SBD/Issue 90/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley said that he would buy “a small share” of the Reds and become part of the ownership group headed by new Reds CEO Robert Castellini. Also, radio exec Bobby Lawrence said that he “would be investing in the Reds.” In Cincinnati, Cliff Peale reports Lawrence has been “serving as an adviser to the new ownership group on media and marketing.” Last year, Lawrence helped broker a deal for the Cardinals “to buy a 50[%] stake in KTRS-AM in St. Louis and move broadcasting rights to that station” (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 1/27).

Duck Boot: Samuelli Dropping
“Mighty” From Team’s Name
A MIGHTY WIND: Mighty Ducks co-Owner Henry Samueli said that the team “will become the Anaheim Ducks next season.” Samueli said that “no decision is expected until the end of the season” on whether the team will adopt a new logo, colors and uniform. In L.A., Bill Shaikin writes the move “loosens the team’s identity with Disney,” its former owner. Consultant David Paine, whose public relations firm assisted the Ducks in their market research, said telephone surveys found “nearly two-thirds” of season-ticket holders preferred a new name (L.A. TIMES, 1/27).

RETURN FLIGHT: Hornets coach Byron Scott on Thursday elaborated on previous statements in which he expressed a desire to return to Oklahoma City for the ’06-07 season. Scott: “I think we have an obligation to be back to New Orleans when economically they can support a team. And the reason I said I feel comfortable here (in Oklahoma City) and would like to play here next year, is because I don’t see that happening next year. I really don’t think they’ll have the residency, the economics to support a second franchise” (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 1/27).

MLB TICKETS: The White Sox have sold over 20,000 season tickets for the first time in franchise history. Full-season renewals were close to 100% (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/27)....The Pirates have sold 8,900 full-season equivalent ticket packages, compared to 9,250 in ’05. Group ticket sales “are pacing 29,000 ahead of the same point last year, when such tickets totaled 350,000.” The ’06 All-Star Game at PNC Park “has been a significant factor in the season-ticket increase” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/27).

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