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  • Fans More Upbeat At State Of The Bruins Town Hall Meeting

    Last night's State of the Bruins Town Hall meeting at TD Banknorth Garden was attended by "approximately 720 season ticket-holders" and featured an atmosphere that was "decidedly more upbeat" than last year, according to Steve Conroy of the BOSTON HERALD. During the meeting, Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs, Exec VP Charlie Jacobs, VP Cam Neely, GM Peter Chiarelli, coach Claude Julien and Ds Zdeno Chara and Aaron Ward "fielded questions for about 90 minutes." Charlie Jacobs: "We do have a situation where the Celtics and Red Sox and Patriots have had such wonderful success. And I do believe that that adds pressure and expectations to what the Bruins [need] to do" (BOSTON HERALD, 9/11). In Massachusetts, Mike Loftus noted, "None in the crowd of 720 booed the introduction" of Jeremy Jacobs, who "was only asked a couple of questions once fans got a chance to address the group of executives." Fans, "for the most part, were complimentary, even thankful" (PATRIOT LEDGER, 9/11). 

    Hurricanes Officially Unveil Third
    Jersey During Event At RBC Center
    HURRICANES: In Raleigh, Chip Alexander notes the Hurricanes officially unveiled their third jersey yesterday, and "each piece of the uniform is primarily black, including the helmets, gloves, socks and the jersey." The Hurricanes' uniform colors have been red since the team moved to Raleigh in '98. Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford: "We're very proud of our red traditional jerseys. But after 10 seasons, it's time to have a new look." The uniforms, which the Hurricanes will wear in 15 home games per league rules, feature the team's secondary logo on the center of the jersey. The uniforms will go on sale September 21 at the Caniac Carnival, the team's season kickoff event (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 9/11).

    PENGUINS: In Pittsburgh, Tricia Lafferty reports Penguins C Sidney Crosby, "dressed in jeans and a jersey, was one of 10 Penguins who delivered tickets yesterday to the homes of 35 randomly chosen season-ticket holders." Penguins G Marc-Andre Fleury, Cs Jordan Staal, Maxime Talbot and Tyler Kennedy, Ds Sergei Gonchar and Brooks Orpik, RW Pascal Dupuis, LW Jeff Taffe and coach Michel Therrien "each made a couple home visits" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 9/11).

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  • Franchise Notes

    Padres, Amid Disappointing Year, Poor Economy,
    Will Not Raise Prices At Petco Next Season
    Padres CEO Sandy Alderson said that the team, which is 56-90 and in last place in the NL West, "will not raise any ticket prices" for the '09 season. Alderson acknowledged that the club's "last-place showing is a factor." Alderson: "It's partly driven by the season and partly by the economy" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 9/10).

    CHANGING TACTICS: In London, David Maddock reports Dubai's Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum "will step up his bid to buy" English Premier League club Liverpool "by using his own money to invest in the club." Al-Maktoum "has ditched" Dubai Int'l Capital (DIC) -- the investment arm of his government -- as the "buy-out company he will use." Instead he will "dip into his own wealth" to purchase the team (London MIRROR, 9/11).

    FLAG OFF THE FIELD: Oakland police said that "several nasty brawls were reported in the stands and outside" McAfee Coliseum during Monday night's Broncos-Raiders game. In Oakland, Angela Hill reported Oakland police made "at least 30 arrests for drunkenness, fighting and assault and about as many ejections for more minor offenses, such as sitting in the wrong seat." The Alameda County (CA) Sheriff's Department made an additional 15 arrests (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 9/10).

    NOTES: The Phillies with yesterday’s game against the Marlins surpassed the three-million mark in attendance in their 71st home game of the season at Citizens Bank Park, the “fastest they have reached that mark” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 9/11)....The MLB Rangers, who through last Saturday were averaging 24,518 fans per game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, this season “will not draw two million for the first time since the strike-shortened” ’95 season (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/8).

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