SHORT TAKES
Author: Staff
Date: July 25,2007

NAMING RIGHTS DEAL FINALLY CONSUMMATEDTwo years into the naming
rights agreement, i wireless has finally renamed the Mark of the
Quad Cities, Moline, Ill., the i wireless Center. i wireless, a
locally based full-service wireless communications company, entered
into a sponsorship agreement with the Illinois Quad City Civic
Center Authority on June 21, 2005, securing the rights to the
facility name. The transition to the i wireless Center will occur
over the next several weeks. Scott Mullen, venue executive
director, said the facility is coming off its best year ever,
having gone from losing $80,000 to making $1.2 million. The naming
rights deal is for $4.25 million over 10 years. The i wireless
center has been receiving $425,000 a year through these first two
years. With the renaming ceremony, the deal is extended another two
years.Contact: Gary Baron, (515) 258-7808.GLOBAL ENTERTAINMENT TO
BUILD YUMA ARENAA new $46 million entertainment facility in Yuma,
Ariz., will be the 11th multi-purpose facility for Global
Entertainment. The 6,000-seat venue is to open in the fall of 2009.
It will have 22 luxury suites, two club suites, restaurants and
lounges, and will house a Central Hockey League expansion
franchise. Global subsidiary Encore Facility Management will manage
the building and Global Entertainment Marketing Systems will handle
all marketing and sales. Global’s GetTix will provide
ticketing services.Contact: Paul Jensen, (480) 994-0772XOS SELLS
NET BROADCAST DIVISION TO JUMPTVXOS Technologies has announced
plans to sell its Broadband Network broadcast business unit to
JumpTV Inc. for $60.3 million. The technology is used to stream
online sports content for 150 universities, conferences and
professional sports teams. XOS Technologies will continue to
operate Coaching Solutions and Facilities Design & Integration
groups and ticketing systems out of its offices in Billerica, Mass.
and Sanford, Fla. Contact: Anna Marie Neri (407) 936-2593
STRATBRIDGE PARTNERS WITH TICKETS.COMAnalytic software company
StratBridge has entered into a partnership with Tickets.com to
provide integrated data systems to facility managers. Ticket sales
information from Tickets.com will feed into StratTix, which
displays the data for venue sales teams to review. StratTix
delivers a graphical representation of the venue that allows sales
teams to gain facility-level and seat-level understandings of
ticket sales and track seating and buying patterns.Contact: Jill
Surrette: (603) 559-5824NEW ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE KICKING
ALONGThe new All American Football League will conduct its second
national try-out at Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala., tomorrow. The
first tryouts were held in Orlando. More than 200 players who have
used up their college eligibility, and athletes representing the
SEC and other BCS conferences, are scheduled to participate. The
League's charter teams will be located in avid college football
markets in Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and other hotbeds in the
Midwest and elsewhere. Play is scheduled to begin in spring 2008.
Cedric W. Dempsey, former NCAA president, is the league board
chairman. Players must have earned their Bachelor's degree in
addition to exhausting their college football eligibility.
Additional try-outs will be conducted next month in Michigan and
Texas.Contact: Don Klosterman, (714) 501-5949TICKETS.COM SINGAPORE
LAUNCHEDTickets.com launched a business arm in Singapore under
Quebec Leisure International Pte Ltd, the event management arm of
NTUC Club. The operation in Singapore will be the country's only
franchisee of Tickets.com Inc. Quebec is looking to expand its
market share by capturing an international audience who is
well-heeled enough to trek the globe to Singapore. With the
insertion of Tickets.com Singapore, this audience can now buy
tickets to a show from any part of the world. Tickets.com Singapore
is working with AXS InfoComm Pte Ltd, to expand its physical
distribution channels. Tickets will ultimately be available not
only from Tickets.com Singapore's 15 physical outlets, but at AXS's
450 kiosks spread islandwide. The intention is to also offer
tickets via a non-duplicable SMS code. Ticket-buyers can simply
flash the code on-site to gain entry to the shows.Tickets.com
Singapore will replace TicketCharge, which Quebec acquired in
January last year.Contact: Melanie Kuderka, (714) 327-5411OLD
DOMINION UNIVERSITY RENEWS GLOBAL SPECTRUM CONTRACTOld Dominion
University renewed the management contract at the Ted Constant
Convocation Center with Global Spectrum. Global Spectrum will also
have a more active role in the game-day operations and marketing
efforts for the Old Dominion University Football program scheduled
to begin play in the fall of 2009.Contact: Mark Fine, (757)
683-6542MARTY BROOKS APPOINTED GM IN HARTFORDBob Newman, chief
operating officer, AEG Facilities, and Lawrence R. Gottesdiener,
chairman and chief executive officer of Northland Investment
Corporation, jointly announced that Marty Brooks has been named
general manager for Northland AEG LLC’s future operations in
Hartford, Conn., which includes management of the Hartford Civic
Center and Rentschler Field, as well as business operations of the
AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Brooks, who will continue to be
based in Hartford, brings nearly three decades of entertainment
industry experience to his role with Northland AEG. Most recently,
Brooks was senior vice president and general manager for Madison
Square Garden-CT, overseeing all three of the above-mentioned
entities. The joint partnership of Northland AEG LLC began
management of the Hartford Civic Center, Rentschler Field and
business operations of the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack on July
1.Contact: Laura Brubaker, (860) 246-7825 x256