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Franchise Notes

Coyotes Reportedly Have Another Potential
Bidder Who Wants To Keep Team In Arizona
The GLOBE & MAIL's Paul Waldie reports the NHL disclosed in a court filing that the league “has been approached by another potential bidder” for the Coyotes “who wants to keep the club in Arizona.” The filing stated the league “does not know whether the prospective purchaser will submit a definitive bid by July 24.” Potential offers were due on June 26, with the only bid coming from White Sox and Bulls Chair Jerry Reinsdorf. The NHL did not explain why the new bidder did not meet that deadline (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/9).

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).

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