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Franchise Notes

Investigators Claim Evidence Against Yankees

WAITING IN THE LOBBY: In N.Y., Kenneth Lovett reports state lobbying investigators yesterday concluded their probe of the Yankees, saying that they "have enough evidence to prove the team violated the law by not reporting free tickets given to public officials." The matter was referred for a civil penalty hearing before the full Lobbying Commission next year. The Yankees face a fine of up to $100,000 (N.Y. POST, 12/4).

BE PREPARED: In Phoenix, Jeff Metcalfe reports that "less than an hour" after WNBA President Val Ackerman announced that the Mercury had won the WNBA Draft lottery, a 6' by 30' banner proclaiming the team's No. 1 pick "was unveiled outside America West Arena, and a new Mercury ticket push began" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 12/4).

PALE HOSE: The White Sox will implement variable pricing next season — "at least for season ticket-holders — with Friday-Sunday games costing $4 more than Monday-Thursday games." Tickets for the June 25-27 Cubs-White Sox series "will jump an additional $5, or $9 more than a weekday game." Customers ordering split ticket packages will pay $1 "more per ticket than those with season packages. The team also created `premium areas' in the club level, the lower level and the upper box area" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 12/4).

SOCCER: In London, Treanor & Taylor report Leeds United, which has debts of $138M, has reached an "agreement with their major creditors which will allow them to avoid calling in the administrators." Also, the club is expected to announce today that Deputy Chair Allan Leighton "will resign from the board, allowing him to avoid any accusations of having a conflict of interests should he consider leading a takeover bid" (London GUARDIAN, 12/4)....The MISL Monterrey Fury last Sunday played the league's first int'l game, hosting the Dallas Sidekicks in front 14,776 fans at the new, 16,000-seat Monterrey Arena. It was the league's largest crowd of the season (MISL).

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