Tuesday, October 18, 2016

WDT: It Has a Name


   The WDT has opined in favor of the City either abandoning their efforts to sell naming rights to the Arena or dramatically lower the price. They are half right...It should be abandoned.
   As I have said before, the facility needs to be better marketed and utilized. Events like Bravo should return and perceived value is needed before any sensible business person will pay for their name to be on it.
ttp://www.watertowndailytimes.com/opinion/name-calling-watertown-officials-cant-lure-sponsor-for-municipal-arena-20161018

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

First thing should be to change the management staff. Nothing has gone right down there in the past couple years. But I guess you could say that about the city management as whole.

Anonymous said...

You and Danny agree on this one. That should tell you something. (Hint: Danny is never right about anything).

These sentences stick out in the WDT's opinion piece:
"If no company jumped at the chance to pay $25,000 a year for the naming rights, why would they come forward once the city decided that they’d have to pay twice that amount"?

"The market has spoken..."

The truth is that the market hasn't spoken because it hasn't been effectively marketed. There is not evidence that it was ever marketed. And there is no evidence the person(s) responsible for marketing it, have any skills, ability, track-record or competence in marketing anything.
The obvious choice is shopping it to Fucillo, Caprara, Waite, Caskenette, and Davidson. But knowing that our state is a banana republic, it is just as apt to be marketed to govenrment.

pAddie Ritchie could probably get a grant to pay us to name it the Fort Drum Arena. Atty Russel could probably get a grant to pay us to name it the teacher's union Arena and learning center. Joe Butler could probably get a grant to name it Donegan's Arena. And the County would probably give a blank check to JCC to let them pay us to name it the JCC written consent arena. And then we still have Neighbors of Watertown and the Trust to hit up too.

I mean if the NFP known as Samaritan, can donate toward a monument in the park, then they can donate to put their name on an Arena. It is equally in line with their mission statement.

Anonymous said...

Why do some waste time dwelling on what appears to be no interest. I was there this weekend and time could be better spent on fixing new doors they have closed off, covering exposed wires, stopping public skaters from walking in and other short comings!

Anonymous said...

Why in the world would you stop trying to sell naming rights? How about this, hire someone who has a clue, put together an attractive package that someone may actually purchase and figure it the heck out. Remember, we have to recoup costs. What a joke.

Anonymous said...

I can't imaging why good businesses are not jumping at the chance to put their name on the front of an over priced, over budget, poorly designed that is already in need of major repairs.
Just the fact that it is beside the sewer plant should be worth something. Maybe we should market it to Roto Rooter or some septic tank pump out service.
Would be appropriate since it has been a turd from day one!

Anonymous said...


The whole thing is a disaster and I wouldn't want my name on it either. We got bilked on this one and it is so obvious. Problems with the concrete floor, no utilities for the concession, broken doors, exposed wires, venting problems etc....

I would have to agree that nothing has gone right since Jamie and John left. The new super is anything but. A fresh face and new direction is needed. Once this has been done, someone may actually come forward. The price is just too high. Better to get 10K than nothing.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

"WATERTOWN ARENA" (e.g., or add: ICE or SOME OTHER NAME). End of story... everything in government is not about "generating revenue" in every civic endeavor - like this sad saga. Give up, and move on.

Anonymous said...

It'll always be known as 'Graham's Folly'...

Anonymous said...

The Jeffrey E. Graham Ice Arena and Strip Emporium,Lotto Tickets Half Off!

Anonymous said...

no danny, not worth giving up on. it should be generating revenue and this goes on all over the country. god, you just spew crap most of the time. this has been a disaster but why not turn it into a positive. strange concept to understand i am sure. giving up is a disgrace to the taxpayers and the chance to make this a good part of the community. clinton is a crook, give up and move on.

Anonymous said...

The latest tonight is condensation all over...why? Because the brand new dehumidification system isn't working....why...because the motor went up and trouble getting a new one due to cheaper bids I would bet!

Anonymous said...


925 are you serious? Water all over in a newly renovated building? So glad we sank $11,000,000 taxpayer dollars into this fiasco. Council should have listened to the taxpayers especially Mr. Jennings.

I have a lot of respect for Theresa who actually listens to her constituents and voted NO on their behalf. Now she appears to be backing away from support for the refugees because, again, she is duly representing her constituents and what they desire. My Jennings - who appears to complete ignore the will of the citizen - could learn a great deal from her. I would sincerely like to see her run again and him get out. He is as arrogant as I have ever seen. He may want to take that cotton out of his ears and start listening to the will of the voter.