Mayoral candidate Allon: sell naming rights to MTA stations; after all, "nobody seems outraged" by "Barclays Center" (really?)
But shouldn't there be a real geographic connection?
Moreover, we routinely sell naming rights in the private sector to stadiums (Citi Field in Queens, Barclays Center in Brooklyn), hospital wings (NYU’s Langone Medical Center), university buildings (the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, also at NYU) and other institutions.Actually, the Barclays Center is a very clever hand-off: the arena is nominally owned by the state, for the purposes of issuing tax-exempt bonds, but naming rights were given away to the developer.
No objection to Barclays Center naming?
For that matter, now that the Barclays Center is open, the subway station beneath it has been renamed “Atlantic Avenue – Barclays Center.” Nobody seems outraged by the change so far.He hasn't done much research. What about Deb Goldstein's "I'm still calling it Pacific St." t-shirt, as reported widely, even in the Daily News?
What about Michael D.D. White's ongoing criticisms of the deal, especially in light of the association of Barclays with scandal?