Saturday, March 21, 2015

What all 30 NBA arenas are named after; and which ones are the worst?

There are just two NBA arenas who's naming rights haven't been given to corporate sponsors:
The Palace of Auburn Hills, owned by the Detroit Pistons, and Madison Square Garden (named for President James Madison), home of the New York Knicks.  Here are what the other 28 literally sold out to (I saved the worst for last):

Financial Institutions (6):
Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indiana Pacers
Barclays Center - Brooklyn Nets
BMO Harris Bradley Center - Milwaukee Bucks (wins for the worst in the banking category)
Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland Cavaliers
TD Garden - Boston Celtics
Wells Fargo Center - Philadelphia 76ers

Airlines (4):
Air Canada Centre - Toronto Raptors
American Airlines Arena - Miami Heat
American Airlines Center - Dallas Mavericks
United Center - Chicago Bulls

Phone/Cable Providers (3):
AT&T Center - San Antonio Spurs
Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte Hornets
Verizon Center - Washington Wizards

Heath Insurance Provider:
Moda Center - Portland Trail Blazers

Electronics Company:
Philips Arena - Atlanta Hawks

Computer Software Company:
Oracle Arena - Golden State Warriors

Car Company:
Toyota Center - Houston Rockets

Office Supply Store:
Staples Center - Los Angeles Lakers

Discount Retail Store:
Target Center - Minnesota Timberwolves

Household Products Pyramid Business Model Company:
Amway Center - Orlando Magic

Shipping Company:
FedExForum - Memphis Grizzlies

Oil and Gas Company:
Chesapeake Energy Arena - Oklahoma City Thunder

Nuclear Waste Disposal Company:
EnergySolutions Arena - Utah Jazz (wins for the company who's name sounds much better than what it does)

Soft Drink Company:
Pepsi Center - Denver Nuggets

Blended Fruit Drink Retailer:
Smoothie King Center - New Orleans Pelicans (wins for the most likely to confuse and disappoint young children as to where they are going)

Mattress Retailer:
Sleep Train Arena - Sacramento Kings (wins for opening itself up to obvious jokes about a perennially bad franchise's fans riding the sleep train while in attendance)

Casino Hotel:
Talking Stick Resort Arena - Phoenix Suns (wins for just being the dumbest overall)

And the answer to yesterday's movie trivia question isThe 40-Year-Old Virgin.

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