Business Community Gets in on Local Football Rivalry

SL Chamber LogoThe battle for bragging rights extends beyond the football field and into the business community this weekend as the University of Utah Utes hosts the BYU Cougars at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. 

While the Utes and the Cougars take the field against each other during the regular season for the first time since 2013, the Salt Lake Chamber and the Utah Valley Chamber have renewed their friendly wager on the rivalry game. As part of the bet, if the Cougars win, the Salt Lake Chamber must fly BYU’s flag at its offices in the heart of Ute country. But if the Utes prevail, the Utah Valley Chamber must fly a Ute flag at its offices in Provo.

Through previous years of friendly wagering, the Salt Lake Chamber holds a 5-1 lead over Utah Valley, emerging victorious in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 (admittedly, with a little help from Coach Whittingham and the Utah football team).

“When we first arranged this wager we bought a BYU flag but we haven’t had to use it very much,” said Lane Beattie, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Chamber. “We’d like to see it collect some more dust over the next few years and we’re sure the Utes can help accommodate. On a serious note, I hope that that everyone will make this a fun and respectful rivalry game so that we can continue this longstanding tradition.”

“We are always excited to place this wager,” said Rona Rahlf, president of the Utah Valley Chamber. “Kalani Sitake has hopes and energy high in Provo right now.  And with the way Taysom Hill and the rest of our Cougars played against Arizona this past weekend, we’re optimistic about our chances. Besides, whether he admits it or not, Lane Beattie always looks better in blue than he does in red.”

The Utes are 1-0 after defeating in-state opponent Southern Utah University last week and will face BYU for a second successive home game. The 1-0 Cougars are coming off of a big win against Arizona – a Pac-12 opponent – that ended with a game-winning field goal.