Corporate Sports Tomfoolery and Shenanigans by HightB

Champion(s):

BarkerC
"We fight for better days."


Runner(s)-Up:

LorinBurte
Get off my lawn!


Quiz Description

To note the recent deal between United Airlines and the L.A. Coliseum, some questions about the intersection of sports and corporations that didn't always provide the best ROI.

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Questions:

Perhaps the most infamous case of corporate naming rights deals turning sour involved the home ballpark for this TEAM, which opened in 2000 as Enron Field.

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Houston ASTROS

This communications company, founded by the Rigas family, originally held the naming rights to the Tennessee Titans stadium until the company's downfall.

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ADELPHIA Communications

In another example of turn-of-the-century ad rights gone wrong, this company, now known as ModusLink, bought the naming rights for the New England Patriots' new stadium in 2000, only to relinquish said rights before the team played their first game at the venue in 2002.

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CMGI

Although the New England Patriots have succeeded in the Gillette Stadium era, their franchise low point was the 1990 season, when they were owned by Victor Kiam, who owned this razor company.

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REMINGTON

Dan Snyder not only erased the locale of Raljon, Maryland from the map, but his deal with FedEx took this former team owner's name off the stadium.

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JACK KENT COOKE

This relatively young FCS program has made waves by hiring Lane Kiffin as its new coach, perhaps to blunt negative publicity received in 2013 when they planned to sell stadium naming rights to GEO Group, a for-profit prison operator.

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FLORIDA ATLANTIC University (FAU)

Name EITHER this owner of the New York Knicks,OR his band, where his connections have helped lead to opening for both Jewel and the Eagles.

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JAMES DOLAN or JD AND THE STRAIGHT SHOT

The 1974 home opener for this MLB owner and corporate titan was an inauspicious start to his ownership era, as his team was losing 9-2 going into the bottom of the 8th and a streaker ran on to the field. What followed was the phrase "This is the most stupid baseball playing I've ever seen".

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Ray KROC

This retailer's bankruptcy filing in 2016 may lead to a new sponsor name for the Denver Broncos' stadium in the near future.

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SPORTS AUTHORITY

From 1989 to 1996, a high-level bicycle race was conducted along the Eastern Seaboard. Give EITHER name of the race series, which took the name of a corporate sponsor after the first two races were, well..very famously sponsored.

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TOUR DuPONT OR TOUR DE TRUMP

A famous college football meme from December 2013 shows a head coach eating a national brand pizza after an upset loss in the Big Ten Championship game. Name EITHER the coach or the pizza brand, which is more frequently associated with a current member of the ACC.

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URBAN MEYER OR PAPA JOHN'S

Finally, this former CEO of a different national pizza chain had a controversial tenure as the athletic director at the University of Michigan from 2010 to 2014, at which point he left for a job running Toys 'R Us.

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DAVE BRANDON