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Franchise Notes

In N.Y., Jim Rich reported three Jets fans at the team's November 29 home game against the Panthers were escorted from Giants Stadium by security personnel for "refusing to relinquish their banner," which read, "PSL? Go to Hell!" The Jets and Giants "have maintained there will be no retribution against season-ticket holders who speak out against PSLs," which will be required for some seats at the teams' new Meadowlands stadium. But how else can you "categorize the ejection of fans, who by accounts were not disturbing other fans, simply for displaying a sign that rebels against management?" Giants Stadium security "has a clearly stated policy prohibiting banners or signs from being brought into the stadium" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/6).

ALL EYES ON THE SALE: In Dallas, Evan Grant wrote if there is "any drama" around the MLB Rangers at the Winter Meetings, it will "all be about the sale" of the team. Grant: "Will Tom Hicks accept the Chuck Greenberg/Nolan Ryan offer? Will former agent Dennis Gilbert, pushed aside as a partner by Hicks, rebound with an intriguing offer all on his own? Will Hicks, who seemingly lost any chance at retaining control earlier in the week, announce a partnership with Greenberg and Ryan that would allow him to remain in the ownership group, though as a minority owner?" Grant added, "After months of seeking the highest price and then the most power, Hicks may or may not get the best price from Greenberg/Ryan, and he definitely wouldn't retain significant power. But Hicks might find the option that best saves face for him and puts fans at ease about the future of the club" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/6).

Thorn Says Nets Unsure When Proposed
Sale To Prokhorov Will Go Through
UP IN THE AIR: Nets President Rod Thorn said of uncertainty around the team regarding the planned move to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the proposed sale to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, "By the time we can go out and talk to free agents, I think we'll know where we'll be playing, and when, and who the owner will be. But right now, we don't know when the sale will go through. Prokhorov might not be here until January or February." Thorn added of where the team will be playing, "We're going to be here in New Jersey for the next two years, whether we're [at Izod Center in East Rutherford] or in Newark. We know it won't be Brooklyn" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/6).

NO PLANS TO PLAY DOWN UNDER: In Boston, Peter Abraham reported the Red Sox Saturday "quickly issued a statement refuting" a report by Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph that the Red Sox will "play a regular-season game at the Sydney Cricket Ground in March." The Red Sox said MLB "controls all matters regarding international play of Major League games," and "contrary to reports ... the Boston Red Sox aren't in negotiations to play, nor plan to play a game in Australia in the 2010 season" (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/6).

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