Taco Bell Stadium at Chavez Ravine?
The Dodgers are playing great baseball right now, and that usually calls for some kind of outrageous distraction.
It was reported yesterday that the Dodgers have hired Greg McElroy as their chief sales officer. The Los Angeles Times notes that McElroy was instrumental in selling the naming rights for two Texas sports facilities, and points out that Frank McCourt has considered selling the naming rights to Dodger Stadium.
Message to McCourt: Stop right there! McCourt is slowly but surely winning over LAist, but renaming Dodger Stadium after a bank, a failing software company, or Taco Bell would make McCourt public enemy #1. The $30 million a year made off the naming would be offset by the backlash from such an unpopular move, and Dodger attendance has been pretty darn good lately.
McElroy can sell all the luxury suites and side sponsorships he wants, but the bottom line is that Dodger Stadium is in the same group with Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium in terms of classic stadium names. We're relieved McCourt nixed a mascot idea earlier. We're assuming that he'll come to his senses again.