of weight class, Rigondeaux is ready to deliver an unforgettable performance. I'm thrilled to be part of this historic fight on ESPN because I've had my eye on fighting Vasyl Lomachenko for a long time. I'm thankful that Roc Nation Sports and Top Rank made this fight happen, I can't wait to make a statement on Dec. 9 in New York City. Weight classes don't win fights -- fighters do, and I look forward to delivering the best performance of my career, beating a fellow legendary Olympian in Lomachenko and solidifying my place as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters of this era. This fight against Vasyl Lomachenko is the marquee challenge that Guillermo has been coveting, we're grateful for Roc Nation Sports' hard work in making this a reality. Throughout Guillermo's career, he has never backed down from any fighter or weight-class restriction, so we're excited to get to work.
It's going to be a battle, but Guillermo will make Cuba and all of his fans worldwide proud when he beats Lomachenko on Dec. 9. In an interview with BoxingScene.com, Roy Jones Jr. was asked to give his thoughts on the fight. That's the big one. I can't wait. I love both fighters. Both are two-time gold medalists. That's the best paper made fight ever. You can't find two fighters better on paper to put against each other. That's the best fight I seen made on paper, I can't wait. Rigondeaux has got to box and break the rhythm of Lomachenko with those big power punches, Lomachenko has to use that volume punching that he does to keep Rigondeaux off-balance. Whoever can carry out the plan will be the winner; the card was shown live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes in USA, on Boxnation in the UK. The fight was broadcast on Fox Sports in Australia; the official weigh in took place in the afternoon of December 2017 in New York. Rigondeaux, who had never weighed more than 125½ pounds for a professional boxing match, came in a career-high 128.4 pounds.
Lomachenko weighed in one pound under the super featherweight limit. It was noted, that the smaller, Rigondeaux appeared muscular and prepared for the biggest challenge of his professional career. On fight night, Lomachenko weighed Rigondeaux weighed 130 pounds. Shakur Stevenson vs. Oscar Mendoza Mich
Pennsylvania Plaza is the office and hotel complex occupying and near the site of Pennsylvania Station, between 31st and 34th Streets and Seventh and Eighth Avenues in New York City. It includes the current Madison Square Garden and its Theater, opened in 1968. Other buildings around the complex use the Pennsylvania Plaza name as an alternate address, such as the 5 Penn Plaza office building on Eighth Avenue, to the northwest; the numbering of the Penn Plaza addresses around the area does not follow a consistent pattern. The Penn Plaza complex remains one of the most controversial in New York City history because it involved the destruction, beginning in 1963, of the original McKim and White-designed Penn Station, a revered piece of New York architecture, its replacements were what architects and civic purists regard as mediocre office and entertainment structures. The demolition of the first Penn Station led to the city's landmarks preservation movement and helped save another landmark of railway architecture, Grand Central Terminal.
With the sports arena and railroad station at its hub and 34th Street retailers nearing the complex, Pennsylvania Plaza remains one of the busier transportation and retailing neighborhoods in Manhattan. AMC Networks Compuware Cosentini Associates Fuse Macy's McGraw-Hill MSG Networks Schoology Information Builders 2 Pennsylvania Plaza - Prime Office Centers
Naming rights are a financial transaction and form of advertising whereby a corporation or other entity purchases the right to name a facility or event for a defined period of time. For properties like a multi-purpose arena, performing arts venue or an athletic field, the term ranges from three to 20 years. Longer terms are more common for higher profile venues such as a professional sports facility; the distinctive characteristic for this type of naming rights is that the buyer gets a marketing property to promote products and services, promote customer retention and/or increase market share. There are several forms of corporate sponsored names. A presenting sponsor attaches the name of the corporation or brand at the end of a generic traditional, name. A title sponsor replaces the original name of the property with a corporate-sponsored one, with no reference to the previous name. In a few cases, naming rights contracts have been terminated prematurely; such terminations may be the result of sponsor bankruptcy, or scandals.
