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Franchise Notes

Josh Kroenke (l) Has Become More Involved
With Nuggets' Decisions In Recent Months

YAHOO SPORTS' Adrian Wojnarowski wrote Nuggets VP/Team Development Josh Kroenke has "undoubtedly emerged as a far more powerful voice in the franchise" this offseason. Kroenke this past weekend met with Nuggets F Carmelo Anthony about a new contract, and Kroenke's "burden is unmistakable now: As a 30-year-old on the cusp of taking over majority ownership of the Nuggets, he must sell the All-Star forward on staying the course with the Nuggets." The departure of VP/Basketball Operations Mark Warkentien earlier this month has "elevated Kroenke to a more prominent role in the Nuggets organization," and sources noted that he "made a springtime tour to meet several of the most prominent West Coast player agents" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 8/23).

TIME FOR A NEW GAME PLAN: Bobcats President & COO Fred Whitfield yesterday said that LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teaming with the Heat "could affect how the Charlotte Bobcats sell tickets to big games that have lost their star power." Whitfield contends that in the past, the Bobcats "could count on selling out both home games" against the Cavaliers and "at least one Toronto home game." But he said that the Bobcats "will now have to look at 'more creative' pricing and sales strategies to move tickets to those games." Whitfield also noted that the Bobcats "may not sell any single-game tickets to the Heat's two Charlotte games due to high demand" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 8/24).

GIVING YOU WINGS: In N.Y., Brian Lewis reported new MLS Red Bulls F Thierry Henry "isn't just helping lift the club on the pitch, but at the gate and the cash register, as well." The Red Bulls earned their "first sellout at Red Bull Arena" when they hosted the Galaxy on Aug. 14, and Henry has "even unseated Los Angeles' David Beckham as the top jersey-seller in MLS." Lewis noted Beckham had "held that post since his 2007 arrival, reportedly selling an absurd 300,000 jerseys in his first season with MLS" (NYPOST.com, 8/23).

BUCKING THE TREND: In Boston, Albert Breer notes while many NFL clubs with "high-profile restricted free agents in the fourth- and fifth-year category -- who would have been unrestricted prior to this season -- have held the new rules over such players’ heads, the Broncos have gone in the other direction." The Broncos "tendered five RFAs in March, and they have all been taken care of." Plenty of NFL teams "have taken advantage of rules restricting player movement this offseason," so it is "interesting to see one that didn't" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/22).



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