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Prokhorov May Soon Buy
Majority Stake In Nets
ALL SYSTEMS GO: In N.Y., Rich Calder reports the Empire State Development Corp. Thursday gave final approval to a revised plan for the Atlantic Yards development, allowing Ratner to "secure private land needed" (N.Y. POST, 9/18). CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS's Amanda Fung noted the approval, which had been "widely anticipated, is expected however to spark yet another round of lawsuits from groups that have opposed the project from the start" (CRAINSNEWYORK.com, 9/17).
Wild's Longest Active Sellout Streak In Danger,
Still Have Tickets Available For Every Game
TO CATCH THE PREDATORS: YAHOO SPORTS' Ross McKeon wrote fans "have to wonder what the priorities are these days" for the Predators. After the team reached the playoffs four consecutive seasons, the Predators finished last in the Central Division last season. The team "should feel the urgency to improve because everyone else around them sure are getting better," but they instead are "looking within to find the answers while walking a tightrope with the salary cap in a much different way than most teams." The Predators have one of the "smallest payrolls in the league, committing approximately" $42M. There is a "whopping $14.5[M] or so available before hitting the cap." Cap rules "stipulate teams must spend within $16[M] of the ceiling, so the Preds barely qualify" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 9/17).
In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the "biggest story of the off-season" for the MLB Rangers will be "who opens up his wallet and buys the club from Tom Hicks." Some prospective buyers have "lined up with the understanding that they will have to pay somewhere between" $450-525M for 100% ownership of the franchise. MLB "wants to have the sale wrapped up by the end of the year, but a spring sale is more likely." While the Rangers have "areas to address this off-season," it is "not like they have been wild spenders the past three years" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 9/18).
DeBartolo To Be Inducted As Inaugural
Member Of 49ers HOF This Weekend
A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY REPEATING: The Falcons for Sunday's game against the Panthers at the Georgia Dome will "pay homage to the inaugural 1966 team, with a black jersey, white pants and red helmet." The team's Web site also has "gone Throwback, showing all pictures in black and white" (AJC.com, 9/16).