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Grizzles Moving Forward With Revised
Marketing Plan That Excludes Iverson
Jackson Rumored To Be One
Of Tigers On Trading Block
DECISION TIME: In Cincinnati, John Fay wrote the Reds are "counting pennies in a business in which it takes millions of dollars to win." Reds GM Walt Jocketty last week said he is "not yet" planning to cut payroll to balance the budget, and Fay wrote it "probably depends on how season-ticket renewals go." Early ticket renewals have been described as "promising," but if that trend "doesn't continue, and the Reds have to slash payroll to make budget, it means they may have to trade" 2B Brandon Phillips or P Bronson Arroyo. The Reds’ payroll in ’09 was $73.5M, and they already have $59.25M committed to six players next season. Fay: “Even if all 18 of the other players on the roster make the $400,000 minimum, they'll account for $7.2[M]. That adds up to $66.45[M]." However, if the Reds trade Phillips and Arroyo, they would "further risk alienating the fans." Fay wrote, "My advice in both cases is don't do it" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 11/14).
Blue Jays Season-Ticket Holders' Annual Trip
To Spring Training Being Discontinued Next Year
STEPPING UP TO THE PLATE: In Toronto, Morgan Campbell writes Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston is "crafting a plan to make the club … perennial contenders,” and he hinted that the plan “might include” former GM Pat Gillick. Beeston “expressed a strong desire to re-establish the Blue Jays as a national brand,” as fan interest in the team “has declined as its record sagged.” With GM Alex Anthopoulos’ “emphasis on stringent scouting and smart drafting, Beeston thinks the Jays can become baseball’s version of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks” (TORONTO STAR, 11/18).
Ryan Helping Prepare
Final Bid For Rangers
NATIONAL TREASURE? In DC, Mark Zuckerman noted the team has added aournd 17 "new front office positions in the last six weeks." While "some of those are part-time international scouts," it shows the "emphasis that has been placed on beefing up the front office." Meanwhile, the Nationals "have finalized a deal to build a new Dominican academy in Boca Chica after spending the last year renting a facility owned by Rawlings in the same area" (WASHINGTONTIMES.com, 11/17). Meanwhile, also in DC, Dick Heller noted the Nationals "have introduced 'great value-packed incentives'" for fans buying '10 season-ticket packages. Each fan "will receive up to $7 per ticket in 'added value' that can be used to purchase food, drinks and team merchandise at Nationals Park." Heller wrote, "During these perilous economic times, the idea of getting something for nothing is more attractive than ever. As opposed to usually getting nothing for something when you sit in the stands" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/15).
A STEP UP: In Minneapolis, Michael Rand writes of the Twins' new uniforms, "While retro can be overdone, there is absolutely not a thing wrong with those home throwback uniforms that pay homage to the 1961 season and the upcoming 50th year of Twins baseball." Also, the "road grays are an upgrade in the eyes of some (though not all) as well" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/18).
Writer Says Warriors' Problems Could Call For
League To Step In And Provide Stern Direction
LOOKING TO SELL: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that he has "six potential buyers on the line" for the Coyotes. But the GLOBE & MAIL's David Shoalts notes a "day in search of the elusive six produced little concrete information." The "one obvious suitor" is Ice Edge Holdings, but "after that, the field thins out quickly." If he "can't sell the team by the end of the season, Bettman will have to tell the governors the total tab for rescuing the Coyotes ... could hit" $200M. That "would be the purchase price plus the legal costs in the war against [Jim] Balsillie's plan to buy the team and move it to Hamilton, plus this season's losses." Considering the team lost more than $60M last season and "this season's ticket sales have cratered," that $200M estimate "might be on the light side" (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/18).
WILD BUFFALO: The Bills fired coach Dick Jauron yesterday, and in Buffalo, Jerry Sullivan writes the team has "been a dysfunctional mess for a decade." The "only thing you can count on is that they'll lose -- and that the owner will function on the cheap." The Bills are "at a crossroads," whether Owner Ralph Wilson "admits it or not." He has a "bad team, an inferior front office [and] increasingly disaffected fan base." Wilson has to "loosen the purse strings and pay the going rate for good football people" (BUFFALO NEWS, 11/18).
FEAST FOR A KING: The NBA Kings prior to yesterday's game against the Bulls held a free holiday buffet for ticket holders, and a team spokesperson said that "everyone in line when the game started was served, estimating that 1,084 fans were served." Kings co-Owner Gavin Maloof: "People were crowding to get in. I couldn't believe how many people there were. But, hey, we'll try anything. ... At the end of the day we'll evaluate it. Maybe we'll do it again" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 11/18).