MetLife Stadium? That could be what the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets is called when the 2011 season opens, according to a report in the Sports Business Journal. Metlife and the teams are reportedly close to a deal that would be worth at least $17 million annually.
MetLife is already one of New Meadowlands Stadium four "cornerstone" sponsors along with Bud Light, Pepsi and Verizon.Sports Business Journal reported that companies inquiring about the naming rights in recent weeks have been told they were not available, but that a "cornerstone" sponsorship might be.
The Giants and Jets were originally hoping to generate $30 million annually from naming rights, according to reports.
Here are a couple of other notes for you on a gorgeous Tuesday morning here in upstate New York.
New York Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty wants to continue lining up alongside Osi Umenyiora
As optimism abounds and both sides of the NFL's labor negotiations progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement, Giants lineman Chris Canty expressed his desire to team with pass rusher Osi Umenyiora once practices and training camp resume. "He's a terrific player," Canty said at Miles Austin's golf charity event in Wayne Monday. "We need him."
ProFootballWeekly.com - Bills want to keep Posluszny
With free agency expected to include players who have four accrued years, the Bills' top priority is re-signing ILB Paul Posluszny. We hear that the Bills want to keep Posluszny, who in addition to being the team's top tackler is a leader in the locker room. He might not be a big-play maker, but he fits well inside in the team's 3-4 scheme. One daily observer believes a blue-collar city like Buffalo fits Posluszny well and doesn't think he will leave.