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Ellison Reportedly Has Talked With Warriors
Owner Chris Cohan About Buying Team
STEP FORWARD? In California, Cam Inman writes under the header, "Hooray, Warriors For Sale." News that the team is "indeed for sale should tickle the loyal but frustrated legion of fans who've endured far too many playoff-less seasons under Chris Cohan's ownership." And while "several obstacles likely are ahead until a buyer agrees to Cohan's asking price," this moment "calls for the most optimistic outlook toward a better future" (CONTRA COSTA TIMES, 7/9). In Oakland, Monte Poole writes taking over the franchise from Cohan is "like being handed a map with directions to the good life," as Oracle Arena "should be good for another 20 years." The team also has a "rabid fan base with a history of tolerating defeat but clearly eager to embrace even modest success." The notion of a new owner taking over the team "sends spasms of delight through a devoted and passionate fan base" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 7/9).
Coyotes Reportedly Have Another Potential
Bidder Who Wants To Keep Team In Arizona
BEAR MARKET: In St. Petersburg, Damian Cristodero reported Lightning co-Owner Len Barrie "may be close to an agreement to sell" his Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, B.C., for about $350M, which could "have an effect on how the Lightning's ownership situation plays out." NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman last month told Barrie and Lightning co-Owner Oren Koules to "settle their differences," and Cristodero noted Barrie's sale of the resort may give him "some liquidity as the process goes forward" (TAMPABAY.com, 7/8).
SPANISH FLY: ESPN's Chris Broussard noted T'Wolves draft pick Ricky Rubio will likely "stay over in Europe for a year or two and then join the Timberwolves." Broussard: "I think he would push it more and come to the United States if he was in a situation that he was very excited about, like playing for the Knicks. But he's not that excited about playing for the Timberwolves, it's just as simple as that" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 7/8).
SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY: The Jaguars for the '09 season are offering local businesses free advertising as long as they offer discounts on their products to Jaguars season-ticket holders (Jaguars). ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky noted the merchants' offers will be "featured on jaguars.com along with company logos and some offers will be displayed on the video boards" at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium for Jaguars home games (ESPN.com, 7/7).
NO CAMPAIGN PROMISES: MLB Network’s Mitch Williams discussed the campaigns teams have created to get their players voted into the final spots on the All-Star Game rosters. Williams: "I don’t think you put a player in a position to lobby for All-Star votes. ... In Philadelphia, Shane (Victorino) was going on air talking about why they should vote for him. I know he doesn’t want to do that." Williams: "This is where it’s getting out of hand" (“MLB Tonight: Roundtripper,” MLB Network, 7/8).