SBD/Issue 126/Franchises

Franchise Notes

In San Diego, Bill Center reports the Padres "could have the smallest payroll in the major leagues this year." The team is "projecting a final payroll of about" $42M for the '10 season, although the payroll for the 25 players on the Opening Day roster "could be closer" to $38.5M. The club's "final 2010 payroll will be roughly the same as it was in 2009." The Padres "will have only nine players this season making $1[M] or more" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 3/15). Padres Vice Chair & CEO Jeff Moorad in the past has said that the payroll "would be around $40[M] and should increase over the years as the young players gain major-league time" (NORTH COUNTY TIMES, 3/15).

FEELING MINNESOTA: Single-game tickets for Twins games at Target Field went on sale Saturday, and team officials said that fans were "snapping up all available seats for about 15 of the Twins' 81-home games by day's end." Twins President Dave St. Peter said that it is "possible that all regular-priced tickets will be gone within a month." He added that "more tickets will become available in the next few weeks when the Twins release unsold seats that had been reserved for season-ticket sales" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/14).

Packers Will Wear Throwback
Uniforms In One Game This Season

VINTAGE LOOK: In Green Bay, Charles Davis noted the Packers officially "unveiled new navy blue-and-gold throwback uniforms to a roar of cheers at the sixth annual Fan Fest on Friday night." The Packers "will be fitted in the special uniforms for only one game this season, but it hasn't been decided which one." The new uniforms are "modeled on the Packers' uniforms from the late 1920s" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 3/13). In Milwaukee, Lori Nickel wrote the players "seemed to like" the uniforms. Packers LB Brad Jones: "Most people (other Packers teammates) were backstage when we modeled them and everybody seemed to like them, everyone seemed to like them a lot. Got a bunch of laughs for the thigh pads, because nobody really wears thigh pads" (, 3/13).

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: T'Wolves President Chris Wright said that the team "has sold 625 new season tickets since" introducing a half-price offer. In the first two weeks of the offer, the T'Wolves "have sold more new lower-level tickets than all last year." The half-price deal is "only for this month" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 3/14).

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