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Franchise Notes

Twins' Successful Debut Season At Target Field
Resulting In 94% Season Ticket Renewals

In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman reported Twins season tickets for the '11 season are "at 94 percent renewal, and it's a cinch they will reach 25,000 for a second consecutive season." Also, "more than 2,000 people have made deposits to join the 'On Deck Circle,' the Twins season ticket waiting list" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/14).

SWIMMING ALONG: In Ft. Lauderdale, Sarah Talalay reported the Dolphins Thursday became the latest NFL team to "approve decertifying the union." Dolphins players voted unanimously in support of decertification. An NFLPA spokesperson said that the Dolphins also re-elected RB Ricky Williams "as their players union representative" and voted QB Chad Pennington, WR Brandon Marshall and LS John Denney as alternates (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 11/13).

TRIPLE THREAT: Conference Board of Canada Centre for Municipal Studies Dir Mario Lefebvre said that "three Canadian cities meet the criteria to support an NHL franchise and would likely succeed in the era of salary caps and a stronger loonie." Lefebvre said that Quebec City, Hamilton and Winnipeg "have 'the four pillars' needed for a community to bolster a professional hockey team: a sizable fan base; a wealthy fan base; a sound corporate presence to offer support; and a level playing field, especially economically." NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly in an e-mail said that "'one or more Canadian cities' are a 'viable alternative' for an NHL franchise on the heels of a stronger loonie" (NATIONAL POST, 11/13).

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