September 25th, 2012

Our View: Naming rights good way to support school sports

By Editorial
Portland Press Herald

What’s in a name? For a growing number of Maine schools, the name on the outside of playing fields could mean the difference between having a quality facility and one that’s falling apart.

That’s why community leaders in Lewiston are looking to sell naming rights to the sports complex that is home to Don Roux Field.

It’s a move that we have all gotten used to on the professional level, but it’s new for public school facilities here. With the intense pressure on schools to do more with less, however, it makes a lot of sense.

Lewiston is right to bring in outside donors to pay for renovations of its stadium, and other schools should consider going to the business community to help support sports programs before taking a bigger slice out of the budget.

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