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Sileo For Bucs Report
THROWING THE FLAG: Buccaneers co-Chair Joel Glazer Thursday issued a statement disputing WDAE's report. Glazer in the statement said the report is "100[%] false." The Buccaneers "are not, nor have they ever been for sale. In addition, our family or any of our related companies have never invested one penny with Bernie Madoff" (Buccaneers). ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas wrote of the release, "I've seen several thousand through the years and have never seen anything this strong or confrontational out of the Bucs." The team "got personal in a way that usually is done only by the Raiders." Yasinskas noted there have been "rumors about the Glazers selling the team for years," but there "never have been any substantiated reports to go along with that" (ESPN.com, 10/29).
CALL IF INTERESTED: Former 49ers Owner Eddie DeBartolo Thursday indicated that he would be interested in buying the Buccaneers if indeed the team came up for sale. DeBartolo, who resides in Tampa, said, "If a situation came about with something as close as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I would be a moron not to at least look into it and be somewhat interested." He added if the Glazers are "interested in selling, and they're very serious about it, of course we have a small syndicate that would be interested in it." In L.A., Sam Farmer notes the NFL in '99 fined DeBartolo $1M and suspended him for the entire season after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge, which "effectively ended his relationship with" the 49ers. DeBartolo in '00 sold his share of the team to his brother-in-law and sister, John and Denise DeBartolo York, but an "informal sampling of NFL owners in recent years indicates they would be willing to welcome him back" (L.A. TIMES, 10/30).
McCourt Says She Thought
Dodgers Would Be Shared
SELIG TIGHT-LIPPED: Shaikin reports MLB Commissioner Bud Selig during an informal meeting with reporters prior to Phillies-Yankees World Series Game Two Thursday "refused to discuss the Dodgers' divorce drama." Selig: "This is not a subject that needs to be addressed here." Selig was "visibly agitated when the issue was raised," and he "declined to discuss what he would say to Dodgers fans worried about the future of the team." Selig "talks to club owners on a frequent basis," but he "would not say whether he now talks to Frank McCourt or Jamie McCourt, or both." Selig also "declined to say whether Jamie McCourt would continue to serve in her capacities with Major League Baseball, even after Frank McCourt fired her last week" as Dodgers CEO (L.A. TIMES, 10/30). In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes, "By the time the McCourts started one divorce, another was already being finalized, between the team and the values that once made it so special. This is why, today, if forced to choose between Frank or Jamie as a singular Dodgers owner, Major League Baseball officials would probably check 'none of the above.' Nobody will publicly say it, but some think baseball quietly wants this team sold to anyone not named McCourt, these recent daily embarrassments being only the latest example of the sort of poor judgment not befitting a curator of what was once a national sports treasure" (L.A. TIMES, 10/30).
Betty's (c) Dream Too Investment Group
Becoming New Owners Of Atlanta Dream
DREAM SCENARIO: ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel wrote it "certainly sounds like this is exactly the type of owner the WNBA needs -- the independent-of-the-NBA owner who has a passion for the product but is also a bottom-line business person." These are the "people who are committed to the concept that women's basketball is a viable entertainment option, but really do understand how to run a business." Similar to Mystics President & Managing Partner Sheila Johnson, Sparks co-Owners Kathy Goodman and Carla Christofferson, and Storm Owner Force 10 Hoops, Betty "believes in all the feel-good reasons for supporting the WNBA." But it is "not just about that." She also "truly believes it's a smart investment" (ESPN.com, 10/29).
Knicks Campaign A Multiplatform Effort To
Reconnect Suffering Fans With Franchise
Two Browns Fans Organizing "MNF" Protest To
Voice Displeasure Over Current State Of Team
Writer Says NHL's Disregard
For Gretzky Evident In Court
MISTAKE ON THE LAKE: In Cleveland, Mary Kay Cabot reported former Browns GM Phil Savage's criticism of the team earlier this week "could be in breach of his Browns contract." Savage, fired in December after four seasons, said that the Browns' current leadership has seemingly "dismantled what Savage was trying to build." But Cabot noted Savage's contract with the team runs through '12, and such agreements typically "contain language prohibiting former employees from making disparaging remarks about the team while they're still getting paid" (CLEVELAND.com, 10/28).
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH: SI.com's Jon Heyman reported Padres CEO & Vice Chair Jeff Moorad and D'Backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick are "in a dispute." Kendrick apparently is "upset that Moorad kept secret from him for months his talks to buy the Padres, and also that Moorad has set what he sees as a high price for his D'Backs shares" (SI.com, 10/29).
RED EYES: In Cincinnati, Paul Daugherty wrote MLB's economy is "out of whack and inspires no hope for half the teams it claims as members." The Reds next season are expected to spend less than their $74M payroll for '09, which "got them 78 wins." Five of the top nine payroll clubs made this season's playoffs, while just "one of the bottom nine made it." There is "no sound financial reason" for the Reds to spend $80M, or $85M. Reds Owner Bob Castellini suggested that a $100M payroll for the team "was possible, if the Reds could draw between 2.5 million and 3 million fans, something they've done" only four times since '78 (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 10/29).