NFL Owners Caught Off Guard By Leiweke Hiring Bills' Brandon Replaces Black As Sabres President NFL's New Air Policy Could Work In Brady's Favor Impact Add Former EPL Star Drogba NFL Continues European Branding Efforts NHL Faces Several Off-Ice Incidents This Summer End Coming For Tigers' Big-Spending Era? Tod Leiweke To Become NFL COO Coyotes, Suns Discussed Sharing New Arena Steelers Likely To Submit Super Bowl Bid
Published June 8, 1998
In Toronto, Jim Proudfoot reported that the Maple Leafs have created a "new schedule of bonuses, paid to every participant on the roster and tied to collective team achievements." Payoffs "will be provided across the board for shutouts, victories by a one-goal margin, defeats turned into ties -- and for defensive statistics, objectives obtained and division titles and playoff rounds won." The Maple Leafs' Bill Watters said that the team would continue to provide bonuses for employees who earn individual NHL recognition. Watters: "This program may or may not have a positive effect, though we strongly believe it will" (TORONTO STAR, 6/6)....In L.A., Mark Heisler reported that Lakers Exec VP Jerry West "is reconsidering his retirement and might stay another season." One source said, "I think Jerry is going to end up staying as a consultant, rather than running things day to day as he has been" (L.A. TIMES, 6/7)....T-Wolves Owner Glen Taylor: "Yes, we did show a profit this year" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 6/7)....Orioles Owner Peter Angelos dismisses talk of his buying the Redskins, but he added, "If the opportunity arose, who knows?" In other news, Angelos confirmed that he will enter into partnership with Cal Ripken in the new restaurant to built alongside Camden Station (Baltimore SUN, 6/7)....In DC, single-game tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals sold out on Thursday, but the Capitals' advanced sales office "is still holding about 1,000 tickets for fans who purchase a partial season-ticket plan for next season" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/6). ...In Boston, Will McDonough wrote, "Smart people say the price of the new NFL franchise in Cleveland will be $800 million" (BOSTON GLOBE, 6/6).