SBD/January 25, 2011/Franchises

Franchise Notes

The Bills yesterday promoted VP/Strategic Planning Mary Owen to Exec VP/Strategic Planning, moving her "behind only" Owner Ralph Wilson, CEO Russ Brandon and Treasurer Jeff Littmann "on the business side of the team's organizational chart." Owen, who is Wilson's niece, "started her career with the Bills as an intern in 1997 and joined the front office full time" in '00. She has played a "key role in the Bills Toronto Series since its inception" and serves as the team's Managing Dir for the partnership with Rogers Communications (BUFFALO NEWS, 1/25).
Guber stresses the need for Warriors to improve
the fan experience at games
: Warriors co-Owner Peter Guber recently appeared on Fox Business to discuss what his new ownership group has done since buying the team in July. He said, "We've been there about 20 seconds, so we're still finding our seats. ... But the reality is I have a lot of experience in location-based entertainment and ... you have to provide great fan experience. Some of these teams do and some of these teams do it both as a competitive team on the floor and some of them also do with fan experience." Guber added, "Remember, customer acquisition is the business these folks are in" ("America's Nightly Scorecard," Fox Business, 1/21). Meanwhile, CSN Bay Area's Matt Steinmetz said Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob "wants to make something happen by the trade deadline," which is "quite a difference from previous ownership" ("Chronicle Live," CSN Bay Area, 1/21).

STAYING ACTIVE:'s Mark Sheldon noted the Reds reportedly have signed P Johnny Cueto to a new four-year, $27M contract, which would "mean that the Reds have committed a combined $151 million this winter toward contracts" for four players: Cueto, P Bronson Arroyo, RF Jay Bruce and 1B Joey Votto. The ownership activity "signals to the league and Reds fans that the small-market club, and defending National League Central champions, is trying to keep its window of competitive opportunity open for as long as possible" (, 1/24).

SHARING IS CARING: In Atlanta, Carroll Rogers reported the Braves have "launched a new online service to help both current and prospective season ticket holders share and distribute their tickets." Available at, it is a "tool that allows prospective season tickets holders to find partners to share tickets with by browsing other accounts for seat locations, price and dates that appeal to them" (, 1/24).
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