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State officials question naming rights proposal

3 years ago February 14, 2012 Feb 14, 2012 Tuesday, February 14 2012 Tuesday, February 14, 2012 1:18:58 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials are questioning the wisdom of a proposal being considered by the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board to buy the naming rights to the New Orleans Arena.

Houma-area state Sen. Norby Chabert said Tuesday that several south Louisiana lawmakers think the proposal is a bad idea.

The money would come from $30 million BP gave to repair Louisiana seafood's reputation after the Gulf oil spill.

Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham, who oversees the money, told a legislative panel that he wants to have a "lot more conversation" before any naming rights deal is struck.

Seafood board executive director Ewell Smith says the naming rights could help Louisiana seafood and restaurants statewide. Several trade groups and industry officials say the money could be better spent elsewhere.

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