La. seafood board to buy arena naming rights?
The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board might use some of the USD 30 million it got from BP PLC to buy naming rights for the New Orleans Arena, where the National Basketball Association’s Hornets play.
Ewell Smith, the board’s executive director, said Tuesday that he and other board officials have been working with Jac Sperling, who was appointed by NBA commissioner David Stern to oversee the Hornets when the league bought the club in late 2010.
The name change to the Louisiana Seafood Arena would be only a small part of a campaign to bolster Gulf of Mexico seafood in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill, Smith said in an interview.
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