New York Knicks
The New York Knickerbockers, commonly referred to as the Knicks, are an American professional basketball team based in New York City. The Knicks compete in the National Basketball Association as a club of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference. The team plays its games at Madison Square Garden, located in the borough of Manhattan. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City, the other is the Brooklyn Nets, along with the Boston Celtics, the Knicks are one of only two original NBA teams still located in its original city. The Knicks were successful during their years and were constant playoff contenders under the franchises first head coach Joe Lapchick. Beginning in 1950, the Knicks made three appearances in the NBA Finals, all of which were losing efforts. Lapchick resigned in 1956 and the team began to falter. It was not until the late 1960s when Red Holzman became head coach that the Knicks began to regain their former dominance, Holzman successfully guided the Knicks to two NBA championships, in 1970 and 1973.
The Knicks of the 1980s had mixed success that included six playoff appearances, the playoff-level Knicks of the 1990s were led by future Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing, this era was marked by passionate rivalries with the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Miami Heat. During this time, they were known for playing tough defense under head coaches Pat Riley, during this era, the Knicks made two appearances in the NBA Finals, in 1994 and 1999, though they were unable to win an NBA championship. Since 2000, the Knicks have struggled to regain their former glory, in 2012–13, the franchise won its first division title in 19 years, but was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Indiana Pacers. According to a 2016 Forbes report, the Knicks were the most-valuable NBA franchise, in 1946, particularly college basketball, was a growing and increasingly profitable sport in New York City. Hockey was another sport at the time and generated considerable profits, however. Max Kase, a New York sportswriter, became the editor at the Boston American in the 1930s.
Kase developed the idea of a professional league to showcase college players upon their graduation. Brown, intrigued by the opportunity to attain additional income when the teams were not playing or on the road. Ned Irish, a college basketball promoter, retired sportswriter and president of Madison Square Garden, was in attendance, Kase originally planned to own and operate the New York franchise himself and approached Irish with a proposal to lease the Garden. Irish explained that the rules of the Arena Managers Association of America stated that Madison Square Garden was required to own any professional teams played in the arena
Patrick Aloysius Ewing is a Jamaican-American retired Hall of Fame basketball player. He played most of his career with the NBAs New York Knicks as their center and played briefly with the Seattle SuperSonics. On April 3,2017, he was named head coach of the Georgetown Hoyas. Ewing played center for Georgetown for four years—where he played in the NCAA Championship Game three times—and was named as the 16th greatest college player of all time by ESPN and he won Olympic gold medals as a member of the 1984 and 1992 United States mens Olympic basketball teams. In a 1996 poll celebrating the 50th anniversary of the NBA and he is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2009, he was inducted into the U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame as a member of the Dream Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on September 5,2008, along with former NBA coach Pat Riley and his number 33 was retired by the Knicks in 2003. Ewing was born in 1962 in Kingston, Jamaica, he excelled at cricket, in 1975, 12-year-old Ewing joined his family in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He learned to play basketball at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School with the help of John Fountain, when Ewing was in high school, opponents threw rocks at his team bus when the squad traveled to play an away game. In order to prepare for college, Ewing joined the MIT-Wellesley Upward Bound Program and he went to Georgetown University in Washington, D. C. and became a United States citizen while attending Georgetown. During his recruitment, Ewing was close to signing a letter of intent with the University of North Carolina, while visiting the campus, he stayed at the Carolina Inn. After witnessing a rally for the Ku Klux Klan, he decided not to sign with UNC. Ewing signed a letter of intent to play for Coach John Thompson at Georgetown University, Ewing made his announcement in a room full of fans who wanted him to play for Boston College or Boston University. When Ewing announced his decision to play at Georgetown, the left the room. As a freshman during the 1981–1982 season, Ewing became one of the first college players to start, while at Georgetown, he developed a habit of wearing a short sleeved T-shirt underneath his jersey.
This started a trend among young athletes that lasts to this day. In the 1982 NCAA final against the University of North Carolina, Ewing was called for goaltending five times in the first half, setting the tone for the Hoyas and making his presence felt. The Hoyas led late in the game, but a shot by future NBA supestar Michael Jordan gave North Carolina the lead, in the 1983–84 season, Ewing led Georgetown to the Big East championship and a number one seed in the tournament
Arena Football League
The Arena Football League is a professional indoor American football league in the United States. It was founded in 1987 by Jim Foster, making it the third longest-running professional football league in North America, after the Canadian Football League and the National Football League. The sport was invented in the early 1980s and patented by Foster, an executive of the United States Football League. From 2000 to 2009, the AFL had its own developmental league, the AFL played 22 seasons from 1987 to 2008, internal issues caused the league to cancel its 2009 season, though the af2 did play. Later that year both the AFL and af2 were dissolved and reorganized as a new corporation comprising teams from both leagues, and the AFL returned in 2010, the Arena Football League has its headquarters in Las Vegas. The leagues average attendance since returning in 2010 has been approximately 9,500. After the 2016 season, continuing a pattern of contraction over recent seasons. Jim Foster, a manager with the National Football League.
