Friday, May 13, 2016

Council Told of Naming Rights Process and You Guessed It....A Study

     In a memo City Council has learned what staff sees as the process for selling naming rights for the Fairgrounds Arena. A possibility floated is an offer from a Vancouver law firm to do a needs and marketing study for $7500. Council wants to sell the name for $50K a year. For the right business, it might be good branding, but you'd have to add to that the cost of signage and so far the City is insisting on a 200 square foot limitation.
    On a brighter note, the City is looking at selling ad space inside the building and that might be a good extra source of revenue as well as a means for businesses to show support without going broke.

http://www.newzjunky.com/news2016/0513naming_rights.htm

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your implications are correct mayor.. Every city town village state federal everything now must be done with a study.. Computer age is also the age of the person who cant do things on their own.. What ever happened to the good ole days when studies were done by our own represenatives..What the hell is a city manager for.. Brokering for studies, what is a city lawyer for brokering for other lawyers????????????????? What the hell is your usless Tug Hill Commission of Ritchies for.. Rewards for doing good for the Republican Party???

Anonymous said...

Tell you what,I will offer expert advice on what to do on the naming rights,and charge the city five hundred dollars less! Here goes..put it out for bid,whoever wins the bid gets the naming rights.That'll be seven thousand dollars,please, City..shaking my head,this is beyond stupid..

Anonymous said...

Really, A Canadian firm to do a study. Can we stop already.

Anonymous said...

Has the council lost its mind. There is a simple and free way to let the market decide. Step 1, put out a solicitation letting vendors submit how much they would be willing to spend annually for naming rights. Step 2, collect the quotes and read them. Its as easy as that folks. If none of the quotes are high enough for the council then don't release the award.

Why throw money away to an outside firm, who is going to google businesses in Jefferson County and a cold call questionnaire??

Anonymous said...

check the contract the wolves might want a piece of ice and building advertising.

Anonymous said...

Jeff, surely you're not looking down your ex mayoral nose at doing a study. More than a few were done in your 20 years in office.

Anonymous said...

Keeping it classy. Does Addison ever do anything without a study? Guess you can take girl out of government but not the government out of the girl

Anonymous said...

It's nice to see little Stevey at Junk news bend over yet again to reprint another anti gun propaganda story. This one was another usa today hack piece about the "easiest" states in which to buy a gun. Earth to the hormonally impaired. The system is guided by the nation instant check program. No states are different than others in this regard. Now Benito, our screaming fascist here in NY, does have some additional requirements, but only for law abiding citizens. If you're a drug dealing gang member or otherwise a law breaking a hole, you're fine. Nice job of "journalism", stevey. How are your knuckles holding up?

Anonymous said...

This manager and council is a disgrace to the city. Embarassing

Anonymous said...

Too bad they didn't do this with the concession stand. Then they would have had real bidders with real menus.

Anonymous said...

No study by outsiders is needed. I recall reading during the fall campaign that the citizens are tired of the city spending its taxpayer dollars on studies. We hire a City Manager and staff, and we elect a Mayor, Councilmen, and Councilwomen who are smart enough to use their minds, review the situation, and make decisions. Who even suggested a study for arena naming rights? If city staff and Council need input, why not asked the members of the Watertown Citizens Advisory Group, local people with a community interest. Save the money. Again, No outside studies needed.

Anonymous said...

3:48 is spot on!
It never occurred to me that the city manager is just doing things the way she was trained to do in her Fed Gov past. All of the management inadequacies make complete sense to me now...

Anonymous said...

Jeff you sold this boondoggle of a project as the second coming and somewhat self sustaining and that never was going to happen. Most thought you raised taxes 10% two years ago to pay for it, foolish tax payers you need another 10%

This is your legacy don't misplace blame on the current council.

Anonymous said...

Well said by the man above in regards to the Wolves. Now, let's make a fact check here. Mr. Graham, a person I supported in year's past had everything to do with various studies, czar's, etc...not his spot to throw stones here. Number 2, that poor small town hockey team is going to go broke. Here are people trying to give our populace something to do in the winter and now it appears that they may not be able to sell sponsorships in the arena to it's full capacity?? I can't imagine that the rent went up for this palace. I get it's only indy hockey, not the NHL, but, I hope they get a chance. You want sales city council...hire SALES people at parks and recs. This is not in their job description.

Max Volume said...

"Watertown Fairgrounds Arena"

OK...that'll only be $5000 for my "Consultant Fee"

ray lear said...

More money waste. Easy answers were already handed to them by many, and they don't take any notes. My idea is still out there. An electronic board set up with flashing titles of companies for each show. Call it a sponsor, or what ever. Collect a check. Name the building Watertown Arena.

Anonymous said...

Addleson and Gardner are spending your money wisely, arena revenues will only rise under such astute guidance.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Watertown Arena.

P e r i o d..

and now bill for that, either.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Watertown City Arena

Eazy Peazy - come on council - make it easy for all of us.