A survey in the Nashville TENNESSEAN asking for suggestions for a new name for the Oilers if they move to the Music City pegged Tornadoes as the clear winner. Over 200 readers responded to the newspaper's call for a new moniker, with many responses including suggestions for where a new stadium should be built. Other fan favorites for a new name include Pioneers, Players and Frontiersmen (TENNESSEAN, 8/29).
Each home playoff game for the Red Sox would be worth $2.5M to the local economy, officials for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors bureau said yesterday. Steff Gelson writes in this morning's BOSTON HERALD officials warned fans yesterday that "travelers and tourists may be caught in a squeeze play for Boston hotel rooms" if the Sox advance beyond the Divisional playoffs (BOSTON HERALD, 8/30).
Belgian brewer Interbrew SA, which purchased Labatt's for C$2.7B in July and promptly sold off the company's broadcast properties, said yesterday they have not made a decision on whether to sell the Blue Jays and Labatt's other sports holdings -- thre CFL Argonauts and 40% of SkyDome. Art Chamberlain writes in this morning's TORONTO STAR that analysts expect Interbrew to eventually sell the teams and the share in SkyDome, and use the cash to "help pay back" money borrowed to purchase Labatt. Chamberlain notes that "the baseball strike and Jays on- field woes have cut the price they would fetch." The team was estimated to be worth C$200M "at their peak" (TORONTO STAR, 8/30).
Alameda County supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to accept complementary luxury box seats for Raider games, sparking criticism from a group opposed to the $223M bond deal to bring the team back to Oakland. Tara Shioya reports in this morning's S.F. CHRONICLE that Taxpayers for a Vote on Raiders Deal suggested "the ticket giveaway will only add to the appearance of a sweetheart deal." Supervisor Gail Steele: "This is a perk, but it is not a conflict of interest." Supervisors also have access to a Coliseum box for a limited number of A's games and free tickets to every A's game (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/30). Meanwhile, Oakland Football Marketing Association officials said yesterday they expect to sell the 2,000 remaining tickets for Sunday's Raider opener verses San Diego by this afternoon, averting a local television blackout (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/30). BARGAIN HUNTING: In Tampa, Devil Rays Managing Partner Vince Naimoli showed off private boxes for reservation-holders in the ThunderDome last night. Naimoli noted that the cost of the suites -- $40,000-125,000 per season -- is "relatively modest in comparison to private suites in other professional sports" (Bill Chastain, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 8/30).