SBD/Issue 181/Franchises

Franchise Notes

In DC, Theola Labbe-DeBose reports DC Fire Chief Dennis Rubin prior to Sunday night's Mets-Nationals game ordered that Nationals Park launch "no more fireworks" after a fan "felt paper debris fluttering down on him and his grandson." The Nationals typically ignite fireworks for the national anthem, a home run, after a win and on every Friday. The fire department lifted the ban yesterday after the Nationals "agreed to change the direction in which the fireworks are set off and the content of the explosives and make other adjustments." Since the Nationals did not play last night, the "brief ban never played out" (WASHINGTON POST, 6/9).

Larry Brown Says Bobcats Need
Jordan To Be Involved With Team
BE LIKE MIKE? In Charlotte, Rick Bonnell analyzed Michael Jordan's tenure running basketball operations for the Wizards and Bobcats under the header, "On Jordan's Watch." We still "don't know, three years into Jordan running" the Bobcats, "what to make of him as a basketball executive." He has "done some things poorly," including drafting F Kwame Brown and G Adam Morrison, and "done some things well," such as trading for G Boris Diaw last season and hiring Larry Brown to coach the Bobcats. But overall, his "body of work suggests Jordan has yet to master what it takes to build a championship team." None of the teams he has "assembled reached the playoffs," winning a combined 38% of their games (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/7). Larry Brown said that he wants Jordan "fully engaged with running the team." Brown: "If Michael's not involved, I'd be nervous about that. I came here because of Michael. He's special and he's great to be around. We need him engaged and involved" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 6/6).

NOTES: The Bills yesterday said that season-ticket sales at Ralph Wilson Stadium have "surpassed 52,000 for the second straight year, the first time that's happened since the early 1990s." In addition, the Bills said that single-game tickets for the first three games of the '09 regular season are sold out (, 6/8)....Mariners DH Ken Griffey Jr.'s contract stipulates that if he "preserved his previous year's statistics and helped draw just 259 more fans" on average to each game at Safeco Field, he would earn a $1.25M bonus. However, the Mariners are "actually seeing fewer fans" this season, cutting Griffey's "potential bonus by $450,000" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/8).

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