While at the game, he wrote his idea on a 9 x 12 envelope, with sketches of the field and he presented the idea to a few friends at the NFL offices, where he received praise and encouragement for his concept. After solidifying the rules and a plan, and supplemented with sketches by a professional artist. He reached an agreement with NBC for a test game, plans for arena football were put on hold in 1982 as the United States Football League was launched. Foster left the NFL to accept a position in the USFL and he eventually became executive vice-president with the Chicago Blitz, where he returned to his concept of arena football. In 1983, he began organizing the test game in his time from his job with the Blitz. By 1985, the USFL had ceased operations and he began devoting all his time to arena football. The test game was played in Rockford, April 27,1986 at the Rockford MetroCentre, interest was high enough following the initial test game that Foster decided to put on a second, game. The second game was held on February 27,1987 at the Rosemont Horizon in Chicago with a budget of $20,000, Foster invited ESPN to send a film crew to the game, a highlights package aired on SportsCenter.
Following the successes of his games, Foster moved ahead with his idea for arena football. He founded the Arena Football League with four teams, the Pittsburgh Gladiators, Denver Dynamite, Washington Commandos, Foster appointed legendary Darrel Mouse Davis, godfather of the run and shoot and modern pro offenses, as executive director of football operations
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 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, 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, usually traditional, 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 contractual options, sponsor bankruptcy, or scandals. Stadium naming may have shifted in recent years to promoting corporate trade names, the record for the highest amount paid for naming rights belongs 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 and it ultimately fell short of that benchmark, with MetLife Stadium earning $17 million annually from its naming rights deal with MetLife. Naming rights in United States may have traced back to 1912 with the opening of Fenway Park in Boston. The stadiums owner had owned a realty company called Fenway Realty, despite this, it is more widely believed to have begun in 1926 when William Wrigley, the chewing gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs, named his teams stadium Wrigley Field. In 1953, Anheuser-Busch head and St. Louis Cardinals owner August Busch, Jr. proposed renaming Sportsmans Park, occupied by the Cardinals, Budweiser Stadium. When this idea was rejected by Ford Frick, the Commissioner of Baseball at that time, the name was readily approved, and 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, the public reaction to this practice is mixed.
Selling the naming rights to a venue has been notably less successful. The general public continued to call the facility what it had known as for over three decades–i. e. After the agreement with 3Com expired, the rights were resold to Monster Cable, the initiative proved largely ceremonial, and it was overturned by the passage of Proposition C in 2009 in response to desperate economic times. The naming rights to the park were never resold and the closed in 2014. Sports stadiums with naming rights deals are not limited to the United States, in cricket, the most famous example is The Oval, home of Surrey County Cricket Club. It has had several sponsors over the years, and is known as The Kia Oval, having originally been known as the Kennington Oval
Vivint, Inc. is a private smart home services provider in the United States and Canada. In 2012, The Blackstone Group acquired Vivint for more than $2 billion, as of August 2016, Vivint had more than one million customers in the U. S. and Canada. Vivint is listed on the Forbes list of America’s Best Employers” and was named one of Forbes’ “Most Promising Companies” in 2013. In 1999, Keith Nellesen and Todd Pedersen co-founded APX Alarm Security Solutions in Provo, at the time, the company sold and installed security systems. Vivint began retaining customers in 2006 after it became a home monitoring provider, the company expanded its service to Canada that year after signing a $75 million credit facility agreement with Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs and APX Alarm completed another credit facility agreement worth $440 million in 2009 and that November, the company acquired a central alarm monitoring station from Criticom Monitoring Services, a subsidiary of Protection One, in St. Paul, Minnesota. APX Alarm opened a new headquarters in Provo, Utah a month later.
