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Twins to Speculators: Hold Your Domains!

April 3, 2008 10:03 PM

Channel 9 just led their 10 PM news with a feature on the ballpark naming rights. Though they didn't mention SBG Nation by name (I will, because it's a cool blog and Carter deserves to get credit for this find), they did cover everything we've been hearing over the last couple of days.

Most interesting is that they found and interviewed Derek Pettis, who just registered a bunch of names on a whim and sounded willing to give them up for whatever he paid. That's a good thing.

But, here's what we've been waiting for: The Twins have registered variations for Land O' Lakes, Allianz, and Great River Energy.

In a posting to the previous article here, Kevin Smith of the Twins left this comment:

Hi, all - As the executive director of public affairs for the Twins, I love the discussion, speculation and interest in our new ballpark. Just know that we do NOT have a naming rights deal in place with Land O' Lakes or any other company out there. Look for that by the end of 2008. In the meantime, have fun around the water cooler percolating your thoughts!

Here's the story on the channel 9 web site...

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Hmmm...we overlooked Allianz. Either way, your site has become a great forum for this kind of discussion, Rick. Kudos.

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 12:17 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 1

wheaties or land 'o lakes. great river? i guess it's ok. allianz...is the park in munich or something? i'd like to see the big G put out for naming right but the twins will take whoever pays the most money. wheaties field has just stayed at the top of my list. it's great on so many levels.

Posted on April 4, 2008 at 08:15 AM by Tim Highlight this comment 2

For the life of me I don't see why people are so enamored of Wheaties Field. Just sounds stupid to me. I would prefer just about anything but Best Buy Field to Wheaties Field.

General Mills Park is fine, and I love Great River Stadium/Park and the others that the Twins are reportedly eying. Not so crazy about LOL, but it's better than some others.

Posted on April 8, 2008 at 03:28 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 3

I like Pillsbury Park!

Posted on May 5, 2008 at 2:08 PM by JO Highlight this comment 4


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