SBD/Issue 156/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Jets Say Upper Deck At New
Meadowlands Stadium Is Sold Out

In Newark, Jenny Vrentas notes the Jets are "not giving specific numbers," but said that the upper deck at New Meadowlands Stadium is "sold out and sales in general picked up during this past season's playoffs push." The Jets said that they "reduced the PSL's of 6,000 seats near the goal line earlier this year, from $10,000 to $7,500, but don't anticipate any further changes." Ticket holders said that they have "received e-mails from the Jets as recently as last week offering a $250 parking or food voucher for referring a buyer." Meanwhile, a Giants spokesperson said that the team has "about 1,500 club seats left to sell" at the stadium (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 4/27).

BEEHIVE OF ACTIVITY: In New Orleans, Jimmy Smith cited a source as saying that talks between Hornets Owner George Shinn and Minority Owner Gary Chouest “aimed at a Chouest purchase of the club are continuing,” and “look more favorable than they did on Friday when sources indicated negotiations were at an impasse.” There do not seem to be any other possible buyers interested in the team in New Orleans, “an indication that Friday’s news may have been nothing more than posturing from one side or another” (, 4/26).

WHAT'S THE HOLD UP?'s Jon Heyman reported there is "still said to be up to a $50[M] difference between Tom Hicks and Chuck Greenberg in the negotiations to sell" the MLB Rangers, and "folks are getting more pessimistic about it" (, 4/26).'s Buster Olney wrote Hicks "hasn't exactly warmed the hearts of folks in" MLB. The "perception within baseball is that he keeps creating impediments in front of the impending sale of the team because he wants more money." The sale of the team to Greenberg "has become complicated" due to funding, and MLB owners "will probably have to throw in more money" to complete the sale (, 4/25).

LEADER OF THE PACK: In Houston, Richard Justice wrote the Astros "have made a dramatic turn around," from 0-8 to 8-10, and "leadership has been a big part of it." Astros Owner Drayton McLane is "at his best when times are tough." Justice: "He believes that's when strong leadership is vital. He may be dying on the inside, but on the outside he's the same as ever" (, 4/26).

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