APX Alarm Security Solutions rebranded as Vivint in February 2011, the company completed a $565 million senior debt financing led by Goldman Sachs that month. Vivint received funding from Peterson Partners and Jupiter Partners, the company launched Vivint Solar, a solar energy company, in 2011. The company partnered with Alarm. com early that year to deploy severe weather alerts to their customer base, Vivint was acquired by The Blackstone Group in September 2012. In 2013, Forbes ranked the company 46th in its ranking of Americas Most Promising Companies. Vivint acquired Smartrove, a mesh networking technology provider. In October, Inc. named the company the second most job creating private company in the United States, in 2013, the company created the Vivint Fellows Program, a summer internship program at the Vivint Innovation Center. Vivint acquired the cloud storage startup Space Monkey, a company founded by Clint Gordon-Carroll, Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen appeared on the season finale of the CBS television show Undercover Boss in February 2015.
The company opened a new monitoring center in Eagan, Minnesota in August 2015, on October 26,2015, Vivint acquired the naming rights to the Utah Jazzs home arena, renaming the building as Vivint Smart Home Arena. The contract will last for 10 years, peter Thiel and Solamere Capital co-led a $100 million investment in Vivint in April 2016. The system provides a control, a smartphone application for remote access. In 2014, the touchscreen Vivint SkyControl panel received a CE Pro BEST Award for new custom electronic products introduced in 2014, in 2015, Vivint introduced the Vivint Doorbell Camera to its smart home solution
National Basketball Association
The National Basketball Association is the major mens professional basketball league in North America, and is widely considered to be the premier mens professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams, and is a member of USA Basketball. The NBA is one of the four professional sports leagues in the United States. NBA players are the worlds best paid athletes by average annual salary per player, the league was founded in New York City on June 6,1946, as the Basketball Association of America. The league adopted the name National Basketball Association on August 3,1949, the leagues several international as well as individual team offices are directed out of its head offices located in the Olympic Tower at 645 Fifth Avenue in New York City. NBA Entertainment and NBA TV studios are directed out of offices located in Secaucus, the Basketball Association of America was founded in 1946 by owners of the major ice hockey arenas in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States and Canada. On November 1,1946, in Toronto, the Toronto Huskies hosted the New York Knickerbockers at Maple Leaf Gardens, the first basket was made by Ossie Schectman of the Knickerbockers.
During its early years, the quality of play in the BAA was not significantly better than in competing leagues or among leading independent clubs such as the Harlem Globetrotters. For instance, the 1948 ABL finalist Baltimore Bullets moved to the BAA and won that leagues 1948 title, Following the 1948–49 season, the BAA took in the remainder of the NBL, Anderson, Tri-Cities, Sheboygan and Waterloo. The new league had seventeen franchises located in a mix of large and small cities, as well as arenas and smaller gymnasiums. The process of contraction saw the leagues smaller-city franchises move to larger cities, the Hawks shifted from the Tri-Cities to Milwaukee in 1951, and to St. Louis in 1955. The Rochester Royals moved from Rochester, New York, to Cincinnati in 1957, japanese-American Wataru Misaka broke the NBA color barrier in the 1947–48 season when he played for the New York Knicks. He remained the only player in league history prior to the first African-American, Harold Hunter. During this period, the Minneapolis Lakers, led by center George Mikan, won five NBA Championships, to encourage shooting and discourage stalling, the league introduced the 24-second shot clock in 1954.
If a team does not attempt to score a goal within 24 seconds of obtaining the ball, play is stopped. In 1957, rookie center Bill Russell joined the Boston Celtics, who already featured guard Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, and went on to lead the club to eleven NBA titles in thirteen seasons. Center Wilt Chamberlain entered the league with the Warriors in 1959 and became a dominant individual star of the 1960s, russells rivalry with Chamberlain became one of the greatest rivalries in the history of American team sports. The 1960s were dominated by the Celtics, led by Russell, Bob Cousy and coach Red Auerbach, Boston won eight straight championships in the NBA from 1959 to 1966
Green Line (TRAX)
The Green Line is a light rail line on the Utah Transit Authoritys TRAX system in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the United States, operated by the Utah Transit Authority. The TRAX Green Line is designated as UTA Route 704, the Green Line begins with the West Valley Central Station at the West Valley Intermodal Center, which is located at 2750 West 3590 South in West Valley City. Just after leaving that station it passes between the West Valley City Police Department and the West Valley City Hall, before heading north down the middle of Constitution Boulevard. After passing by the end of Valley Fair Mall, it crosses West 3500 South. It heads east along the side of West 3100 South and crosses over I-215. Just after the Maverik Center it turns north, resuming a course in the median of the street, after Decker Lake it heads northeast in the median of Decker Lake Drive until that street heads due north at Research Way. At Research Way the Green Line turns east again and heads down the median of that street, just before South Redwood Road is Redwood Junction.
