For sports fans, the front row would smell as sweet no matter what you call it, but for sports franchises, the moniker on the marquee of the stadium is a big deal. The Calgary Flames, for example, are deep in negotiations with the city to build a new arena to replace the aging Scotiabank Saddledome – formerly the Pengrowth Saddledome, formerly simply the Saddledome. With the price tag for a prospective new facility and surrounding development estimated as high as $1.8-billion, getting good money for naming rights will be an important factor in the deal. The Edmonton Oilers, meanwhile, have been playing in the $425-million Rogers Place, not to be mistaken for the Vancouver Canucks’ Rogers Arena or the Toronto Blue Jays’ Rogers Centre, formerly the SkyDome.
The Nashville Predators, the final team into the NHL playoffs, are headed to the first Stanley Cup Final in franchise history. Coach Peter Laviolette insists they won’t just be happy to be there either. “Our guys know the big picture,” Laviolette said. “They understand what it is that we’re trying to do here. And when that time comes, we’ll be ready.” Colton Sissons scored a hat trick with his third goal the game-winner with 6:00 left, and goalie Pekka Rinne made 38 saves as the Predators beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-3 on Monday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals. Now the team no one outside of Nashville expected to be here is waiting to face either defending champion Pittsburgh or