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Court affirms Murat Centre renaming decision

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A state appellate court has affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of a naming-rights lawsuit brought by The Murat Temple Association against California-based event promoter Live Nation and Evansville-based Old National Bank.

The decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals, made public Tuesday morning, stems from a March 26 lawsuit brought by MTA. It attempted to block a three-year deal between the bank and Live Nation to rename the historic building the “Old National Centre.”

Marion Superior Court Judge John Hanley dismissed the suit in August, and MTA appealed.

“The plain language of the lease grants Live Nation the authority to sell naming rights to the leased premises and to post appropriate signs and advertising,” Senior Judge William Garrard wrote. “We conclude that there are no possible set of facts upon which MTA can recover against Live Nation for breach of contract.”

Live Nation operates the 2,500-seat Murat Theatre, Egyptian room and other rooms within the building at 502 N. New Jersey St. under a long-term lease with MTA.

 

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  • Forever Murat
    No matter what anyone puts out on the marquee, the building will forever be the Murat to the residents of Indianapolis.
  • Up front or not worth much
    It appears that if the Murat people wanted to avoid this they should have had a clause preventing it in their agreement with the promoter. To most of the public, this venue will remain "The Murat" anyway. The only time these naming deals are really valuable is when they are done up-front, ala Conseco Fieldhouse, which is often referred to as just "Conseco".

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