Epstein's Deal With Cubs Serves As Benchmark MLB Game Viewership Lower On ESPN Dolphins' Color Rush Uniforms Mocked NFL Losing Money On London Games Richard Sherman Calls Out NFL On Player Safety Ortiz Heading Up Production Company In Retirement Philly Retailers Cash In On Wentz' Hot Start Diversity In MLB Front Offices Again Questioned Too Many MLB Postseason Broadcasters? Cubs Sign Theo Epstein To Five-Year Extension
Published April 30, 1998
BASEBALL: The Dodgers have opened an office in Tokyo, "the first such office ever opened" by an MLB team. The Dodgers' Eizaburo Kohrogi will oversee the new office under his new title of Dir of Asian Relations (L.A. TIMES, 4/29). ...In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that Mike Veeck and his partners will continue to operate the St. Paul Saints of the Northern League this season, "because nobody has stepped up to pay the big price being asked for the franchise" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/30)....In Toronto, Garth Woolsey writes that the Blue Jays are "surely" worth less now than when a group led by Murray Frum offered what was thought to be more than C$150M to buy the team from Interbrew. With attendance, TV viewership and "prospects" down and the competition "getting tougher," Woolsey writes there "has to be unease at the top and it's only a matter of time until it should be raining down on everyone in the organization" (TORONTO STAR, 4/30).....Red Sox 3B Tim Naehring was to meet with Red Sox CEO John Harrington about creating a miniature Fenway Park in Boston. Naehring's company, Athletes Reach Out, already has built a Little Fenway in Cincinnati (Providence JOURNAL-BULLETIN, 4/29). NOTES: Viacom Chair Sumner Redstone, on his interest in buying a sports franchise: "I think what I won't do that others have done -- I won't risk Viacom. I'll take a lot of risks, but I never could take it to the point where Viacom is at risk" (L.A. TIMES, 4/29)....In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reports that Vikings co-Owner Wheelock Whitney denied a recent report that he and other members of the Vikings board sold the team to Tom Clancy "to make sure that Roger Headrick didn't get it." Whitney also disputed Hartman's sources, who claim that Clancy won't be approved by the NFL because of his lack of financial backing (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/30)....RDV Sports VP/Marketing Cari Coats said that the Dazzle and Illusion are two of the top six names being considered for Orlando's WNBA expansion team. Other names "thought to be discussed are Spirit, Oz and Miracle." Meanwhile, more than 2,000 season tickets have been pledged for next season (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/30).