Larry H. Miller Rumors
Three minutes into my first game, I planted my left foot awkwardly onto the court while passing the ball. I felt some weird and painful twinges in the bottom of my heel and hobbled off the court. Moments later, Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey jokingly put me on the injured reserve list. A member of the training staff wrapped my foot in ice, another painful experience in and of itself. Steve Starks, president of Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment, walked by and joked something along the lines of, “Wait. Wasn’t the ice on your other foot a minute ago?”
The home of the Utah Jazz got a new name this past season, and soon it will be getting a makeover. The Larry H. Miller Group is planning a major renovation of Vivint SmartHome Arena, expected to cost more than $100 million, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned. “We feel like we’re going to do something in a significant way to make the building feel new again,” Jazz President Steve Starks confirmed Thursday, “and return it to first-class status within the NBA.”
Who will fund the Vivint SmartHome Arena overhaul is unclear. It is anticipated that the Jazz will pay for most of it, though there could also be a public component. In the past, team officials have said the Miller family would explore public funding options only if the renovations benefited other parts of downtown. “It’s not the Miller family’s style to always actively seek public assistance,” Starks said last year. “We want to do this in a way that is sustainable and healthy for us and benefits the community.”
“With this contract extension, we are declaring our confidence in Coach Snyder’s ability to continue to develop the Utah Jazz into a championship team,” said Gail Miller, owner of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. “The Miller family recognizes the significant progress made under his leadership and we are excited about the direction we are headed.”
The Utah Jazz announced today that Linda Luchetti has been named vice president of basketball operations. The longtime Larry H. Miller Group of Companies executive and sports industry veteran joins the Jazz front office in a senior management position and will report directly to general manager Dennis Lindsey. “We are very pleased to be able to add someone of Linda’s character and caliber to a leadership role within basketball operations,” said Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey. “I am confident that her vision and wealth of experience both within the company and externally will prove her to be a valuable addition to the Jazz.”
Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment (LHMSE) today announced a partnership with Vivint, a leading smart home provider and one of the top tech companies in Utah. The partnership will include naming rights of the downtown Salt Lake City arena that is home of the Utah Jazz and the region’s premier concert and entertainment venue. Financial terms of the 10-year agreement were not disclosed. The name for the 19,911-seat facility, formerly known as EnergySolutions Arena, will be the Vivint Smart Home Arena. The arena hosts about 1.8 million guests and more than 100 sports and entertainment events each year. The basketball court is named for Larry H. Miller, who spearheaded the construction of the building 25 years ago.