Stranger Fruit

If I was in Glendale …

So the Arizona Cardinals moved out of Sun Devil Stadium (home of the ASU Sun Devils) and got themselves a new state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, a city in the west valley. By all accounts it is a sweet stadium.

With Super Bowl XLII in 2008 on the horizon, the naming rights for the new stadium are up for grabs and the Cardinals went with … University of Phoenix Stadium. Yup. $154.5 million later and a 20-year deal and those powerhouses of the NFL are willing to sound like a freeking college team. At least they play like one.

UoP, for those that dont know is a for-profit school that is largely online-based. The Cardinals are a for-profit franchise that is largely are losers.


  1. #1 Jim Lippard
    September 27, 2006

    It’s probably hard to outbid the only Phoenix-area billionaires (John and Peter Sperling) still running a local business. (Bennett Dorrance is heir to part of the Campbell’s Soup money; Arturo Moreno and William Levine sold their billboard business, Outdoor Systems, to Infinity Broadcasting years ago.)

  2. #2 RPM
    September 27, 2006

    The college football national championship in Jan of 2007 will be played in a stadium named after an online diploma mill.

    By the way, it was thisclose to being named Pink Taco Stadium.

  3. #3 Amit
    September 28, 2006

    Yeah, I was disappointed with the naming…
    I was hoping they would name it Tillman Stadium.

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