The next time you visit the home of the Cleveland Indians, Jacobs Field, may be your last. The Indians and IMG are teaming up to sell the naming rights that have expired. The home of the Tribe, for a brief time was called "Indians Park at Gateway", until then-owner Dick Jacobs bought naming rights.
"Selecting IMG was an easy decision for us as we seek a naming rights partner for our ballpark," said Cleveland Indians President Paul Dolan. "IMG will allow us the opportunity not only to partner with another home-town team, but also expand our naming rights search due to the stature and credibility IMG has earned nationally and worldwide in the sports and entertainment business industry."
The name "Jacobs Field" expired at the end of last season. The Indians picking today to seek naming rights seems like a wise, tactical move. The team is primed to make the playoffs for the first time in 6 years.
Andy Pierce, IMG's Senior Corporate Vice President, Managing Director Consulting, added: "With our long ties to the Cleveland area, IMG is looking forward to working side-by-side with the Indians organization to identify and secure a naming rights partner for Jacobs Field that will not only benefit the entire Cleveland and northeast Ohio community, but further grow the team's success as one of baseball's most-recognized brands."
The "Cleveland Clinic Cathedral", perhaps? They seem to own just about the whole East Side. I think it should be named "Sin Tax Stadium" considering that is how the ballpark got built, but I doubt that smokers and drinkers will ante up that kind of money which will be at least several millions dollars a year with a lengthy contract.