Stadium naming may have shifted in recent years to promoting corporate trade names, but in earlier decades is traced to the family names of company founders. The record for the highest amount paid for naming rights belongs to Scotiabank Arena. On August 29, 2017, a 20-year/$800 Million sponsorship deal was reached between Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and Canada's Bank of Nova Scotia to rename Toronto's Air Canada Centre; the home of the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors became known as Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018. Prior to the Scotiabank Arena deal, the record belonged to Citi Field and Barclays Center, both located in New York City, US; each garnered deals of $20 million per year for at least 20 years. The New Meadowlands Stadium, shared home of the New York Giants and New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey, US. was expected to eclipse both deals, with experts estimating it would value $25–30 million annually. It fell short of that benchmark, with MetLife Stadium earning $17 million annually from its naming rights deal with MetLife.
The purchaser of a stadium's naming rights may choose to donate those rights to an outside organization one to which it is related. The most notable example of this is Friends Arena, a major stadium in Stockholm; the facility was known as Swedbank Arena, but in 2012 that company donated those rights to the Friends Foundation, an organization seeking to combat school bullying, sponsored by Swedbank. More the Kentucky Farm Bureau, an organization promoting the interests of Kentucky farmers, best known to the non-farming public for its insurance business, acquired the naming rights to the University of Kentucky's new baseball park in 2018; the Farm Bureau in turn donated those naming rights to the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, naming the venue Kentucky Proud Park. The sponsored name is the brand used by said state agency in its marketing campaign for agricultural products produced in that state. Naming rights in United States may have been traced back to 1912 with the opening of Fenway Park in Boston.
The stadium's owner had owned a realty company called "Fenway Realty", so the promotional value of the naming has been considered. Despite this, it is more believed to have begun in 1926 when William Wrigley, the chewing gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs, named his team's stadium "Wrigley Field." In 1953, Anheuser-Busch head and St. Louis Cardinals owner August Busch, Jr. proposed renaming Sportsman's Park, occupied by the Cardinals, "Budweiser Stadium". When this idea was rejected by Ford Frick, the Commissioner of Baseball at that time, Anheuser-Busch proposed the title "Busch Stadium" after one of the company's founders; the name was approved, Anheuser-Busch subsequently released a new product called "Busch Bavarian Beer". The name would be shifted to the Busch Memorial Stadium in 1966, shortened in the 1970s to "Busch Stadium" and remained the stadium's name until it closed in 2005. By that time, Major League Baseball's policy had changed – with Coors Field in Denver and Miller Park in Milwaukee going up in that span – and Anheuser-Busch was able to use the same name for the Cardinals' new stadium which opened on April 4, 2006.
Foxboro Stadium, the home of the New England Patriots between 1970 and 2001, was an early example of a team selling naming rights to a company that did not own it, naming the stadium Schaefer Stadium after the beer company from its building until 1983. The public reaction to this practice is mixed. Naming rights sold to new venues have been accepted if the buyer is well-established and has strong local connections to the area, such as the cases of Rich Stadium in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Coors Field in Denver. Selling the naming rights to an already-existing venue has been notably less successful, as in the attempt to rename Candlestick Park in San Francisco to 3Com Park; the general public continued to call the facility what it had been known as for over three decades–i.e. Candlestick Park. After the agreement with 3Com expired, the rights were resold to Monster Cable, the stadium was renamed Monster Park. San Francisco voters responded by passing an initiative in the November 2004 elections that stipulated the name must revert to Candlestick Park once the contract with Monster expired in 2008.
Survivor: All-Stars is the eighth season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. It was filmed from November 3, 2003 through December 11, 2003 and premiered on February 1, 2004 after Super Bowl XXXVIII, it was set on the Pearl Islands of Panama, where the previous season Survivor: Pearl Islands had just wrapped up. Hosted by Jeff Probst, it consisted of the usual 39 days of gameplay with, for the first time, 18 competitors instead of the usual 16, three tribes instead of the usual two; the winner was former Survivor: The Australian Outback castaway Amber Brkich, declared the Sole Survivor after a victory over former Survivor: Marquesas castaway Rob "Boston Rob" Mariano with a 4–3 jury vote. At the end of the live reunion show, a twist called, it involved the public voting to award a second million-dollar prize. Rupert Boneham won the million dollars over runners up Mariano, Colby Donaldson, Tom Buchanan; this season was released on DVD on September 14, 2004. Producer Mark Burnett stated that "the casting was really scientific.
