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Andell Holdings Nearing Close
Of $35M Purchase Of Fire
FIRE SALE: In Chicago, Nick Firchau reports Hauptman “won’t be relocating to Chicago anytime soon,” but he will attend three of the Fire’s five games in September and "provide the hands-on ownership approach of a soccer fan finally at the helm of his own team.” Hauptman: “We’re not absentee landlords. We’re expecting to be active. We expect to be engaged." Hauptman said, “We believe in soccer here in the United States. We’ve spent some time at Toyota Park, and we’ve seen some games, and the fans truly love their team. The opportunity to do this in one of the great sports cities in the country was very attractive for us.” He added, “We have to continue to create a great fan experience. The fans are there; it just has to be our vision to give them what they want” (DAILY SOUTHTOWN, 9/6).
The logo and colors on the Penguins' new Reebok uniforms "remain unchanged, and the uniforms look pretty much the same except for slightly altered striping in places," according to Dave Molinari of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE. The design “drew favorable reviews from four players" attending yesterday's unveiling. D Ryan Whitney said, “I like it. It’s tighter fitting, but it’s not too tight where you can’t move" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/6). In Pittsburgh, Keith Barnes notes the uniforms feature “several minor alterations with the striping on the sleeves and removal of the art-deco Penguin logo -- a throwback from the Howard Baldwin ownership era -- from the shoulders” to be replaced this season with a patch commemorating the city's 250th anniversary. In addition to the jersey being more tapered, the sides have been cut up along the hips to “almost give the tail the look of a tailored dress shirt” (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 9/6).
Penguins Make Slight Variations In New Uniforms
Bobcats To Switch Team's Primary
Color From Orange To Blue
GOOD CHARLOTTE: In a Q&A with CHARLOTTE OBSERVER's Leigh Dyer, Bobcats President & COO Fred Whitfield said of the team’s search for an arena naming-rights partner, “We’re going out looking for the right corporate partners that can afford, No. 1, to be involved that long with a substantial amount of money; and No. 2, share the same core values with us. And we feel confident we’ll find that in the not-too-distant future.” He added of the support in Charlotte, “It’s been exciting to watch us finally start to create some scarcity with our tickets and completely sell all of our floor seats out for the coming season. It’s exciting to see that people are willing to pay full-market value for our product” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 9/5).