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Los Angeles’ Staples Center is becoming the Crypto.com Arena

Nov 17, 2021, 9:18 AM
The statue of former Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson is seen in front of Staples Center following ...
The statue of former Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson is seen in front of Staples Center following an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, in Los Angeles. The Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles will be renamed Crypto.com Arena on Christmas. The home of the NBA's Lakers and Clippers, the NHL's Kings and the WNBA's Sparks will change its name after 22 years. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    (CNN) — In a sign of the times, Los Angeles’ Staples Center is switching its name to Crypto.com Arena.

The 20-year naming rights agreement, announced Tuesday by arena owner AEG, marks an end of an era. The Staples Center has held that name since the 20,000-seat facility opened in 1999 and is the home of several professional sport teams, including the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s LA Kings.

As cryptocurrencies explode in value, dozens of companies have popped up out virtually out of thin air to help investors buy and sell digital currencies. Crypto.com is among the largest. The cyptocurrency platform and exchange was founded in 2016, and the Singapore-based company has inked other sporting deals in recent years, including becoming the official crypto sponsor of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Formula 1 racing.

“This partnership represents the fastest-growing cryptocurrency platform and the biggest sports and live entertainment company in the world converging to drive the future of sports and live entertainment as well as the incredible legacy of this arena for decades to come,” said Todd Goldstein, AEG’s chief revenue officer, in the press release.

The new name and logo will take effect on Christmas Day, giving Crypto.com a primetime spotlight when the Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets on ABC. Visitors will see external signage be replaced by next June.

Financial terms weren’t publicly disclosed. ESPN reports that Crypto.com is paying $700 million for the naming rights, making it one of the “richest naming rights deal in sports history.”

The agreement also names Crypto.com as the “official cryptocurrency platform partner” of the Lakers and Kings.

Naming one of the most recognizable arena’s in the world certainly helps raise awareness of digital currency. Recently, Los Angeles Angels player Shohei Ohtani announced he is joining cryptocurrency exchange FTX as a global ambassador and taking a stake in the company.

SoftBank-backed FTX has been aggressively spending to land an A-list roster of sponsors, including legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, the men’s basketball team of the University of Kentucky and Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence.

FTX also now holds the naming rights to the home arena of the Miami Heat as well as the football field at UC Berkeley. As part of a deal with Major League Baseball, umpires wear an FTX patch on their uniforms.

–CNN Business’ Matt Egan contributed to this report.

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