Miami-Dade County asks courtroom for proper to rename Miami Warmth’s enviornment after FTX collapse

Miami-Dade County has now gone to a chapter courtroom to right away strip FTX’s naming rights off the Miami Warmth’s enviornment.

FTX, the cryptocurrency alternate, filed for chapter on Nov. 11 – later that day, the Warmth and the county introduced they might be on the lookout for a brand new associate for the sector’s identify, terminating their relationship with FTX.

Nevertheless, the alternate’s signage stays on the constructing that’s nonetheless referred to as FTX Area.


The emblem of FTX is seen on a flag on the entrance of the FTX Area in Miami, Fla.,, Nov. 12, 2022.  (Reuters/Marco Bello/File Photograph / Reuters Images)

In a movement filed Tuesday, the county mentioned persevering with to consult with the constructing as FTX Area will solely add to the “enduring hardships” introduced on by the collapse of the alternate.

“It doesn’t seem that the Debtor will endure hurt from a termination of the Naming Rights Settlement,” the county wrote in its movement. “Alternatively, Miami-Dade County continues to provide priceless marquee naming rights and different advantages to the Debtor, to the detriment of the County’s capacity to hunt a brand new naming associate for the Area.”

Miami-Dade County owns the sector and negotiated the naming rights to the venue. The 2 sides agreed on a 19-year, $135 million settlement in June 2021. The Warmth have been slated to make $2 million per 12 months as a part of the settlement, whereas a majority of the remaining income from the deal would go to the county in efforts to struggle gun violence and poverty.

FTX logo seen in Miami

The emblem of FTX is seen on the entrance of the FTX Area in Miami, Nov. 12, 2022. (REUTERS/Marco Bello/File Photograph / Reuters Images)


“We’re happy with the affect our Peace & Prosperity Plan — sponsored by County Commissioner Keon Hardemon and funded by the unique deal — is already having in stopping violence and creating alternative for younger individuals throughout Miami-Dade, and we stay up for figuring out a brand new associate to proceed funding these vital packages within the years forward,” the county’s and the Warmth’s joint assertion from Nov. 11 mentioned.

FTX obtained concerned with many sports activities leagues and athletes. It had a take care of Mercedes for Formulation One racing and a sponsorship take care of Main League Baseball. Mercedes additionally mentioned Friday it will take away all FTX logos from its Formulation One vehicles. Tom Brady and Stephen Curry additionally had offers with the alternate.

Buyers not too long ago filed a class-action lawsuit in opposition to founder Sam Bankman-Fried that names Brady, Curry, Shaquille O’Neal, Trevor Lawrence, David Ortiz, Shohei Ohtani and Naomi Osaka as defendants. 

FTX Arena in Miami at night

Signage for the FTX Area, the place the Miami Warmth basketball workforce performs, is illuminated on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, in Miami. The fast collapse of cryptocurrency alternate FTX into chapter 11 final week has additionally shaken the world of philanthropy, resulting from (AP Photograph/Marta Lavandier, File / AP Newsroom)


Final Wednesday, the FTX emblem has been faraway from the College of California’s soccer discipline in Berkeley, then referred to as FTX Area at California Memorial Stadium.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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