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Published October 19, 2010
ESPN.com's Adam Schefter cited NFL sources as indicating that Dolphins consultant Bill Parcells "is no longer taking part in the day-to-day decisions and activities of the team." Parcells, who last month stepped down as Exec VP/Football Operations, "has packed his bags and moved out of the Dolphins' offices." The team "knew this move was coming, but didn't realize Parcells' departure would happen so soon" (ESPN.com, 10/18). In Miami, Jeff Darlington cites sources as saying that Parcells "still will serve as a consultant, but his daily input is no longer." Darlington writes Parcells vacated his office in a "strange and untimely fashion" (MIAMI HERALD, 10/19).
WIN SOME, LOSE SOME: In Columbus, Jeff Bell reports the Blue Jackets have sold "about 8,000" season tickets for this season, down about 20% from 10,200 last season. Blue Jackets Exec VP/Business Operations Larry Hoepfner said that the drop is "due in part to Central Ohio's struggling economy and the Jackets' disappointing results last season." However, Hoepfner added that corporate sponsorship sales are "solid and should top last year's total by the end of the season." Tim Hortons, Big Lots and Labatt Brewing Co. "expanded their sponsorships, and the list of new corporate partners includes Roosters Wings, Bd's Mongolian Grill, Chrysler Jeep, Heineken and Scott Miracle-Gro." Bell notes the "expanded deal with Tim Hortons will be the most noticeable," as the company will "add two concession stands and a portable cart selling coffee and baked goods at Nationwide Arena" (BUSINESS FIRST OF COLUMBUS, 10/15 issue).
GETTING THEIR PHIL: In Philadelphia, Amy Rosenberg writes under the header, "Female Fans Turned On By Phils." The "serious female baseball fan has entered the mainstream" in the city. The "daily addiction of baseball fandom has caught on, especially with young women." That group mostly "grew up playing organized sports," and Phillies officials said that they have "taken to the team in a major way." Rosenberg notes part of the draw is "Citizens Bank Park itself," as Phillies officials said that the ballpark has "drawn increasing numbers of women since opening" in '04 (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 10/19).
SEARCH GOES ON: In N.Y., Dan Martin notes the Mets yesterday "received permission from the Blue Jays to interview" Special Assistant to the GM Dana Brown, the "first minority candidate the team will talk to in an attempt to replace" former GM Omar Minaya. MLB consultant Sandy Alderson Thursday "will be the first candidate to return to Citi Field for a second interview" (N.Y. POST, 10/19).