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Livestrong2Livestrong Sporting Park will no longer be the name of the Sporting Kansas City soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kan., according to the CEO of Sporting KC. The name will become Sporting Park. (File staff photo)
Sporting Kansas City and Livestrong Foundation have parted ways, and the name of the soccer stadium in Kansas City, Kan., will be changed to Sporting Park, according to a statement posted on the Sporting KC website tonight.
The statement from Robb Heineman, Sporting KC CEO, said the relationship with Livestrong Foundation would be terminated. Lance Armstrong , the founder of Livestrong, has been in the news this week over allegations of using drugs to enhance his performance. He is no longer leading the foundation or serving on its board.
The two parties, Livestrong and Sporting KC, had been engaged in talks, but apparently had different expectations, according to the statement.
To read the entire Sporting KC statement, visit http://www.sportingkc.com/news/2013/01/statement-robb-heineman.
Greg Lee, Livestrong Foundation chief financial officer, responded with this statement:
“The LIVESTRONG Foundation strives to be a great partner and we expect the same from those we do business with. Part of my role as the Chief Financial Officer is to ensure that the terms of the Foundation’s agreements are adhered to. If a partner is struggling to meet the terms of an agreement, we do everything possible to reach a fair and reasonable compromise. If no compromise can be reached, as good stewards of our brand, mission and donors’ dollars, we have no choice but to bring that agreement to an end. That is the case here."