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Franchise Notes

Melnyk's Estranged Wife Asks For Injunction To
Keep Him From Selling Assets, Including Senators

In Ottawa, Glen McGregor reports Lori Melnyk, the estranged wife of Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk, "has asked a Barbados court for an injunction to keep him from selling his assets, including the team and its arena, until a dispute over child support is settled," according to court documents in Barbados. There is "no indication in the court documents that Melnyk has any plans to sell any of his assets, including the Senators or their arena, nor has he ever spoken publicly about the sale of the team." It is "unknown what the outcome of Mrs. Melnyk's injunction in the Barbados was, or if it was heard" (OTTAWA CITIZEN, 12/1).

LOOKING FOR A BUYER: New York Times Co. President & CEO Janet Robinson yesterday said that the company is "talking with a variety of potential buyers for its stake in the Boston Red Sox and expects to turn a profit on the baseball team's sale." REUTERS' Ben Klayman noted the company "sold in April a small piece of its stake in New England Sports Ventures (NESV), the parent company of the Red Sox." At the time, it said that it "would explore the sale of its remaining 16.6 percent in whole or in parts." Robinson: "It continues to be for sale. We are continuing to talk to a variety of prospective buyers, large and small" (REUTERS, 11/30).

PUBLICITY STUNT: FANHOUSE.com's Scott Schroeder reported the Mavericks yesterday announced that they have assigned G Rodrigue Beaubois to their D-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. The move gives the Legends an "unprecedented seven former first round picks on their roster." But Beaubois "will not suit up for the Legends." Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban in e-mail said the move is for "marketing support." Schroeder wrote the move sends a "bad message from a league that already struggles to gain mainstream recognition." Schroeder: "For a league where scrutiny happens all too often, the Mavericks could've handled this without making the D-League look more like a gimmick than the league where players are just one small step away from the NBA" (FANHOUSE.com, 11/30).

FALLING STARS: In Dallas, Tim Cowlishaw reported Stars attendance is "down more than 2,000 fans per game" at American Airlines Center, and that is "just the paid numbers." The "empty seats all around the lower bowl are staggering." Stars management is "crippled by" Owner Tom Hicks' "financial mess." Also, former players such as C Mike Modano, G Marty Turco and RW Jere Lehtinen "are all gone." The Stars still play "exciting and -- for now -- very good hockey," as they are currently in second place in the Western Conference with a 14-8-1 record. But "when they miss the playoffs two straight years, except for the hockey diehards of which there just aren't enough, the Stars fall off the local interest meter" (DALLASNEWS.com, 11/30).

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