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Favre Today To Arrive At Packers
Camp After Officially Being Reinstated
MARKETING DEAL: In Green Bay, Pete Dougherty cited an ESPN report which claimed the marketing deal was worth $25M over the 10-year period. A personal-services contract is "relatively common in professional sports for retired star performers" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 8/2). A source said that the idea of the marketing partnership was "to keep Favre connected with the organization through fan appearances and public events while also setting him up for post-retirement life so he wouldn't be as likely to keep changing his mind about retiring." The plan was first proposed as a 10-year, $10M deal (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/1). ESPN.com's John Clayton wrote Goodell with the reinstatement decision "sided with Favre in the sense that [Goodell] wants Favre in the league as a quarterback instead of a franchise marketer. For now, Favre has won, and Packers management looks embarrassed" (ESPN.com, 8/3). In DC, Mark Maske reports the Packers' "negotiations with Favre on the proposed marketing deal had ended." Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy said of Favre: "We welcome him back and turn this situation to our advantage" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/4).
Writers Laud Goodell For
Handling Of Favre Situation
FOUR-PACK: In Green Bay, Mike Vandermause writes the Packers have "seemingly returned to Square One, which gives the impression the organization is struggling to find the correct course of action, or worse yet, making things up as it goes along and reacting to outside circumstances." The Packers "appear to be making decisions more out of fear than the courage of their convictions" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 8/4). In S.F., Nancy Gay writes this has resulted in a "disruptive, embarrassing mess, for a proud franchise and city that takes its football very seriously and doesn't usually fumble on public relations." Packers management "made the fatal mistake of letting a 17-year veteran and his agent arm wrestle them into submission." The Packers "couldn't win this one. They erred by letting the impasse linger far too long" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 8/4). FOXSPORTS.com's Jay Glazer reported the Packers will employ Ari Fleischer Sports Communications President Ari Fleischer "for one month as a consultant" (FOXSPORTS.com, 8/3).
QB SACK? In Milwaukee, Don Walker wrote under the header, "Favre Image Takes Hit." There is "some evidence that, for some fans, Favre fatigue has set in." A Green Bay-based group that held a charity auction, which "included a number of Favre-related items," had to "return three of them because no one bid on them." Sports Business Group President David Carter: "There's no doubt that his legacy is being impacted by what's happening in the last week or so." Marketing Evaluations President Steve Levitt said of Favre, "His positives will probably slide." Favre last week extended a marketing deal with Briggs & Stratton (B&S), and B&S Dir of Dealer Channel Marketing Troy Blewett said that the company is "happy with Favre." Blewett: "Our general view is that this is going to blow over nationally. This will run its course. We had no second thoughts. Our dealers love him" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 8/3). In N.Y., Mike Lupica wrote, "It wouldn't exactly be one of those rugged Wrangler ads if Brett Favre takes the money for not playing, right?" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/3).
NBA Commissioner Denies Threatening Schultz
To Drop His Lawsuit Against Sonics Owners
HIRING PROCESS: In Oklahoma City, Baldwin & Mayberry reported "more than 1,300 applications for jobs with Oklahoma City's NBA team have been collected by the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce." Chamber President Roy Williams estimated that 75-100 jobs "will need to be filled, but it could be more. It could be less" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 8/3).
Many See Cuban As One Of Favorites
To Land Cubs, Wrigley Field
WEIGHING IN: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir wrote under the header, "Cuban Wants Cubs, But Will Baseball Want Him?" MLB President & COO Bob DuPuy said of Cuban, "He's been outspoken on issues, but we've had owners who are outspoken as well." However, Red Sox Owner John Henry in an e-mail said, "The commissioner's office abhors owners who speak their minds and fight for the rights of their respective franchises." Henry added he could think of "no one better suited to reverse the fortunes of the Cubs for the long term" than Cuban. Stern said of Cuban, "He lives in the here and the now. In every issue we have to deal with, he freely expresses his views to me, some of which I'm happier to hear than others, but all are welcome. He would be an effective owner in most businesses." Cuban in an e-mail said the "biggest surprise to people will be how wrong the press always is in their characterization of [his relationship with Stern]." DuPuy said Cuban would get a "fair hearing; the fact that he's operated a successful franchise in another league will be taken into account." MLS Real Salt Lake Owner Dave Checketts, who served as MSG President when Cuban in '00 bought the Mavericks, said that if "Cuban's lack of decorum had not been more than balanced by the Mavericks' rapid turnaround, 'He would have been dead, and we would have found a way to take the franchise from him.'" Suns Chair Jerry Colangelo: "Basketball is a little more cutting edge, and baseball has been stodgier" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/3).
Dodgers See Increase In Ticket
Sales Following Trade For Ramirez
NFL Commissioner To Arrange Meeting Of
Rooneys To Help Mediate Ownership Issues
MOVING ON UP: In Toronto, Morgan Campbell reported MLS Toronto FC for the July 24 MLS All-Star Game at BMO Field "installed two rows of field-level chairs," and some season ticket holders are upset that the team "never gave season ticket holders the chance to upgrade" their seats. Season-ticket holder Frank Garzelli said that the team "told him last week the seats were temporary," but added that a Toronto FC official "told him on Thursday that seats are there to stay and that the team would consider allowing Garzelli to purchase them as season tickets next year at a higher price." While Garzelli "thinks the move is a blatant cash grab," club officials said that the team is "just scrambling to supply a demand that keeps surging" (TORONTO STAR, 8/2).
INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: An MLB source said that Red Sox Dominican Scouting Supervisor Pablo Lantigua "was fired last month for receiving a kickback of an unspecified amount on a player he recommended." Lantigua's "name came up as a result" of MLB's investigation into the skimming of signing bonuses from Dominican players (BOSTON HERALD, 8/3).