SBD/Issue 51/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Dodgers Owner Frank McCourt and his estranged wife, Jamie, Friday received a "settlement proposal from the mediator assigned to their divorce case, probably setting the stage for a ruling in the Dodgers' ownership battle." L.A. Superior Court Judge Peter Lichtman "is thought to have given each side until the end of the month to accept or reject his proposal." If the two sides reject the proposal, "as expected, then Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon would rule on whether to uphold a marital agreement that would give Frank McCourt sole ownership of the Dodgers" (L.A. TIMES, 11/20).

Wang Coming Under Fire As Islanders Are In
The Midst Of A 13-Game Winless Streak

STRANDED ON AN ISLAND: In N.Y., Larry Brooks wrote Islanders Owner Charles Wang, who "appears to grow more and more sour by the day, is dragging the great franchise through the mud." There is "no doubt Wang at one time was a savior, buying the club when no one else in his right mind would," but that was a "long time ago." Brooks: "Increasingly bitter because of the demise of the Lighthouse project, Wang now oversees a skeleton operation consumed with wiping out its perceived enemies. ... Wang once saved the village, all right, but that does not give him the right now to burn it down" (N.Y. POST, 11/21).

REWIND THE TAPE: In Edmonton, Paula Simons wrote under the header, "Oilers' Aggressive Lobbying On Arena Project Sets Wrong Tone." The Oilers last week called 350,000 households in the Edmonton area with a tape recording of team President & CEO Patrick LaForge "asking residents whether they favoured a downtown arena." Simons wrote the effort is a "problem" because it "was a power play, specifically designed to get the city's pulse racing -- even if the team's on-ice play hasn't had that effect, of late" (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 11/21).

ROOT FOR THE HOME TEAM? In Oakland, Dave Newhouse writes new Warriors co-Owners Peter Guber and Joe Lacob holding their "coming-out party" last week in S.F. was a "cruel, premeditated slap in the face" to Oakland fans. Newhouse: "Wow! Such class. That decision shows exactly how they feel about you, Oakland" (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 11/22). 

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