I was surfing the Dallas Cowboys' site, looking for some tips on installing scoreboards, when I came across this item about Direct Energy extending its gig as Official Electricity Provider to the Cowboys and Cowboys Stadium. The consumer in me started to giggle; I'd like to hear Madison Gas & Electric's response when I tell them I prefer that some other company (there isn't one) burn a big heap of coal so I can run my toaster oven. But a few clicks later, I've learned a little something about the market for electricity in Texas, which passed a bill in 2002 that phased in deregulation, allowing consumers to choose among various electricity providers. By one estimate, 85 percent of Texas households have switched providers at least once since the bill became law, and since Direct Energy is just the third-largest electricity retailer in Texas, its Dallas sponsorship is truly important to the company's brand-awareness goals. Whether it's working is another issue - it can't be good news that the company is still in Dr Pepper territory after five years as a Cowboys preferred provider.
- by Andrew Cohen
- August 2009
HS to Use $25K Donation for New Scoreboard, Field Bartlett High School will be able to get a new stadium scoreboard thanks, in part, to a $25,000 donation from the Bartlett Rotary Club. The money will go to the Bartlett High School Booster Club, which has been raising funds for five years to build an athletic activity complex at the 19-year-old school so its students would no longer have to share facilities with Streamwood High School. read more
Youth Football League Hit by Thieves — Again This is the third time in three months the Fullerton Bears Junior All American league has seen its equipment stolen from a storage container on the Buena Park High School campus, resulting in a total loss of more than $20,000, said board member Fred Jung. read more
Plan: $750M from Taxpayers for Raiders Stadium Billionaire Sheldon Adelson wants Las Vegas to ante up the biggest subsidy in professional football history to lure the Oakland Raiders to the gambling mecca. The chief executive of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world's largest casino company, teamed up with developer Majestic Realty Co. to propose a 65,000-seat domed stadium for the National Football League team. A committee of government leaders and casino executives met Thursday to review the plan, which would raise $750 million for the coliseum with a new tax on hotel stays. read more
County Debates Use of Park Funds for Braves Stadium Representatives of the Cobb Parks Coalition have appealed to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners at every meeting for many months to fully fund the $40 million 2008 parks bond approved by 65 percent of the voters. read more
Cell Tower Could Help Finance HS Football Stadium A cell tower may be the ticket to the giving East Ridge High School a new football stadium. County commissioners and school board members are expected to hash out this possibility at a facility planning meeting Tuesday evening at schools central office on Hickory Valley Road. read more