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01/19 Minute: Jakeless, But We Have A Damon/Romeo

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You know it is a slow sports night in Cleveland when the biggest news is the physical removal of the “Jacobs Field” sign.  While this may mean a lot to those within the organization or even those that are employed by Progressive Insurance, I refuse to exude emotion towards something when it will make the slightest of difference.  Those that have recently lost their jobs are obviously going to feel bitter towards this whole situation.  I feel for them more than anything as being a Clevelander always comes along with the fact that whatever business you work for may not be there a year from now – let alone your position.  So I get that.  But those that either hate corporate involvement or just feel like they need to voice their opinion simply need to stop.

Isn’t it crazy how Damon Jones went from not even being in the rotation to being a main part of this latest slew of wins?  Maybe his whining to the media had a point.  Either way, he’s supporting his arguments on the floor, and that is what is most important.  Let’s just hope this isn’t a showcase for him to go somewhere else, only to nail a buzzer-beater against us.

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Written by Scott @ WFNY

January 19, 2008 at 4:33 pm

01/12 Minute: Pro Field, Tucker’s Turn and Malcom’s Return

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Hello, all.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer made the Jacobs Field/Progressive Field the front page piece today, which is not very surprising. Also not surprising was the mixed reactions, with most being negative. A lot of Cleveland fans are more of the traditional variety, and similar to a church-and-state discussion, they feel that corporations and sports teams shouldn’t mix.

While it will always be “The Jake” to me, being in the business world, I can understand both sides. The Indians can always use more money, and if it’s not coming in a 20 percent boost in ticket prices, I’m alright with that. Progressive is a Cleveland-based company that employs thousands. If they can flourish through advertising, it’s better for the city whether it is realized or not. It is especially better than the company packing its bags and heading to a more lucrative city.

Cleveland desperately needs funding, and where better to produce this funding than the companies based within? The banking industry has been turmoiled as of late with several of the regional banks dropping considerably in market value as well as the number of employees. So, as long as this is a sign of things to come in terms of corporate funding into the city, I’m alright with it.
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01/11 Morning Minute: Dust Off The Suits…

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…The Cleveland Indians have gone corporate. 

In an era where almost every major sports facility is backed by a corporate sponsor, it is not surprising to see the Cleveland Indians do more of the same.  What was known to many as Jacobs Field (or “The Jake”) will now be called Progressive Field – named after the publicly traded insurance company, headquartered just outside of Cleveland. 

While I tend to be more of a traditionalist in this regard, I would be naive to think that this was not going to happen.  I was hoping for something to maintain the Jacobs Field name within, who am I kidding?  Progressive Field, it is. 

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