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NFL Franchise Notes: Buccaneers League's Smallest Spenders
Published July 1, 2009
|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).