Get out your checkbook. The naming rights for the arena the Oklahoma City Thunder plays in are officially for sale.
The Thunder sent out a brief press release this afternoon to announce the Ford Center has become an arena to be re-named later. The team terminated the naming rights of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers after negotiations broke off.
Thus begins a “period of negotiations with other potential partners” during which the Thunder won’t be talking about naming rights. But that shouldn’t stop us.
If it’s not the Ford Center anymore, what should we call this place, at least for the time being? Wouldn’t it be cool to just call it the Thunderdome and be done with it?
The text of the Thunder’s announcement is below, and while you’re reading it, just think of how much extra it’s going to cost to take down all those Ford Center signs and put up new ones. Those yellow Ford Center golf shirts the ushers/security folks wore are coming soon to a consignment shop near you.
THUNDER BEGINS DISCUSSION OF NEW NAMING RIGHTS PARTNER FOR ARENA
Thursday, August 26, 2010- The Oklahoma City Thunder has begun the process of negotiating with potential new naming rights partners for the Ford Center arena, team officials announced today.
The original naming rights contract allowed the team to terminate the existing agreement should an NBA franchise come to Oklahoma City.
The Thunder entered into discussions with the current naming rights partner, the Oklahoma Ford Dealers, but a new agreement could not be reached. As a result, the Thunder has now officially terminated the existing naming rights agreement and entered into a period of negotiations with other potential partners.
Until those negotiations are complete, the team will have no further public comment.