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    Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    Weird but funny story

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/3421110

    FleetCenter mulls Yankee fan's proposed name
    Associated Press
    Posted: 1 hour ago

    BOSTON (AP) - The arena is in downtown Boston, the heart of Red Sox Nation. There couldn't be a bigger insult than to name it after the captain of the hated New York Yankees.

    But that's just what Manhattan lawyer Kerry Konrad aims to do next Tuesday after his $2,325 bid won an eBay auction giving him the one-day naming rights to the FleetCenter.

    Konrad's proposed name: the Derek Jeter Center, after the Yankee shortstop.

    His winning bid threw the FleetCenter brass into a dilemma. "I told him, 'I don't think we can approve that name,"' arena spokesman Jim Delaney said.

    "That name may not be as bad as A-Rod," Delaney said, referring to Yankee third baseman Alex Rodriquez, "but it's still considered obscene."

    He said he would talk it over Friday with FleetCenter president Richard Krezwick and a decision would be made by the end of the day. Arena officials have reserved the right to approve or reject any winning bid.

    The FleetCenter is home to the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins. The name became obsolete after Bank of America acquired FleetBoston Financial last year and the Charlotte, N.C., banking giant opted not to retain the naming rights.

    While the arena's owner, Delaware North Cos., searches for a new long-term partner, it has been offering one-day naming rights on eBay and donating the proceeds to charity. Past winners have included an online casino and a California man who named it for his wife as a Valentine's Day present. The names are posted on signs around the arena and on fleetcenter.com

    Konrad, a Harvard alum, had the high bid for the March 1 naming rights. His wife, Nina Webb, said it was part of a 20-year college rivalry with some Boston buddies.

    Delaney said Konrad has been understanding about their predicament, even suggesting that if his Boston friends match his winning bid, they can all settle on a 24-hour name for the arena.

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    I think Steinbrenner Center has a nice ring to it.

    The original name always makes me think of enemas.
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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    How about "The Phil Jackson Center"

    Wouldn't that piss off Red? :

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    Quote Originally Posted by Unassisted
    The original name always makes me think of enemas.
    Me, too.
    'When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.'
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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    The only thing that would make this funnier would be if they named it after Ms Slappy Rodriguez.

    (if anyone still has that picture, post it here)

    Even then, this is still hilarious.
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    I've read books about sparkling vampires who walk around in the daylight that were written better than a John Fay article.

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    I wonder if "Rick Pitino Arena" would go over very well?

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    Quote Originally Posted by UKFlounder
    I wonder if "Rick Pitino Arena" would go over very well?
    I dont think Celtics fans hate Pitino "that" bad.

    Now if they re-named Rupp Arena that.
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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    The Fleet Center officials have officially rejected the name now.

    Arena named Jimmy Fund Center instead
    By Darren Rovell, ESPN.com

    There will be no Derek Jeter Center after all.

    On Tuesday, New York attorney Kerry Konrad won the right in an eBay auction to name Boston's FleetCenter for a day. For his $2,325, Konrad wanted to honor the New York Yankees shortstop.

    But, on Friday, FleetCenter officials rejected the name, which Konrad hoped would add to the 25-year rivalry he has had with his former college classmates who are Boston Red Sox fans.

    "We decided that all the names had to be rated G, and this name was determined to be obscene and vulgar," said Richard A. Krezwick, president and chief executive of the FleetCenter, which has auctioned off daily naming rights to about a dozen companies since its contract with the bank was terminated. "We were afraid of the volume of phone calls bogging down our switchboard, the number of e-mails clogging our portal and the potential graffiti on the side of our building."

    When reached at his office, Konrad said he was not disappointed.

    "I had no idea that this joke would get so much attention in the first place," Konrad said. "It was a joke. I've already had my laugh. But I could have made it much worse, like the A-Rod Center, Bucky Dent Center, the Aaron Boone Center, or the 'Only 25 More [championships] To Go' Center."

    To be fair, the Red Sox are only 20 championships behind the Yankees' major league record 26.

    Instead, on March 1, the building will be named the Jimmy Fund Center. Jerry Rappaport Jr., Konrad's ex-college roommate and Red Sox fan, added $6,275 to Konrad's bid -- to reach $8,600 in total to signify the 86-year Boston Red Sox curse that was broken in 2004. The money will go to The Jimmy Fund, which supports the fight against cancer through Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

    Krezwick said that it's not likely that any future auction winner would get by with naming the arena after anyone associated with the Yankees organization.

    "I got a lot of e-mails from Red Sox fans in Boston who tipped their cap to me," Konrad said. "They left the back door open. I'm sure if [Yankees owner] George Steinbrenner were foolish enough to auction off the naming rights to Yankee Stadium for a day, Red Sox fans would have thought of something clever."

    The FleetCenter is the home of the NBA's Celtics and NHL's Bruins. No events are planned on March 1 -- the NHL is locked out, and the Celtics have an off-day

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=1999921

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    "We decided that all the names had to be rated G, and this name was determined to be obscene and vulgar."

    Maybe Derek Jeter should sue for defamation?
    /r/reds

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    Re: Contest winner wants to name Boston's FleetCenter "Derek Jeter Center" for 1 day

    lol at least he didnt want it to be named "Redsox Suck Center".


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