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Published February 28, 2008
In Philadelphia, Todd Zolecki reports the Phillies for the '08 season will have their "highest payroll in franchise history'' at more than $106.4M. The number is based on salaries of the Phillies' projected Opening Day, 25-man roster. It also includes projected salaries for P Cole Hamels and CF Shane Victorino, both of whom remain unsigned, as well as other salaries the team is responsible for, including White Sox DH Jim Thome. The $106.4M in '07 would have tied the Phillies with the Mariners for seventh highest in MLB, but it is unclear where that number would rank this season (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 2/28).
WHERE'S THE LOVE? Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis Tuesday wrote on his blog: "I am at the Tampa airport on my way home to DC. I was here on business and am shocked at how much coverage the Lightning gets down here. There are kiosks in the airport to buy Tampa gear, hats and t-shirts; co-promotions with Subway; and signs everywhere. When I left National airport I didn't see any Caps merchandise, but I did see the kiosk selling 'Rudy Giuliani for President' t-shirts. The front page of the Tampa paper today had a blurb on the re-signing of Dan Boyle and there were two stories on the Lightning and their trades and plans. The sportscast last night led with the Lightning as well" (TED.AOL.com, 2/26).
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LIONS SHARE: The Lions notified season-ticket holders by mail that the price of a majority of tickets at Ford Field for the '08 season will increase 18.5%. The increase, the first one since the '05 season, affects 83% of the 64,500 seats at the stadium, and the new average ticket price of $71.85 would have ranked No. 14 in the NFL in '07. Tickets previously costing $40-70 will sell for $40-90, though season-ticket buyers will get a $100 discount at the Ford Field merchandise store and receive admittance to the team's training camp (DETROIT NEWS, 2/28).