SBD/Issue 38/Franchises

Franchise Notes

A's Desire To Land In San Jose May Benefit
From Giants' World Series Win, Rising Popularity

In San Jose, Tracy Seipel notes it is unclear whether the Giants' increased popularity in the Bay Area "hurts or helps" the A's effort to relocate to San Jose, which is part of the Giants' territorial rights. The Giants' World Series title "has only cemented" the team's status as the "Bay Area's dominant" MLB team. As a result, Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist believes that the "claim that an A's move to San Jose would hurt the Giants' bottom line might be difficult to prove." Zimbalist said, "To the extent that the commissioner's office would be concerned about the Giants' financial well-being if the A's were allowed to move to San Jose, that concern would be allayed given the success the Giants have had" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/3).

TRIPLE-THREAT POSITION: In Dallas, Mike Heika wrote the Stars' low attendance to start the season is "probably a combination" of the economy, the team's ownership situation and the Rangers' run to the World Series. Heika: "You would guess that if the team had a new, solid owner then that would help fuel a certain amount of confidence in the future, but I think it would only go so far." The economy "still is recovering and October has always been a tough month because of high school, college and pro football." Mix in the "Rangers mania, and there is only so much attention left for the Stars" (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/2).

YOU CAN ALWAYS GO HOME AGAIN: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, when asked why the league would be open to returning a franchise to Winnipeg after allowing one to leave in '96, said, "The Canadian dollar being close to par as compared to what it was 15-20 years ago is ... very, very significant. And the fact that Winnipeg has a state-of-the-art arena facility that gives a potential owner an ability to generate premium revenue streams is also a major distinction between the market now and where it was in 1996." Daly said MTS Centre "can be an NHL building." He added, "It’s on the smaller side and I don’t think you could get much smaller and still qualify as an NHL building, but I clearly think it has the ability to generate revenue streams capable of supporting an NHL team in its current form" (WINNIPEG SUN, 11/3).

WE BUILT THIS CITI: In N.Y., Dan Martin notes the Mets yesterday announced the hiring of former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, the new GM's "first acquisition" in the front office since joining the Mets last week. Ricciardi, who had been working as an MLB analyst for ESPN, "turned down a standing offer" to join the Red Sox (N.Y. POST, 11/3). Alderson yesterday "cited amateur and pro scouting, player development, trades and free agency as areas in which Ricciardi would contribute" (N.Y. TIMES, 11/3).

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