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Kraft Discusses Boston Herald's
Apology On WEEI Radio Show
SPY-GONE: In DC, Tom Knott writes of U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) under the header, "Specter Needs To Set His Priorities Straight" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 5/16). In L.A., Sam Farmer writes under the header, "Arlen Specter Has Good Reason To Keep An Eye On NFL, Spygate: Senator Might Have An Agenda, But He Could Also Be Right." Farmer: "A greater degree of transparency is essential the next time a Spygate-type situation arises" (L.A. TIMES, 5/16). In N.Y., George Vecsey writes Specter "should not burn taxpayer money to get to the bottom of suspected skullduggery, particularly with other owners not making a public fuss over what [Patriots coach Bill] Belichick or other coaches might have done." Vecsey: "It's up to [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell to save us from a Senate hearing" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/16). In St. Louis, Bryan Burwell writes of Spygate, “Why does it still feel like this is being fast-tracked to a convenient conclusion without a truly categorical final chapter?” The Patriots “cheated for seven years, won three Super Bowls, created a dynasty and all it cost them was a $750,000 fine and the loss of one late first-round draft pick. Who says crime doesn’t pay?” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 5/16).
Braun Signs Largest Contract In Brewers' History Marlins To Formally Announce Six-Year,
$70M Contract Extension Over Weekend
ECONOMIC IMPACT: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig at the MLB Owners meetings Thursday said of the new trend of contracts for young players, "We talked a lot about that. It certainly depends on the player, but I'm sure teams will continue to seek out (these kinds of deals). It's certainly a function, in some ways, of our current economic situation" (Eric Fisher, SportsBusiness Journal). Meanwhile, Fox' Ken Rosenthal said that Braun's deal was an "indication that revenue sharing in baseball is having an effect." Rosenthal: "If not for revenue sharing, the Brewers probably wouldn't have been able to lock up [Braun]. It's good for the game" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 5/16).
NOT DEALING WITH THE DEVIL: The Rays Wednesday signed P Scott Kazmir to a three-year, $28.5M extension, and in St. Petersburg, Gary Shelton wrote it was a "terrific signing for the Rays." For a team that "isn't exactly swimming in payroll, they keep investing in their own products." The deal is "one more piece of evidence that this front office has a plan." The Rays are "certain enough of their blueprint, confident enough in their evaluations and committed enough to spend the money" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/15).
Orioles Owner Peter Angelos said that he "had no problem with" the Nationals sending team officials to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to distribute team coolers and pocket schedules to fans, according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore SUN. Angelos said, "It doesn't strike me in any particular way. They're welcome to do that. It's a free country." Angelos added Baltimore and DC are "one huge megalopolis, you know? It's about time we realize it." Barker reports the lunch-time event was jointly organized by the Nationals and Virginia-based Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications, and organizers "hoped to promote the Nationals and their series with Baltimore this weekend and in Washington on June 27-29." The Nationals' mascot Screech and the four Racing Presidents were among the team personnel involved with the promo (Baltimore SUN, 5/16).
Legal Woes Of Samueli (l) Could
Scuttle Contract Talks With Burke
SABRES: In Buffalo, John Vogl reports Sabres season-ticket prices for the '08-09 season are rising $3-6 per game, a per-seat increase of $123-246 for the team’s 41 home games. Fans in every section of HSBC Arena will pay 8-18% more than last season. Also, the average ticket price at HSBC Arena next season will be $48.75, down from $49.01 for the '02-03 season, when Owner Tom Golisano purchased the team. Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn said, “I think most people expect an increase like this. I think the important thing to understand about the increase is that our prices this year are still lower than the year we bought the team” (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/16).
NOTES: The MLB Rangers have plans to build a sales office in downtown Ft. Worth, offering Rangers merchandise, as well as single-game ticket sales and season, group and suite packages (Rangers)....The Twins after 24 home games are averaging 24,677 fans per game at the Metrodome, which is down 9.3% from an average of 27,210 through May 15 of last season, which included 23 home games (THE DAILY).