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NFL Franchise Notes: Jets' Winning Streak Helping PSL Sales

Jets' Playoff Run Helping Them To Accelerate
Their Marketing Before New Stadium Opens
In N.Y., Richard Sandomir writes as the Jets "accelerate their marketing" before their new 82,500-seat Meadowlands stadium opens next season, they "seem like a legitimate team with a good future." Two-thirds of the seats at the stadium "require buying personal seat licenses" for $4,000-30,000 each, and the Jets "refuse to say how many remain." But winning "six of the last seven games has helped sales." Jets Exec VP/Business Operations Matthew Higgins said that "all of the seats in the Coaches Club, which contains the most expensive seat licenses in the house, have been sold." Meanwhile, Sandomir notes the Giants are "more forthcoming with numbers" of sales for the new stadium, "perhaps because they are closer to a sellout." Giants officials said that the team has "fewer than 1,500 seat licenses left, all in club areas, including 300 for the most expensive behind their home bench" (N.Y. TIMES, 1/15).

CLEANING HOUSE: In Cleveland, Tony Grossi reports "at least six" Browns staffers have been fired as new President Mike Holmgren "fulfilled his promise to make changes." The "entire pro personnel department" of Steve Sabo, Keith O'Quinn, Jim Jauch and James Kirkland was "wiped out" by new GM Tom Heckert. The "sweep of the pro department might set up the arrival" of Seahawks Dir of Pro Personnel Will Lewis, who has a "long relationship with Holmgren." Assistant trainers Danny Long and James Williams also "were let go," and "more changes are expected -- some in high places -- as Holmgren streamlines the organization" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 1/15).

SEARCH PARTY: In Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette reports the Seahawks "have narrowed their search for a general manager to two men," Steelers Business & Football Administration Coordinator Omar Khan and Patriots Senior Football Advisor Floyd Reese. Reese served as Titans GM from '94-06 (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 1/15). NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reported sources as saying that Reese "already has had contact with Seahawks owner Paul Allen." Reese has "worked with new coach Pete Carroll in the past and has deep roots with him," and the other candidates for the position "believe Reese will get the job" (NFL.com, 1/14).

WAITING IN THE WINGS: SI.com's Don Banks wrote when Ravens Dir of Player Personnel Eric DeCosta "declined to interview for the Seahawks general manager job last week, it was a clear indication that he has emerged as the obvious heir apparent" to longtime Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. There is "no timetable for Newsome's departure from the organization," but "in the coming weeks, look for Baltimore owner Steve Bisciotti to make the line of succession official in terms of the Ravens' general manager position" (SI.com, 1/12).

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