I got a yellow legal pad and wrote down 24 names, cut down to 18. It was that quick." He confirmed that two former contestants turned down formal offers: Elisabeth Filarski Hasselbeck from The Australian Outback, who had taken a job as a co-host of The View, Colleen Haskell of the show's premiere season, who "had moved on with her life" and "just genuinely didn't want to go through that again." In an interview on The Early Show, Survivor: Pearl Islands winner Sandra Diaz-Twine confirmed that she turned down an offer to join the show, saying that she was still recovering from parasites that she received during Pearl Islands. Diaz-Twine would return for the show's 20th season Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, again for the 34th season Survivor: Game Changers. Rob Mariano, Rupert Boneham, Jerri Manthey, Colby Donaldson returned to Survivor again in the show's 20th season, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. Mariano again played in Survivor: Redemption Island. Boneham and Tina Wesson returned for Survivor: Blood vs.
Water. Several of the cast later competed in other reality competition shows. Mariano and Amber Brkich competed together on The Amazing Race 7 and The Amazing Race 11. Richard Hatch competed in the eleventh season of The Apprentice. Ethan Zohn and Jenna Morasca competed together on The Amazing Race 19. Hatch competed on the seventeenth season of The Biggest Loser. Boneham will compete in the upcoming season of The Amazing Race 31. Eighteen players from previous seasons were divided into three tribes of six: Chapera, Mogo Mogo, Saboga. Saboga lost the first two immunity challenges and, during a shelter-building challenge, built a shelter that flooded. Saboga's poor conditions caught up to them and, after losing a crucial reward challenge, the four remaining members were divided between the other two tribes. Chapera accepted the newcomers and Jenna L. and the two entered a solid majority alliance with de facto leader Rob M. and his closest ally and romantic interest Amber. Rob and Amber had alliances with the other members of the tribe, however a winning streak ensured that they never had to break any of them.
Mogo Mogo struggled after Lex decided to vote out the stronger members of the tribe in order to cement his control, causing Mogo Mogo to continually lose challenges and approach the merge in the minority. Two players voluntarily left the game. Jenna Morasca, fearing for her mother's health, decided to drop out on Day 9 and return to her mother's side. Sue Hawk left, distraught after an incident during an immunity challenge in which a naked Richard Hatch had brief but inappropriate bodily contact with her. With ten players remaining, a tribal switch was held. In an unorthodox twist of fate, each player drew a buff of the opposite tribe color except Amber, with the net effect of having Amber forced into the old Mogo Mogo tribe under the Chapera name. After Chapera lost the next immunity challenge, Rob whispered a deal to Lex to save Amber, promising that he will make it up to him in the game. With regards to their friendship, Lex convinced the rest of his tribe to vote out Jerri instead; the next day, the remaining players were merged into the Chaboga Mogo tribe and Rob went back on his deal and led the charge to vote out Lex, who he believed was his greatest rival and leader of the minority alliance, much to the heart-break of the latter for breaking the friendship.
Rob and his former tribe mates continued to dominate the rest of the game, systematically eliminating the rest of Lex's alliance. Rob and Amber honored their deal with Rupert and Jenna L. eliminating the rest of the original Chapera tribe. After convincing Jenna to vote Rupert out in order to avoid a tie, Rob won the final immunity challenge and took Amber into the final two, it was recognized by the jury that the finalists played as a pair, however Rob's strategic gameplay was deemed more outwardly vicious than Amber's quieter and more social game. The jury decided that Rob had been too aggressive in his handling of the jury, choosing Amber as the winner in a vote of 4–3. In the case of multiple tribes or castaways who win reward or immunity, they are listed in order of finish, or alphabetically where it was a team effort. Survivor: America's Tribal Council was a special episode, broadcast live on CBS on May 13, 2004, several days after the All-Stars finale; the special was announced at the All-Stars
New York Rangers
The New York Rangers are a professional ice hockey team based in New York City. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League; the team plays its home games at Madison Square Garden in the borough of Manhattan, an arena they share with the New York Knicks of the National Basketball Association. They are one of three NHL teams located in the New York metropolitan area; the Rangers are one of the Original Six, along with the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, to compete in the NHL until the league's expansion in 1967, after the team was founded in 1926 by Tex Rickard. The team attained success early on under the guidance of Lester Patrick, who coached a vibrant team containing Frank Boucher, Murray Murdoch, Bun and Bill Cook to Stanley Cup glory in 1928, making them the first NHL franchise in the United States to win the trophy; the team would go onto win two additional Stanley Cups in 1933 and 1940.
