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McCourt's Attorney Says She Will
Emerge As More Qualified Exec
STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: In Sacramento, Bill Bradley notes the Padres "had to be liquidated as part of the divorce settlement" between Owners John and Becky Moores, and that sale "made a bad economic situation worse for the Padres." The McCourts' "salacious tale of Hollywood gossip is not going to end soon," and it "may cause the Dodgers to be put up for sale, too" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 10/29).
Jets Cite "Disappointing Sales" As Reason
Behind Discounting Some Season Tickets
Signs At FedExField
PROJECT CENSOR: In DC, Dan Daly writes it "doesn't matter what silly spin the organization wants to put on this." In the end, it "still comes across as censorship, the stifling of dissent, when some of the signs taken away voice displeasure" with Snyder and Redskins Exec VP/Football Operations Vinny Cerrato. Daly: "It's one thing if the sign uses foul language or blocks the view of an entire section; it's another when it merely exercises the fan's First Amendment rights" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/29). ESPN's Michael Wilbon said, "People in Washington are angrier over this ... than they are over the team's losing ways of recent years. If anybody tries to spin this and say it's anything other than (censorship), they're liars" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/28). CSN's Ivan Carter: "Do they not get that this makes it even look worse?" ("Washington Post Live," CSN Mid-Atlantic, 10/28). FanHouse.com's Kevin Blackistone: "People are just ticked off to a height that I've never seen before. They want to express it. They should be given the right to express it." L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke: "I can't believe that Federal Express, which pays $7.6(M) a year to sponsor that stadium, wants their name associated with this kind of censorship" ("Around The Horn," ESPN, 10/28).
Writers Criticizing Redskins' Team
Management, Front Office, Snyder
CUT OWNERS SOME SLACK? SI.com's Ross Tucker, who played in the NFL from '01-07, wrote "flawed owner involvement is one of the worst-kept secrets in sports." It is "easy for fans to point to the relative lack of success of teams like the Cowboys and Redskins of late and blame the owners for being overly involved." But Tucker wondered, "If you were the owner of an NFL team, would you take a backseat and decline to have significant input on all the football decisions? I didn't think so. You see, making the decisions is why businessmen like [Jerry] Jones and Snyder get involved in pro sports" (SI.com, 10/28).
Sokolowski Expected To Meet
With Glendale City Officials Monday
WINNER TAKE ALL: SI.com's Sarah Kwak wrote the "'Field of Dreams' formula for success ... if you build it, they will come; if you win there, they will come back," is a "familiar theme" in Phoenix. Coyotes RW Shane Doan: "I really do believe (the Coyotes) can survive here. But it takes us winning because if you don't win, there are just too many options here in the valley." Coyotes RW Scottie Upshall: "We can't just be an average team this year because ultimately, that's what's going to hurt this franchise, is us not being competitive. Stay competitive, and the fans will come." Upshall added, "I'm sure (creative ways to build a fan base) is something this organization has talked about, but without an owner, you know, it's tough to really get anything together" (SI.com, 10/28).
Gilbert The Third And Final Potential Owner
To Meet With Rangers In Past Two Weeks
WATCHING THE STARS: In Dallas, Mike Heika writes he believes Hicks when he "says he wants to remain the owner of the Stars." Heika: "He likes this team. He wants this team to win, and he believes it can win and make money." Heika added it is his guess that if Hicks is able to "come out of this financial storm" that is forcing him to sell the Rangers with his ownership of the Stars in tact, he "will do whatever it takes to start spending to the cap again." Heika: "He obviously can't right now because of the financial situation he's in, but I think that he understands for the long-term success of the franchise, the owner of a hockey team in Texas has to spend money" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/29).
Spurs Facing Challenges In Maintaining
Fan, Sponsor Support In Recession
Glazer Family Reportedly Puts Bucs Up For Sale
After Massive Losses Due To Madoff Investment
GREENE TEA: In St. Petersburg, Damian Cristodero reports Miami-based real estate investor Jeff Greene, who was reportedly interested in investing in the Lightning, yesterday in a statement said his due diligence into the team's finances "determined that this investment does not meet our criteria." Greene said the numbers "do not work for us." Sansone Group Principal Tony Sansone Jr. said his group of investors "remain interested" in possibly buying the team, and it is "unclear what effect Greene's decision will have on Sansone, or if the process has been clarified or set back." Greene "was recruited by" Lightning co-Owner Oren Koules, and under Greene's plan, co-Owner Len Barrie reportedly "would have been bought out." Koules "would have been a secondary owner, though with a voice in personnel and organizational decisions." It is "believed under Sansone's plan ... Koules would be bought out" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/29).
MEMPHIS BLUES: In Memphis, Geoff Calkins writes the Grizzlies during yesterday's home opener at FedExForum were "supposed to come out, see the nice crowd, and prove to everyone -- and maybe even themselves -- that this could be a different Grizzles team." They were "supposed to try, at the very least," but they "didn't do any of that," losing to the Pistons 96-74. The Grizzlies are a "fragile enterprise," and the home opener was "important." The fans "have been beaten down by years of ineptitude." This "isn't like the Cleveland Cavaliers losing their home opener." Cavaliers fans "will be back," but Grizzlies fans "may or may not be" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/29).
MONEY MATTERS: A Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta report on "how sports teams in the Southeast are doing during the recession" indicated that the Saints are "faring well off the field." The team's $213M in revenue last season "compared favorably with the Southeast's other" five NFL teams -- the Dolphins with $232M, the Buccaneers with $224M, the Titans with $216M, the Jaguars with $204M and the Falcons with $203M. Meanwhile, the report said that NASCAR tracks are being "harder hit" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 10/27).