SBD/Issue 163/Franchises

Franchise Notes

In Columbus, Rob Oller notes the Indians rank "last in major-league attendance this season," drawing an average of 14,298 fans per game at Progressive Field. That figure includes a total of 33,067 for this week's series against the Blue Jays, thought to be the "smallest three-day attendance in stadium history." The Indians in the '90s sold out a then MLB-record 455 consecutive home games when they were "winning and the stadium was new." Oller: "Owner Larry Dolan should spend more to build a contender" (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/6).


YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND IN NEED: In Ft. Worth, Randy Galloway notes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig is "stretched out and maybe stressed out with many 'issues' in the game," yet despite that he is "honed in and pushing hard to put the Rangers on equal financial terms for the summer by making" the sale from Tom Hicks to Chuck Greenberg happen quickly. Selig has "muscled up in an attempt to save the summer for the local baseball team, which among the 30 clubs Selig oversees is bottom tier in the category of being relevant." He deserves applause for "plowing ahead and being a stand-up guy on the local front" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 5/6).

WRONG KIND OF ATTENTION: A Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW editorial states this week's Sports Illustrated cover featuring Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger with the headline "The Hangover" is "exactly the kind of publicity that the Pittsburgh Steelers rightly loathe." Roethlisberger's story is "sad and sordid," and the Steelers "must realize that the stain will not be removed until Ben Roethlisberger no longer wears the Black and Gold" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 5/6).

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