Leaving the roadway right-of-way, after a crossing on South Redwood Road. The tracks head north until they cross West Parkway Avenue and runs down the middle of Winston Street to River Trail at 2340 South, after that station it continues north for about a half a block before leaving the street via an at-grade crossing and heading east. It immediately crosses the Jordan River, and follows along the side of the 21st South Freeway. Central Pointe is the only TRAX station served by the S Line. The S Line platform is situated just southeast of the TRAX platform, upon crossing West 2100 South the three TRAX lines leave South Salt Lake and enter Salt Lake City and continue north as they cross West 1700 South and West 1300 South. Just north of West 1300 South is Ballpark, which service to Smiths Ballpark. After Ballpark the three continue north in the center median of South 200 West, crossing under the 900 South/I-15 on and off ramps. This station, which is just north of West 900 South, is an infill station, the three lines continue north in the median of South 200 West, crossing West 800 South, until they reach West 700 South.
At West 700 South they turn east and proceed down the middle of that street for two blocks, crossing South West Temple Street, just north of West 500 South and slightly west of the Scott Matheson Courthouse, is the first station within the Free Fare Zone, Courthouse. At West 400 South the Red Line turns east and heads toward Library and eventually the University of Utah while the Green, after crossing West 300 South the two lines reach Gallivan Plaza, which is just west of the Wells Fargo Center and the Gallivan Center. Continuing in the median of South Main Street, the Green and Blue lines continue north crossing West 200 South and this station is in the middle of the new City Creek Center commercial and residential development. At the north end of South Main Street the two lines turn west down the middle of West South Temple Street for a more than a block before reaching the next station
Women's National Basketball Association
The Womens National Basketball Association is a professional womens basketball league in the United States. It is currently composed of twelve teams, the league was founded on April 24,1996 as the womens counterpart to the National Basketball Association, and league play started in 1997. The regular season is played from June to September with the All Star game being played midway through the season in July, many WNBA teams have direct NBA counterparts and play in the same arena. The four aforementioned franchises, along with the Atlanta Dream and the Los Angeles Sparks, are all independently owned. The creation of the WNBA was officially approved by the NBA Board of Governors on April 24,1996, and announced at a conference with Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie. The new WNBA had to compete with the recently-formed American Basketball League, while not the first major womens professional basketball league in the United States, the WNBA is the only league to receive full backing of the NBA. The WNBA logo, Logo Woman, paralleled the NBA logo and was selected out of 50 different designs.
On the heels of a gold medal run by the 1996 USA Basketball Womens National Team at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. The first WNBA game featured the New York Liberty facing the Los Angeles Sparks in Los Angeles, the game was televised nationally in the United States on the NBC television network. Penny Toler scored the leagues first point, the WNBA centered its marketing campaign, dubbed We Got Next, around stars Rebecca Lobo, Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes. In the leagues first season, Leslies Los Angeles Sparks underperformed, the WNBAs true star in 1997 was WNBA MVP Cynthia Cooper, Swoopes teammate on the Houston Comets. The Comets defeated Lobos New York Liberty in the first WNBA Championship game, the initial We Got Next advertisement ran before each WNBA season until it was replaced with the We Got Game campaign. Two teams were added in 1998 and two more in 1999, bringing the number of teams in the league up to twelve and we expect to keep growing the league. In 1999, the chief competition, the American Basketball League.
When a lockout resulted in an abbreviated NBA season, the WNBA saw faltering TV viewership, on May 23,2000, the Houston Comets became the first WNBA team to be invited to the White House Rose Garden. Before this invitation, only mens sports teams had traveled to the White House, at the end of the 2000 season, the Houston Comets won their fourth championship, capturing every title since the leagues inception. Led by the Big Three of Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson, and four-time Finals MVP Cynthia Cooper, under head coach Van Chancellor, the team posted a 98–24 record through their first four seasons. After 2000, Cooper retired from the league and the Comets dynasty came to an end, the top contender in the 2001 season was the Los Angeles Sparks
Luxury boxes and club seating constitute the most exclusive class of seating in arenas and stadiums, and generate much higher revenues than regular seating. A Luxury box is a special seating section located within stadiums and other sporting. They are typically located in the midsection of a stadium grandstand, some have glass panels that can be opened, in order for the spectators to feel closer to and more immersed in the action of the event. The inside of a luxury box typically includes a bar, televisions, a seating area. The boxes are usually catered, with guests enjoying corporate hospitality, with champagne, canapés, the lease to a box usually comes with allocated parking spaces at the venue and access is usually provided with separate entrances, away from the general public gates. Luxury boxes are a significant source of revenue for most professional sports teams, while originally widespread among North American major pro sports, this trend is gaining popularity in Europe. For instance, Emirates Stadiums revenue from premium seating and corporate boxes alone is nearly as high as the revenue from Arsenal F. C.
