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SBD/November 10, 2010/Franchises
Published November 10, 2010
In Ft. Worth, Gil LeBreton writes, "You want to get rid of Jerry Jones, the general manager? Stop going to his games. Don't buy any more Cowboys tickets until Jones agrees to hire -- and listen to -- a real football man. Don't buy any more Cowboys T-shirts. Don't buy any more gameday Party Passes. Don't rent any stadium suites. Don't buy any $14 Cowboyritas. Stop going to his games." LeBreton notes $29 end zone Party Passes are "still available" for $13.95 on StubHub for the Nov. 21 Lions-Cowboys game. LeBreton: "Lions vs. Cowboys. Some party. Don't go" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/10).
FAILED FORMULA: In San Jose, Tim Kawakami wrote 49ers President & CEO Jed York has "tried to shape the entire 49ers franchise into a West Coast version of Jones' Cowboys -- everything run through all-powerful top executives, even the football decisions." The model is "clearly Jones and the Cowboys." Kawakami: "The Yorks tried to do it Jerry's way for a few years. Now Jerry's way has failed even Jerry. What does Jed do now?" (MERCURYNEWS.com, 11/9).
SAME OLD STORY: In N.Y., Larry Brooks wondered how long Islanders Owner Charles Wang is "going to use The Lighthouse as an excuse to hold his franchise hostage." There is an "arena waiting for him in Queens the moment he wants it, an arena and short move that would immediately revitalize the franchise." Brooks: "The minute you hear Wang say Queens isn't Long Island is the minute you're hearing Walter O'Malley say Queens isn't Brooklyn" (N.Y. POST, 11/7).
KEEPING THE DREAM ALIVE: ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun reported former Nordiques Owner Marcel Aubut "remains very active in an attempt to bring an NHL team back to Quebec City, including the efforts of building a new rink, which is paramount." Aubut said Monday, "Everything is going well. Lots of things happening behind the scenes. I'm very positive about things" (ESPN.com, 11/8).