How did CSL do it?
Regarding my earlier post about CSL’s upset of media marketing giant ISG in the battle to market Lincoln’s new arena…
I’m told the selection committee thought CSL would do a better job of representing the city than ISG/Husker Sports, which might be more inclined to represent the University of Nebraska (whose basketball teams will play in the arena). ISG has a huge contract marketing the Huskers; that’s how they got involved in Lincoln’s arena project.
I’m also told ISG wanted a very long contract, to coincide with their Husker athletics contracts — and is none too pleased that they didn’t get chosen.
ISG is the company that at one time talked about financing the whole arena, and then $75 million of it. Now, none of it.
In other arena news, my sources tell me the city has abandoned its plan to hire a project manager. This company would oversee the arena portion of the project. Historically, a city employee has filled this role, but this time the city solicited proposals from companies. Apparently, those proposals will be thrown out the window and the job may be given to the Oklahoma City company, Benham, that was chosen to be the program manager.
The program manager oversees the whole west Haymarket project.
I know — it’s a hell of a confusing flowchart.
Personally, I find it somewhat comforting that these selection committees haven’t been awarding the arena gigs to the companies everybody expects.