SBD/Issue 152/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Dunleavy Files For Arbitration,
Says Clippers Cut Off Salary

In L.A., Mark Heisler reports former Clippers GM & coach Mike Dunleavy has "filed for arbitration, saying the team has cut off his salary." Dunleavy, who was fired in March as Clippers GM about a month after surrendering his coaching duties, was owed $1.35M for the "balance of this season" and $5.4M for next season, a total of $6.75M. Clippers attorney Robert Platt said, "We are in the process of mutually attempting to resolve any outstanding issues with Mr. Dunleavy. We're hopeful that we can reach a resolution in the near future" (L.A. TIMES, 4/21). A source indicated that Dunleavy, whose contract ran through the '10-11 NBA season, is owed nearly $12M, including "deferred money from the entire time he had been with the Clippers" (ESPNLOSANGELES.com, 4/20).

THE FANS WHO CRIED WOLFF: In N.Y., Mark Feinsand reports "several fans in the bleachers" at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum for last night's Yankees-A's game were "instructed by ballpark security to put away signs that were critical" of A's owner Lew Wolff. A's Dir of PR Bob Rose said that the team "has had a policy in place for more than 30 years banning any signs with negative personal messages." Rose noted that the policy "includes both A's personnel as well as their opponents." He said that fans are "more than welcome to bring any signs into the ballpark -- something many teams don't allow -- as long as they aren't in bad taste and aimed at a specific person." Feinsand notes A's fan Jorge Leon has "put together a group of fans to tote signs to the Coliseum this week to vent their frustration" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 4/21).

DROWNING IN DEBT: In London, Nick Szczepanik reports EPL club Portsmouth's debts have reached US$183M -- "far higher than the most pessimistic estimates" -- but club administrator Andrew Andronikou believes that the debt "will not scare off potential buyers." But Andronikou admitted the club is "no nearer to a buyer than we have been for the past two months" (LONDON TIMES, 4/21). EPL CEO Richard Scudamore has "ruled out a financial rescue" for Portsmouth, and said that the "troubles were entirely down to financial mismanagement at the club." Scudamore rejected the idea that the EPL "might throw Portsmouth a financial lifeline as 'absolutely crazy,' pointing out that the distribution of TV rights money already provided clubs" with at least US$46M per season (BBC.co.uk, 4/21).

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