SBD/Issue 86/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos expects the NHL salary cap next season to be less than the $56.8M this year, but said that the "cap won't be an issue for the Canes." Karmanos: "We can run a team well under the cap and have it be a team we think can contend." He revealed that the Hurricanes will "take a 'huge financial hit' this season, a result of a drop in overall revenue and now the likelihood of missing the playoffs." He added that the "emphasis will be putting a competitive team on the ice" next season (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 1/16).

KARMA POLICE: In L.A., Bill Plaschke wrote Clippers Owner Donald Sterling's "negative presence runs as deep through his organization as red, white and blue." From the "sleazy tales of his apartment ownership to the discrimination suit filed against him by Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor, Sterling's swaying, pitching leadership seemingly will never steady this place." Lakers coach Phil Jackson Friday implied that the Clippers' bad "karma comes directly" from Sterling. Jackson: "I do think there is karma in effect. ... If you do a good mitzvah, maybe you can eliminate some of those things. You don't think Sterling's done enough mitzvahs to eliminate some of those?" (L.A. TIMES, 1/17).

SOL PATROL: WPS Dir of Communications Robert Penner said that AEG has been "in discussions 'for months' with an unidentified party" to sell its 50% stake in the L.A. Sol. Penner said that the sale of the WPS club, "which is currently operating under the custody of the league, will likely be finalized within the next week or two." The Sol reportedly lost $2M in their inaugural season (, 1/15). In DC, Steve Goff reported AEG and Blue Star LLC, which owns the other 50%, are selling to a "group that plans to keep the club in the Los Angeles area." Sources indicated that while the new owners would "like to continue playing at Home Depot Center, Cal State Fullerton's Titan Stadium is under consideration" (, 1/15).

PITCH PERFECT? In Atlanta, David O'Brien reported former MLBer Tom Glavine has been "in discussions with the Braves about a possible position with the organization that could include duties ranging from front-office work to instructing players in the minor leagues and perhaps even some broadcasting" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/16).

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