s previous stadium at Highbury. Most luxury boxes are leased by contract on a yearly basis and these methods usually grant access to the box by the leaseholder or owner for every event held at the venue. A few venues rent them on a per-event basis, prices vary from US$5,000 up to the millions of dollars depending on the venue and events held there. Luxury boxes that are rented on an event basis can range from US$500 for low-key events to up to at least US$250,000 for high-end events such as sporting final matches. Also, the location of the box and how many people the box can hold usually makes up the price, standing room tickets may be purchased at an additional fee but are usually less money than an actual suite ticket. If a normal box ticket with a seat costs US$500 per ticket standing room tickets might be around US$250–US$300 per ticket. These tickets will allow people in a box, but they wont have seats. Average private box rental prices for events based on location, matchup. Typical luxury boxes for most events fall within the following ranges, The stadium with the most luxury boxes is the Estadio Monumental U in Lima.
The first stadium to contain a luxury box was the Astrodome in Houston, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway constructed their first luxury boxes in 1973 as part of the existing motel complex on the grounds. One unique set of boxes is located on the campus of Boston College. The schools main indoor arena, Conte Forum, is attached to its football venue
Salt Lake City International Airport
Salt Lake City International Airport is a civil-military airport about 4 miles west of Downtown Salt Lake City, United States. The airport is the closest commercial airport for more than 2.5 million people and is within a 30-minute drive of nearly 1.3 million jobs, following Delta and Delta Connection, the largest carriers are Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, and Alaska Airlines. In 2015,22,141,610 passengers flew through Salt Lake City, the airport is the twenty-first busiest airport in the United States by passenger count. There were 324,955 aircraft operations in 2014, about 900 per day, the airport is the fifteenth busiest airport in the United States and twenty-fourth in the world by operations. As of April 2013 there were over 645 scheduled nonstop airline departures and arrivals per day to 89 cities in the United States, Mexico, Salt Lake City International Airport continues to rank high for on-time departures/arrivals and fewest flight cancellations among major US airports. The airport ranked first for on time departures and arrivals and second for percentage of cancellations as of September 2014, the airport is owned by Salt Lake City Corporation and is administered by the Salt Lake City Department of Airports.
The city owns and operates two airports, South Valley Regional Airport and Tooele Valley Airport. The airport is financially self-sustaining with revenue generated from airline and passenger fees, vehicle parking, fuel and it is the only major airport in the country with no outstanding debt. World-famous aviator Glenn H. Curtiss brought his newly invented Seaplane to the carnival, Curtiss took off from the nearby Great Salt Lake, awing the 20,000 spectators and making international headlines. For several years the new field was used mainly for training and that would change in 1920 when the United States Postal Service began air mail service to Salt Lake City. The airport expanded and hangars and other began to appear. In the same year, the airfield was given the name Woodward Field, named for John P. Woodward, in 1925 the postal service began awarding contracts to private companies. Western Air Express, the first private company to carry U. S. mail, less than a year Western Air Express would begin flying passengers along the same route.
Western Air Express became Western Airlines, which had a hub in Salt Lake City. Charles Lindbergh visited Woodward Field in 1927 drawing many spectators to see The Spirit of St. Louis, during the next few years the airport would gain another runway and would span over 400 acres. In 1930 the airport was renamed Salt Lake City Municipal Airport, the first terminal and airport administration building was built in 1933 at a cost of $52,000. By United Airlines had begun serving Salt Lake City on flights between New York City and San Francisco, as air travel became more popular and the United States Army Air Forces established a base at the airport during World War II, a third runway was added. The April 1957 OAG shows 42 weekday departures,18 on Western,17 United and 7 Frontier, United had flown nonstop to Chicago since 1950, but a New York nonstop didnt start until 1968
Obayashi Corporation is one of five major Japanese construction companies along with Shimizu Corporation, Takenaka Corporation, Kajima Corporation, and Taisei Corporation. It is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange and is one of the Nikkei 225 corporations and its headquarters are in Minato, Tokyo. Established in 1892 in Osaka, Obayashi operates in Japan and other countries, especially Southeast Asia and Australia, as well as the United States, major landmarks in Japan include the Kyoto Station Building and Tokyo Broadcasting System Center in Tokyo, as well as the Tokyo Skytree. Obayashi has 86 subsidiaries and 26 affiliated companies in Japan, Europe, in February 2012 it announced plans to build a space elevator by 2050. W