Skip to content

Redskins get approval to sell parking lot naming rights

0910fedex-field-ap_296 AP

The NFL is good at many things, but the league’s number one skill remains extracting money from others.

On Tuesday, the Redskins received approval from the Prince George’s County Council to sell advertising in their parking lots.

That’s right, naming rights for the parking lot.

Other businesses in the county are not allowed to have advertising in their parking areas, according to a story in the Washington Post.

The measure was passed by a unanimous vote “on a day when the council was rushing to complete a packed agenda before it recesses for six weeks.” According to a spokesman for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III, the county will receive no money for the deal.

No kidding.

Redskins spokesman Tony Wylie, bless his heart, said the chief purpose was to improve “wayfinding.”

I guess that sounds nicer than saying “squeezing every last drop of blood out of this thing we can.”

Hey, we’re all trying to cut the best deal for ourselves that we can. The rest of us, however, don’t have municipalities willing to bend over backward for the privilege of assisting us in the endeavor.

Permalink 16 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, Rumor Mill, Washington Redskins
16 Responses to “Redskins get approval to sell parking lot naming rights”
  1. adlent says: Jul 25, 2012 8:32 AM

    As a Redskins fan I can hate a lot on Daniel Snyder and some of his business tactics, but honestly, if some company wants to pay for the right to have a section of the parking lot named after them, I couldn’t really care less. As long as it doesn’t somehow inhibit fan ability to park. And hey, on the plus side, they are installing all those solar panels to help power the stadium… so he isn’t totally evil.

  2. ddarlak says: Jul 25, 2012 8:36 AM

    The Bills sold the naming rights to their parking lots a decade ago…

    get with the time deadskins…

  3. txxxchief says: Jul 25, 2012 8:37 AM

    I hope they name it the Kotex parking lot.

  4. waitingguilty says: Jul 25, 2012 8:38 AM

    2 things for the author of this post to consider…

    First, this is a common practice in the NFL.

    Second, no most of us do not have cities bending over to improve our cash flow…but most of us do not pump tens of millions of dollars in jobs and sales tax revenues into our communities either.

    Sure reads like an uniformed cheap shot at the Redskins.

  5. hailvictory10 says: Jul 25, 2012 8:38 AM

    I don’t have a problem with this. More money equals better players.

    Hail

  6. djrobb says: Jul 25, 2012 9:11 AM

    Maybe the new sponsors will take ownership for the volume, quantity and cleanliness of the port o johns in their sponsored parking lot. Maybe we will get a Safeway sponsored parking lot where you can buy extra tailgating items, or a weber one, or a Budweiser one. Maybe the Dallas Cowboys will sponsor a lot and they can sell jerseys there.

  7. tomtravis76 says: Jul 25, 2012 9:27 AM

    There is not one thing wrong with it, unless they now start charging more for parking.

    The Florida Panthers at onetime had a parking lot close to the arena that if you had a Lexus you parked for free.

    Everything has potential to be sponsored, its if the client thinks their company will benefit from being associated with that idea.

  8. kash71 says: Jul 25, 2012 9:38 AM

    As long its the tanning spray Shanahan uses, I am all in.

  9. dikshuttle says: Jul 25, 2012 9:56 AM

    I hate marketing as much as anyone.

    But how, exactly, is a company spending part of their advertising budget to sponsor a lot, or any event, “squeezing money” from the community?!!

    Taxpayer dollars aren’t going for this. Are they?

    Now, stadium deals… THAT I can see as bilking. But accepting non-public money for property rental? That’s just business. And it makes sense, too.

    Don’t see the H8. Srry.

  10. mizzouram says: Jul 25, 2012 10:23 AM

    Sounds like a great idea, really.

  11. ravensos says: Jul 25, 2012 12:02 PM

    Welcome to the Toyota HalfTime Show at FedEx Field brought to you by Sprint!

  12. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2012 12:54 PM

    Other businesses in the county are not allowed to have advertising in their parking areas, according to a story in the Washington Post.

    This would seem to be the key point here.
    I think that what most of the people who have a problem with this deal object to is not so much the fact that the Redskins have a potential new revenue stream (and by the way — more money doesn’t equal better players), but that the team is getting a break that other business don’t, and that the county — the taxpayer — gets nothing back in return for this exception.

  13. agelardi says: Jul 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    And of course the new revenue stream will lead to lower ticket & concession prices right? Right?

  14. boyshole25 says: Jul 26, 2012 10:44 AM

    Hey kids wanna go to fed ex field? Park in the UPS lot and come on in!

  15. defscottyb says: Jul 27, 2012 1:18 AM

    adlent says: Jul 25, 2012 8:32 AM

    As a Redskins fan I can hate a lot on Daniel Snyder and some of his business tactics, but honestly, if some company wants to pay for the right to have a section of the parking lot named after them, I couldn’t really care less. As long as it doesn’t somehow inhibit fan ability to park. And hey, on the plus side, they are installing all those solar panels to help power the stadium… so he isn’t totally evil.
    ______________________________________
    Totally agree as a die-hard Redskins fan. Lots of teams name the parking lots, owning an nfl team is a big business and should be treated as such. Yes, ticket prices are high but the players make ALOT of money and somebody has to pay for it. I actually like Danny Boy! He isn’t afraid to spend big bucks to put quality players on the field, he wants to win football games. He grew up a Redskins fan and really really cares about his team. When he hired Joe Gibbs out of retirement he was nearly crying and overjoyed. It was like his childhood hero was standing next to him with the 3 Lombardi trophies right there. Yeah he went and go Bruce Smith and Deon Sanders but has always wanted to win.

    I love how when he hired Mike Shanahan he agreed to stay out of it and let Mike do his thing. Let Mike hire his own people and draft how he wanted to and choose the FA’s he wanted. Mike has done an excellent job so far. He traded down last year to stockpile picks, didn’t go out and get aging superstars. Yes the skins gave up alot to get RG3 but they had to and it made sense. Rex was avg and John Beck was avg. We needed a franchise qb. RG3 is intelligent as ever, athletic, strong arm and most importantly Grounded. He’s not going to be out there making it rain in strip clubs, getting dui’s or slapping his baby momma around.

    I think Danny Boy finally “gets it” and Shanahan is an excellent coach. Look out for the Skins this year and going forward.

  16. defscottyb says: Jul 27, 2012 1:28 AM

    This may sound a little out there being I’m a die-hard Skins fan but I like Jerry Jones too. Make no mistake, I despise the Cowboys with a passion but I have respect for Jones. He really really cares about his team and want to put quality players on the field and not afraid to spend big money to do it. Yes, he is really annoying when he comes down to the sidelines in the 4th quarter but again he cares about his team. Also, he gives players second chances in life and chances to redeem themselves… ala pacman and TO. It’s their own faults they didn’t make the most of the second chances.

    I hope the Skins pound the Cowboys twice this year, make no mistake of my loyalty to my team. I bet most fans of other teams wished they had owners like Dan S and Jerry. Owners that spend whatever it takes to put great players on the field and really really care about their teams. Hail!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!