Staples Center in L.A. to Be Renamed Arena

November 17, 2021 – Media Mention
The Wall Street Journal

Irwin Kishner, co-chair of Herrick's Sports Law Group, spoke to The Wall Street Journal about the renaming of the Staples Center in Los Angeles to the " Arena" after a Singapore-based cryptocurrency brokerage paid to sponsor the sports and concert arena. The 20,000-seat arena is home base for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and the National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings and is also a concert hub. 

According to the article, "The arena’s owner, AEG Worldwide, said it struck a 20-year naming-rights agreement with The digital-currencies company agreed to pay $700 million over the life of the agreement, according to people familiar with the deal. The name change would take effect Dec. 25."

Furthermore, the article notes that this deal is the "latest attempt by the upstart cryptocurrency industry to gain mainstream recognition," citing other cryptocurrency companies that have targeted sports to introduce themselves to a wider audience.   

With respect to the price tag, Kishner reflected, "This is certainly one of the largest deals I’ve ever heard of," adding, "It’s absolutely a ground-shaking, major transaction."

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