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Has Crypto-Mania Finally Run Its Course?

Here’s a high-profile parallel between tech- and crypto-mania

by Bob Stokes
Updated: December 09, 2021

When a company that's part of a major financial trend buys the naming rights to a professional sports stadium or arena, watch out!

History suggests that such a prominent move might be a sign that the fortunes of that company are about to dramatically change.

For instance, back in 1999-2000, technology shares were all the rage and one of the "highest of the dot-com high flyers," as the Wall Street Journal put it, was CMGI. It was the best performing U.S. stock from 1995 to 1999.

Well, in 2000, the firm bought the naming rights to the stadium of a major league football team.

Our December 2021 Elliott Wave Financial Forecast showed this chart and elaborated:


The chart shows the stock market performance of CMGI, which is now known as Steel Connect. In August 2000, the company bought the naming rights to the home stadium of the New England Patriots for 15 years. Just two years later, in the wake of the bust, they were forced to relinquish their agreement.

Relatedly, in 1999, PSINet bought naming rights to the NFL stadium at Camden Yards in Baltimore. But, in 2002, the then internet services provider's name was removed from the stadium as PSINet went bankrupt.

Here in 2021, there appears to be a developing parallel between tech-mania and crypto-mania.

Here's a March 26 headline from the Miami Herald:

FTX, exchange for Bitcoin, wins Miami Heat arena naming deal

And this is another news item from Nov. 17 ( pays record price for naming rights to L.A.'s Staples Center

Of course, that's where the L.A. Lakers play and has agreed to fork over $700 million for a 20-year naming rights deal.

The December Elliott Wave Financial Forecast also showed this chart and said:


This chart shows's recent performance, with an arrow indicating the day they announced their coming stadium debut.

Will's price follow a trajectory similar to that of CMGI?

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