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Its an interesting move for the bank that just recently entered the Philadelphia market.

The Pavilion still doesn't have a corporate name (and it won't), but it will host plenty of corporate promotions for one company, as part of the Wildcats' new deal with KeyBank -- a Cleveland-based institution you may remember for their signage during the World Series. The bank, which is now entering the Philadelphia market after making an acquisition of First Niagara, will be looking to use the Wildcats' partnership to build some brand awareness in the area.

Beyond traditional signage, the promotion will include opportunities for fans to get a free seat-upgrade, and a sweepstakes to allow a fan to travel to a road game on the bank. Not bad.

The whole thing was pulled together by Villanova Sports Properties, the Fox-Sports run entity that took over for IMG as the Wildcats' marketing and media rights partner.

And now, "the News"

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