Gail Miller Rumors
A Utah based company, SME Steel Contractors announced it will not be renewing its licensed suite with the Utah Jazz after the team’s players knelt during the national anthem to draw attention to protests over racial equality. The entire Jazz roster, as well as most players from the NBA, opted to kneel during the national anthem before their games during the league’s restart in Orlando. Now, SME Steel Contractors say they will not be supporting the team until they cease their protests. In a letter sent to the Jazz owner Gail Miller, the Jazz organization, and also sent to KSL, the company expressed his decision to pull its investment in the team’s luxury suite.
In a letter dated September 9, 2020, the CEO, Owner, President, and VP of Finance of SME Steel Contractors laid out their concerns to the Jazz and Miller. The company notified the Utah Jazz and owner Gail Miller that it will not renew its licensing agreement or make further payment until “the NBA and its franchises again offer sports and entertainment rather than divisive political propaganda.”
Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment and the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office today announced that Vivint Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, and three Larry H. Miller Megaplex Theatres will serve as polling stations for the General Election on Nov. 3 as an alternative to people unable to vote by mail. The polling locations will be at Vivint Arena in downtown Salt Lake City, Megaplex Luxury Theatres at Cottonwood in Holladay, Megaplex Theatres at The District in South Jordan, and Megaplex Theatres at Jordan Commons in Sandy. “Our sports and entertainment venues are familiar community gathering places, and we are pleased to join with the Salt Lake County Election Division to provide four facilities as safe, convenient and accessible voting locations on Election Day,” said Gail Miller, owner and chairman of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies.
From the Miller Family: “It was an honor and a privilege to have one of the greatest and most respected coaches in NBA history coaching our team. We have appreciated our relationship with Jerry and acknowledge his dedication to and passion for the Utah Jazz. He has left an enduring legacy with this franchise and our family. The far-reaching impact of his life has touched our city, state and the world as well as countless players, staff and fans. We pray his family will find solace and comfort in Jerry’s life. The Miller family and Jazz organization will be proud to honor him with a permanent tribute.”
Thanks to generous donations and creative collaboration, the vast Vivint Arena workforce, suddenly off the clock since games and events there were recently postponed, will soon receive financial relief and temporary employment opportunities, multiple sources have told the Deseret News. A little more than 1,000 part-time arena employees — who make things click for games, concerts and other events — will have extra funds placed in their next paycheck thanks to donations from Gail Miller, the Miller family and Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, according to sources.