SBD/Issue 135/Franchises

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  • We Are Family: Community Ownership Of Twins An Issue Again

    Minnesota Politicians Pitching
    Community Ownership Bill For Twins
    Community ownership of the Twins “is back on the floor agendas of the [state] House and Senate after panels in each chamber passed a bill to promote it,” according to Conrad deFiebre of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. The House Governmental Operations & Veterans Affairs Committee gave its approval yesterday, while the Senate State & Local Operations Committee last week also approved the measure. The community-ownership bills would stipulate that Twins owners “retain a [25-35%] share and would operate the team day-to-day.” But MLB and the Twins have not “embraced the concept.” Twins Sports President Jerry Bell said, “Our view is it doesn’t solve anything.” But Minnesota state Sen. Ellen Anderson said, “We could get a stadium bill passed in a year if we had community ownership” (STAR TRIBUNE, 4/7).

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  • “OTL” Examines Impact Of Performance Bonuses On Teams

    Epstein Keeps Francona Insulated
    From Players’ Incentive Bonuses
    Tuesday night’s edition of ESPN’s “OTL Nightly” featured a report on professional athletes receiving incentive bonuses in their contracts. MLB agent Scott Boras said, “I don’t think most managers actually like to know about [performance bonuses]. I’ve had retired managers tell me that the administration has gone to them and said, ‘Don’t play this guy. Don’t use him.’” Patriots RB Corey Dillon, on whether a team has benched a player to prevent him from reaching an incentive clause: “I’ve seen that before. I’ve seen that a couple of times.” But Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said the team keeps the manager “insulated from the details of the performance bonuses because we never want our manager making a decision based on having to pay or not pay an incentive.” Indians Exec VP & GM Mark Shapiro added, “You’re providing the player with protection and the club some protection, and these deals are usually about sharing risk” (“OTL Nightly,” ESPN, 4/5).

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  • NBA Team Notes: T’Wolves Expect To Lose $8M This Season

    In St. Paul, Charley Walters reported the T’Wolves, “who say they lost $17[M] last year by having to pay a luxury tax for exceeding the NBA’s salary cap, hope they won’t have to pay the tax this year but still expect to lose about” $8M (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/5).

    CAVALIERS: As new Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert fired coach Paul Silas last month and reportedly will also fire GM Jim Paxson, the AKRON BEACON JOURNAL’s Terry Pluto writes in an open letter to Gilbert, “You needed to listen to former owner Gordon Gund, who gave one piece of advice — patience.” Referring to Gilbert’s role as Founder of mortgage company Rock Financial, Pluto adds, “You are not dealing with underachieving salesmen who need to be motivated. Most coaches and GMs work too hard, worry too much. They are evaluated every day by radio, TV, newspapers and fans. They don’t need any more feedback from people who might have played a little basketball in junior high” (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 4/7).

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