Following this initial grace period, the franchise struggled between the 1940s and 1960s, whereby playoff appearances and success was infrequent. The team enjoyed a mini renaissance in the 1970s, where they made the Stanley Cup finals twice, losing to the Bruins in 1972 and the Canadiens in 1979; the Rangers subsequently embraced a rebuild for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, which paid dividends, where the team, led by Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves, Mike Richter, captured their fourth Stanley Cup in 1994. The team was unable to duplicate that success in the years that followed, entered into another period of mediocrity, enduring a franchise-record seven-year postseason drought from 1998 to 2005, languished for the majority of the 2000s, but reached another Stanley Cup finals in 2014, being led by Martin St. Louis. However, they have since entered into another period of rebuilding. Several former members of the Rangers have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, four of whom—Buddy O'Connor, Chuck Rayner, Andy Bathgate, Messier—have won the Hart Memorial Trophy while playing for the team.
George Lewis "Tex" Rickard, president of Madison Square Garden, was awarded an NHL franchise for the 1926–27 season to compete with the now-defunct New York Americans, who had begun play at the Garden the previous season. The Americans proved to be an greater success than expected during their inaugural season, leading Rickard to pursue a second team for the Garden despite promising the Amerks that they were going to be the only hockey team to play there; the new team was nicknamed "Tex's Rangers". Rickard's franchise began play in the 1926–27 season; the first team crest was a horse sketched in blue carrying a cowboy waving a hockey stick aloft, before being changed to the familiar R-A-N-G-E-R-S in diagonal. Rickard managed to get future legendary Toronto Maple Leafs owner Conn Smythe to assemble the team. However, Smythe had a falling-out with Rickard's hockey man, Col. John S. Hammond, was fired as manager-coach on the eve of the first season—he was paid a then-hefty $2,500 to leave. Smythe was replaced by Pacific Coast Hockey Association co-founder Lester Patrick.
The new team Smythe assembled turned out to be a winner. The Rangers won the American Division title their first year but lost to the Boston Bruins in the playoffs; the team's early success led to players becoming minor celebrities and fixtures in New York City's Roaring Twenties' nightlife. It was during this time, playing at the Garden on 48th Street, blocks away from Times Square, that the Rangers obtained their now-famous nickname "The Broadway Blueshirts". On December 13, 1929, the New York Rangers became the first team in the NHL to travel by plane when they hired the Curtiss-Wright Corporation to fly them to Toronto for a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, which they lost 7–6. In only their second season, the Rangers won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Montreal Maroons three games to two. One of the most memorable stories that emerged from the finals involved Patrick playing in goal at the age of 44. At the time, teams were not required to dress a backup goaltender, so when the Rangers' starting goaltender, Lorne Chabot, left a game with an eye injury, Maroons head coach Eddie Gerard vetoed his original choice for a replacement.
An angry Patrick lined up between the pipes for two periods in Game 2 of the finals, allowing one goal to Maroons center Nels Stewart. Frank Boucher scored the game-winning goal in overtime for New York. After a loss to the Bruins in the 1928–29 finals and an early struggle in the early 1930s, the Rangers, led by brothers Bill and Bun Cook on the right and left wings and Frank Boucher at center, defeated the Maple Leafs in the 1932–33 best-of-five finals three games to one to win their second Stanley Cup, exacting revenge on the Leafs' "Kid line" of Busher Jackson, Joe Primeau and Charlie Conacher; the Rangers spent the rest of the 1930s playing close to 0.500 hockey. Lester Patrick was replaced by Frank Boucher. In 1939–40 season, the Rangers finished the regular season in second place behind Boston; the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs. The Bruins gained a two-games-to-one series lead from New York, but the Rangers recovered to win three-straight games, defeating the first-place Bruins four games to two.
The Rangers' first round victory gave them a bye until the finals. The Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Americans in their first round best-of-three series two games to one (even as the Americans had analytical a