Fred Whitfield Rumors
Hornets Sports & Entertainment and Charter Communications today announced that “Spectrum Center” will be replacing Time Warner Cable Arena as the name of the Hornets’ home arena with Charter’s merger with Time Warner Cable having taken effect earlier this year. Spectrum is the brand name of Charter’s all-digital TV, internet and voice offerings. “We are pleased to have Charter’s Spectrum brand become a part of our arena as Charter prepares to make its entrance into the Charlotte area,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “We look forward to partnering with Charter for many years to come as we continue to provide the best in sports and entertainment for Charlotte and the Carolinas at Spectrum Center.”
Immediately, the measure led to celebrity boycotts, and companies canceling expansion plans. But few of those reactions caused business leaders more concern than the threat to move the 2017 All-Star weekend and its projected $100 million boost to Charlotte’s economy. Business leaders kicked off their efforts soon after the law was passed. “It was a complete galvanized community effort to do everything we could to try and save the All-Star Game in ’17 in Charlotte and to try … to encourage Raleigh to make some meaningful changes to a bill that we all felt needed to be changed,” Charlotte Hornets President Fred Whitfield said Thursday.
Rick Bonnell: Fred Whitfield just told me he’s been assured by NBA 2019 ASG will be in Charlotte if “HB2 situation is resolved.” Hornets COO Whitfield said league is sufficiently committed to Charlotte that NBA doesn’t plan to put 2019 ASG out to general bid.
The Charlotte Hornets today announced that single-game tickets for the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs will go on sale Monday, March 21 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the first three potential home games of the best-of-seven series will be available online at hornets.com or ticketmaster.com, on the Hornets Mobile App, via phone at 1-800-4NBA-TIX, or at the Time Warner Cable Arena box office. “With the momentum our team has had, winning 16 of our last 20 games, the excitement around the Hornets is the highest it has been since the NBA returned to Charlotte,” said Hornets President & COO Fred Whitfield.
Hornets Sports & Entertainment announced today that the organization intends to launch its own NBA D-League team with the hope of beginning play for the 2016-17 season. The franchise today is sending an RFP to seven cities throughout the Carolinas seeking the best home for the D-League club, which would be owned and operated by HSE. Cities receiving the RFP include Asheville, Fayetteville, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. “This is a very exciting time for us,” said Hornets Sports & Entertainment President & COO Fred Whitfield. “The decision to take steps toward launching our own D-League club is yet another example of our owner’s long-term commitment to our franchise and continues to show his willingness to invest in the resources needed to improve our basketball team. A D-League team would also allow us to continue to expand the Hornets brand regionally by having a presence in an additional market.”
Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena.