October 28, 2021

Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX to purchase Miami Heat arena naming rights

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According to a report yesterday from the Miami Herald, cryptocurrency exchange FTX is preparing to finalize a deal to sponsor the home of National Basketball Association team the Miami Heat — a move that will grant the exchange exclusive naming rights for the 19,600 arena. 

“Miami-Dade County is getting closer to signing a cryptocurrency company to replace American Airlines as the naming-rights sponsor of the Miami Heat’s downtown arena, according to several sources — a deal that would deliver the NBA its first venue tied to bitcoin and other electronic currencies,” reads the report.

The Herald also noted that “Internet breadcrumbs” point to FTX preparing for the move, with the registration of the “ftxarena.com” Internet domain, as well as purchasing FTXarena social media handles.

Reports from 2019 indicate that the county was in the market for a new sponsor, and hoped to rename the arena by 2020. American Airlines previously paid $2 million a year to sponsor the arena.

The move seems to be a part of a larger strategy aimed at popularizing cryptocurrencies and DeFi from SBF businesses and investments.

In this case, the move to acquire a popularTitle: Sam Bankman-Fried’s FTX to purchase Miami Heat arena naming rights
Sourced From: cointelegraph.com/news/sam-bankman-fried-s-ftx-to-purchase-miami-heat-arena-naming-rights
Published Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2021 19:32:42 +0000