Hofheinz family sues to keep name on Houston Cougars' arena

May 5, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) The family of the former Houston Astros owner Roy Hofheinz wants a court to require the University of Houston to keep his name on the school's basketball arena.

The university had asked in April to end the 47-year agreement on Hofheinz Pavilion. That would allow the school to negotiate a naming-rights deal as part of a renovation project.

The Hofheinz family says the $1.5 million it paid to the university in 1969 means the name should remain. They say the agreement has a present-day value of $8 million.

Hofheinz served as Houston's mayor, Harris County judge and a Texas state representative. He died in 1982.


UH signed a 10-year, $15 million naming-rights deal with Texas Dow Employees Credit Union to name the school's football stadium in 2014.

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