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Franchise Notes

Mark McGwire yesterday acknowledged that he "realized early on that accepting the job" as hitting coach with the Cardinals was "going to mean addressing the suspicions of his steroid use." He said that "by doing so this week he eliminated anything that could cloud his ability to coach, or connect with players" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 1/14). Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said, "Hiring him was totally my idea. I wasn't trying to rehab Mark McGwire. I just asked the organization and they said yes" (L.A. TIMES, 1/14). SI.com's Jon Heyman reported MLB Commissioner Bud Selig "made clear to McGwire that he would have to come out and explain himself" upon rejoining the Cardinals organization (SI.com, 1/13).

Cavs' Fans Face Dilemma As
James' Future Still Unknown
WITNESS PROTECTION PROGRAM: In Ohio, Bob Finnan reports Cavaliers season-ticket holders are "facing a bit of dilemma," as the club is asking for their "first installment on 2010-11 season tickets by March 26," before it is clear whether F LeBron James will re-sign this offseason. Season-ticket holders either can "make a full payment on March 26, or make four- or eight-part installments." The Cavaliers have sold out 53 consecutive games at Quicken Loans Arena, and team President Len Komoroski said, "We have operated in this fashion for years in terms of season tickets and playoff tickets. We've done many surveys and much research and we've found that the vast majority of fans intend to renew their seats for next season" (Lorain MORNING-JOURNAL, 1/14).

HOLD THAT LINE: The Redskins will not change general admission ticket prices next season for the fifth consecutive year. The Redskins have only increased general admission prices twice since '99 -- prior to the '00 and '06 seasons -- and are one of only two NFL teams that have not raised prices since '06 (Redskins).

SHORT-HANDED: The Predators through the first 24 home games this season are averaging 13,511 fans at Sommet Center, down 1.3% from the same point last season. The team needs to "average at least 14,000 in paid attendance to qualify for the NHL's full revenue sharing" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 1/14).

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