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Franchise Notes

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
LEARN FROM THE PAST: In San Jose, Mark Purdy notes the 49ers are "making a concerted effort to reconnect" with their heritage beginning with former Owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr.'s induction this weekend as the inaugural member of the team's new HOF. The move "officially sends a signal to all of the Eddie-era players that the team's leadership appreciate his contributions -- and theirs." Purdy also notes with a "stadium election looming in Santa Clara next year, it's hardly the worst idea in the world to have the most popular owner in team history on board to support the plan" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 9/18).

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).

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