Stadium Naming Fun
What a great headline!
Here is how the story begins:
A naming-rights agreement for the county-owned baseball stadium is public record and must be turned over to The Times-Tribune, the state Office of Open Records has ruled.
The price and terms of PNC Bank’s new contract for naming rights of the stadium remain secrets held by the management company for PNC Field and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, SWB Yankees LLC. The details of the agreement have not been shared with the authority that oversees the stadium or Lackawanna County commissioners.
So, to recap. The local government built a stadium and hired a management company to operate the facility. A contract was signed between PNC Bank and the management company giving the bank the right to name the stadium after itself. The local government, both in the guise of the Stadium Authority and the County Commissioners, have not been given the contract by the management company. Indeed, the local newspaper files the state equivalent of Freedom of Information Act papers to get the contract, the courts agreed, and still the management company refuses.
Apparently, the management company argues that operating the stadium is not a government function. This despite the government paying for stadium construction/renovation and employing the management company to operate it.