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Drew Rosenhaus Featured In
Panthers' New Campaign
IN THE WORKS FOR A WHILE: NHL Panthers President & COO Michael Yormark said that the campaign with Rosenhaus "has been planned for 'months.'" Yormark added that the "official multimedia launch for the movement next week is timed to be right after July 4 and roughly 14 weeks from opening night." Yormark: "Normally, we would do our new business push right after the season. We decided to hold off on that because we didn't want to come out too early; especially since we're going to be investing significant dollars into our ad campaign" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 6/30).
SMART PR MOVE: ESPN Radio's Mike Greenberg said Rosenhaus' involvement in the campaign "is just a bunch of good PR." Greenberg: "He acknowledges sort of that he's doing the whole thing with a smile on his face. But at its core this is what I've been talking about for as long as we've been doing this show. Fans need to organize, they need a leader." Greenberg added, "Would any of us have taken note of whether or not the Panthers adjust their prices for this coming season? Of course not. Will we now? … Heck yes! You're going to know, I'm going to know, the whole country's going to know because people now are going to follow this." ESPN Radio's Mike Golic added, "It's a smart move" ("Mike & Mike in the Morning," ESPN2, 7/1).
Writer Feels Panthers Should
Focus More On Improving Team
INSIDE INFORMATION: In Miami, Barry Jackson cites sources as indicating that though the proposed sale of the Panthers to Sports Properties Acquisitions Corp. (SPAC) "could happen, the deal is on shaky ground." One problem is that most of SPAC's investors "must approve it, and some might prefer to get their money back (which happens if the sale is shot down)." Jackson also notes there is "talk of a potential bid from a local real estate developer" for the team (MIAMI HERALD, 7/1).
Balsillie's Attorneys Pick
Apart Reinsdorf's Coyotes Bid
BACKING THE BID: The AP’s Andrew Bagnato noted the NHL “believes Jerry Reinsdorf can succeed where Jerry Moyes failed.” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said, “Obviously, some of the numbers aren’t pretty, but they obviously see potential. … At the end of the day, what we have and what’s been submitted to the court, we think is the best offer that’s out there, and we’re trying to maximize the value for all creditors.” When asked what might happen if the team continues to lose money, Daly said that Reinsdorf “appears committed to keeping the team in Glendale.” Daly: “There’s certainly been no indication that this bid is kind of a temporary, let’s-see-how-it-works-and-then-let’s-bolt kind of bid. I think they’re committed to the long-term future of this franchise. If it doesn’t work for whatever reason, I think they’ll try to find a local owner before they try to relocate the franchise” (AP, 6/30). Daly also said that the NHL “would do what is ‘reasonable and necessary’ to assist the team” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/1).
SUMMER SKATE: In Phoenix, Rebekah Sanders noted the Coyotes are “seeing positive signs for the hockey team’s future in Glendale.” Coyotes President & COO Doug Moss said that an autograph signing with several players “drew 3,000 fans to a recent open house at Jobing.com Arena.” It was the “largest summer showing" since the team moved from Phoenix to Glendale six years ago. The Coyotes this summer will host “more open houses, which the team uses to drum up anticipation for the next season and promote season ticket packages.” Moss “would not say how many ticket packages have been sold so far” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/30).
Buccaneers Rank In Bottom Half Of NFL
Spenders Since Glazers Acquired ManU In '05
FILLING THE LION'S DEN: In Detroit, Nicholas Cotsonika reports the Lions have "unveiled new season-ticket packages -- plus an 'All You Can Eat' seat -- as they try to lure fans to Ford Field in an ailing economy after the NFL's first 0-16 season." Season-ticket plans include a half-season plan, a "Roar Zone" plan in which about 1,200 upper-deck seats are "available for the full season at $30 per game," and a plan where fans can "pick three games -- except for Pittsburgh and Green Bay -- and save $18 or more per package." The 5,500 seats in the "All You Can Eat" sections will be "offered with season tickets, group tickets and individual game tickets," and start at $73 for season tickets and $85 for individual game tickets (DETROIT FREE PRESS, 7/1).
THE SON RISES: In San Jose, Ann Killion wrote 49ers President Jed York during his press tour following the Santa Clara City Council voting to approve the 49ers' stadium financing plan last month grew "into this new role as the public face of ownership." York was "not only articulate, he was honest." Killion: "He didn't exaggerate the team's victory. He didn't cheerlead or embellish. He wasn't overly defensive or slickly smooth. He was restrained, thoughtful and appeared prepared for a long road ahead." York has a "certain savvy in dealing with the media" that his parents, co-Owners John and Denise DeBartolo York, lack. Some of that "comes from another mentor," as 49ers COO Andy Dolich, a "longtime sports executive, appears to have left his fingerprints on his young protégé" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 6/28).
AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke said that the NHL Kings' budget "won't be dented by losses sister company AEG Live faces after the death last week of singer Michael Jackson." Leiweke called Jackson "our friend and our partner. ... We probably lost the most iconic performer the world has seen." However, he said that the company's hockey business "won't be affected." Leiweke said Jackson's death "will have zero impact on AEG, AEG Live, AEG Corporate or the L.A. Kings" (L.A. TIMES, 7/1).
Rubio's Reps Unhappy Wolves
Drafted Another Point Guard
TEAM EFFORT: Grizzlies VP/Ticket Sales & Service Dennis O'Connor said that the team is up 15% in "season ticket renewals from this time a year ago." O'Connor said that the team has "already sold more renewals and new season tickets combined than they did all of last year, although he declined to say what that number was." O'Connor: "We are well on our way to having a great sales year. We have a more legitimate chance of growing our base, which has always been our goal." In Memphis, Marlon Morgan notes "one thing that has made the Grizzlies' marketing efforts easier has been the willingness of the players to help." Grizzlies G O.J. Mayo and F Rudy Gay "have been to several team functions," while Gay and F Hakim Warrick "have come into the office to help make phone calls" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/1).
TWO FOR THE MONEY: On Long Island, Wallace Matthews wrote Mets Owners the Wilpon family and Mets GM Omar Minaya "have let down this team and this town, not by not spending enough money, but by wasting the money they did spend." The fact that they are "reaping the benefits of a new ballpark, with its significantly higher ticket prices and myriad 'revenue streams,' only makes it that much more infuriating." Matthews: "They got your money in advance and give you back nothing in return. ... They can't blame this one on Bernie Madoff. The fraud being perpetrated in Flushing is strictly an inside job" (NEWSDAY, 6/28).