Saturday, February 04, 2006

The San Francisco Giants’ ballpark to get a new identity, becoming AT&T Park

The San Francisco Giants is a major league baseball team that was founded in 1883 as New York Gothams. It is one of the oldest teams in the league and has won laurels from the time it has stepped in the field. The Giants have their home arena at SBC Park. The Park is getting its name changed third time and is second time since the ballpark opened in 2000. It will now become AT&T Park. AT&T played a critical role in the development of our ballpark and helped to keep major league baseball in San Francisco. SBC communications, the flagship sponsor of SBC Park, reframed itself as AT&T Inc. In late 2005 SBC Communications merged with AT&T Corp. In November the SBC Communication changed its name to AT&T after the merger. Following the merger now The Park will officially be renamed AT&T Park on March 1, 2006, just two years after it adopted the SBC Park name.
Formerly it was called SBC Park and prior to that it was called the Pacific Bell Park. Pacific Bell, a local telephone company in the San Francisco Bay Area, purchased the naming rights for the park over 24 years when the park opened. Pacific Bell's parent SBC Communications eventually dropped the Pacific Bell name and reached an agreement with the Giants to change the park's name on January 1, 2004. It was then that the park got its name SBC from the communication company called SBC Communication who had sponsored the park. Initially known as Southwestern Bell and in 1995, its name to SBC Communications, Inc. The company stated that "SBC" no longer stood for anything.
The park is located at 24 Willie Mays Plaza, at the corner of 3rd Street and King Street in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, California. SBC Park is an open-air stadium that contains 68 luxury suites, 5,200 club seats on the club level and an additional 1,500 club seats at the field level behind the home plate. The stadium contains 68 luxury suites, 5,200 club seats on the club level and an additional 1,500 club seats at the field level behind home plate. The most outstanding feature of the ballpark is the right field wall, which is 24 feet (7 m) high in honor of former Giant Willie Mays who wore number 24. Due to the immediacy to San Francisco Bay, it is only 309 feet (94 m) to the right field foul pole. The fence angles quickly away from home plate; right-center field extends out to 421 feet (128 m) from home plate. Atop the fence are four pillars with fountains atop. These four pillars will burst jets of water when a Giant hits a home run.AT&T Park is scheduled to host the All-Star game in 2007. The Giants said the park will offer wireless AT&T Internet service and that signage likely would be changed by midsummer. To get more information about the Park, Please refer to www. ballparks.com

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Commercials in the Super Bowl Championship

The Super Bowl Championship is one of the most honorable titles for any player or team. This Championship began in January 1967 as the NFL-AFL World championship Game in which the NFL championship team played against the champion of the younger, rival American Football League (AFL) for the "World Championship of Professional Football". It was after the merger of these leagues in 1970, the Super Bowl became NFL’s championship game. Since then the game is been played annually on a Sunday following a playoffs. This championship is the most audience attracting championship that matters a lot to both the teams and the players. It is a championship that involves high revenue. The entertainment aspect is taken care of fully as there are popular singers and musicians that perform at the time of breaks. The matches witness a large number of spectators that proves an excellent opportunity for the companies to advertise. The television network showing the game changes from year to year. In the United States it is currently shared between three of the four major television networks - ABC, CBS, and FOX. Super Bowl XXXVIII was shown on CBS, Super Bowl XXXIX was shown on FOX, and Super Bowl XL will be shown on ABC, which will be the final NFL game broadcast on that network for the foreseeable future. Eventually the airing of these commercials was hampered. Once again now it is announced by the league that after the game ends on Feb. 5, it would re-air the commercials shown during ABC’s broadcast of Super Bowl XL. According to the sources, the Super Bowl commercials will be broadcast six times between Monday and Tuesday next week on the NFL cable channels and on Sprint's mobile network. From midnight Sunday night through Sunday Feb. 12, the NFL will also offer the program as a video on demand option for digital cable subscribers. The program will also be available during this time on various websites and through a large number of mobile networks. The cable channel ESPN has planned to let the viewers watch the Super Bowl ads again.

Monday, January 30, 2006

RODMAN RETURNS

Dennis Rodman wants to returns to Brighton Bears to use British Basketball League [BBL] as a springboard to an unlikely National Basketball Association comeback at the age of 44. He made his BBL debut for the Bears on 29th January 2006, three days after being evicted from the Celebrity Big Brother television show. He went on to score four points for the bears, and had seven rebounds, three of them in the final 80 seconds, with the game on line, as the Bears recorded a 91-88 victory over Guildford Heat in front of a 1700 strong crowd at Brighton Triangle. A former professional basketball player, he has been known for his defense and rebounding ability, and for his controversial antics on and off the court. Rodman is also known for his controversial behavior and outlandish appearance notoriously prone to cursing in public or on live television during his playing career, he sported numerous tattoos and piercing, and frequently dyed his hair a bright, artificial color long before such a look became commonplace. Rodman played one of the most physical positions in basketball at power forward, and despite giving up as much as half a foot in some matches was considered perhaps the top rebounder of his generation and one of the best defenders at his position. Rodman had a very successful career as an NBA player; played for Detroit, San Antonio Spurs and Chicago Bulls. In January 2006, Rodman appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK. On January 26, it was announced that Rodman had signed a one game experiment deal for the UK basketball side Brighton Bears to play Guildford Heat on the 28th January. If successful, the Bears have an option on further matches. The former Chicago Bulls, who proved a popular figure with the capacity crowd, is keen for Brighton to exercise an option to use him for two more matches, a league game against the Newcastle Eagles at the larger Brighton Center on February 14 and at Wembley Arena, in a rescheduled match 24 hours later. Rodman, a forward who won five NBA titles with Detroit Pistons and the Bulls, has not played in the NBA since quitting Dallas Mavericks in 2000. If Rodman returns successful, he will be the oldest player in the league’s history at 44 years of age.