Good morning, Nashville. Last week, we had some fun with the news that the Sommet Center could soon be getting a new name… again. The Nashville Hockey Club had a falling out with the Sommet Group over Sommet’s alleged failure to make the payments that were part of the naming deal, but Sommet insisted that the Nashville Hockey Club had violated their contract by using competing vendors. Anyway, lawsuits were filed and the name change could happen as early as today at a special meeting called by the Metro Sports Authority. And the new moniker? The Nashville Arena, which is actually what we all wanted to call it in the first place.
- The real CJ. Every Coach’s (and Titans fan’s) Dream Chris Johnson has announced that he’s starting a campaign to win himself the NFL’s MVP title. Not only is he trying to do that, but he’s also requesting that Sports Illustrated feature him on the cover. And challenging Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, via Twitter, to a foot race and a basketball game. Hey, as long as he keeps delivering.
- Shout out loud. Several members of the Metro Council will be holding a public hearing in January to get everyone’s input on the new convention center. The meeting will happen on January 11th, which is a little over a week before the final vote is supposed to take place.
- Bits & pieces. Just two days after Sen. Roy Herron dropped out of the race for governor, Ward Cammack is waving the white flag due to a halt in fundraising and “impenetrable political alliances” … Portland, TN has canceled their Christmas parade because of a lack of participation. Maybe we could ship them our Grand Marshall, John Rich? … Franklin is saving money by putting up fake Christmas trees … Ten percent of all Tennessee families don’t have a bank account.
Photo by Phillip Riggins.