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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Kroger Field Edition

Kentucky announces new name for Commonwealth Stadium. Big Blue Nation reacts.

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today’s lead story is the selling of the naming rights of Commonwealth Stadium to the Kroger Company. Reaction among the Big Blue faithful has been decidedly mixed:

Okay, enough of that. What we’ve seen here is exactly what we’re going to see throughout college sports. Don’t imagine for an instant that the new UK baseball stadium rights won’t be sold to a corporate sponsor — that will probably happen.

The only places you most likely won’t see corporate naming are places that are iconic enough to be trademarks in their own right, like at major football, basketball, and baseball powers with rich histories of success in their stadiums/arenas. As mentioned above, you won’t see LSU or Clemson renaming their football stadiums after corporate sponsors, but you can bet if either one spend big bucks on a new or upgraded basketball arena, a corporate name is quite likely.

Get used to it, it’s the wave of the future in the college sports money machine, and has been for some time. We got to make fun of Louisville for KFC-Yum and Papa Johns, but now we’ve joined them, and it was pretty much inevitable.

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