SBD/Issue 204/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Warriors President Rowell Denies Reports
Owner Chris Cohan Looking To Sell Team
Warriors President Robert Rowell Friday "disputed reports about owner Chris Cohan's interest in selling the team." Rowell: "The Golden State Warriors are not for sale. There is not a 'For Sale' sign up." Sources had said that Cohan was "interested in selling the team and entered discussions with" Oracle CEO Larry Ellison and a group led by the team's minority owners (, 7/10).

SUMMER CAMP: In Charlotte, Tom Sorensen wrote Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan was "hilarious and engaging" at the team's fantasy camp Saturday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Sorensen noted the idea for the fantasy camp "came out of a staff meeting" about how to sell tickets and Jordan. Bobcats President & COO Fred Whitfield: "It's not about sitting Michael in the lobby and just signing autographs. It's about how we can add value to everything we do." Whitfield said that on June 1, before the fantasy camp was announced, premium season-ticket renewals "were down 22[%] from a year ago." Whitfield: "Now we're 5[%] ahead" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 7/12).

RESTRICTED MOVEMENT: In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon's "blunder in not getting qualifying offers to his restricted free agents in the timely manner mandated" by the NHL's CBA is "likely to mortally wound the Blackhawks next summer." The Blackhawks "will not have enough space to remain intact while accommodating" C Jonathan Toews, RW Patrick Kane and D Duncan Keith. The team "will have to choose between losing one of those three to an offer sheet, or trading Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland or Brent Seabrook, none a good option" (N.Y. POST, 7/12).

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