SBD/Issue 72/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Writer Says Gibbs (r) No Longer
Involved With Snyder, Redskins
In DC, Mike Wise reports Joe Gibbs “has nothing to do with the Redskins anymore. Not as an unpaid consultant. Not as a special adviser to Daniel Snyder -- nothing.” Gibbs: “For me, personally, I haven’t talked to Dan about major decisions or anything. So for me, when I talk to him, it’s kind of a friend” (WASHINGTON POST, 12/28). Gibbs said that he is “too involved with his family and his NASCAR team to consider yet another return to the club in any capacity” (WASHINGTON TIMES, 12/28).

KICKING IT UP A NOTCH: In St. Paul, Charley Walters reported Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Finance Commission Chair Paul Thatcher at a recent commission meeting said that the Vikings are “interested in buying a Major League Soccer team for Minneapolis” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 12/24).

NORTHERN EXPOSURE: In Boston, Albert Breer wrote the NFL’s “foray into the Great White North hasn’t exactly been a roaring success.” Even with a “slew of ticket giveaways," the Bills-Jets game at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on Dec. 3 "attracted just 51,000 fans." But the “idea is a long-term one, meant to grow the team’s base” in Toronto and “preserve its future in Western New York.” Bills LB Chris Draft: “The NFL and the Players Association, we’re always looking to push the game” (BOSTON GLOBE, 12/27).

SHOWING HIS RANGE: In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson wrote Penguins employees who worked with prospective MLB Rangers Owner Chuck Greenberg when he represented a group that purchased the hockey club in '99 were impressed by his “tireless work ethic, skill as a negotiator, creativity in finding a solution, and his depth of knowledge in a wide range of facets." Penguins President David Morehouse: “What Chuck brings to the table in negotiation is a broader view than other people have. He looks 360 degrees around the issues and prepares tremendously.” Morehouse added, “He’ll make sure he has the best people available that are baseball people, and he’ll let them make decisions. I don’t think he’s going to be a meddler” (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 12/24).

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