SBD/March 3, 2011/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Rangers insist they will give GM Jon Daniels a contract extension's T.R. Sullivan noted a contract extension for Rangers GM Jon Daniels "is still not done." Team President Nolan Ryan has said that it "will get worked out," and he "made it clear the club does not want to lose Daniels." But the GM's current deal "runs out after the season and an extension that has been talked about since Daniels was named 2010 Executive of the Year during the playoffs last season has not been completed." Ryan said, "It's getting worked out. I'm not going to tell you that it's going to get worked out this week, but it will get done. You get down here and one thing leads to another. We have a board meeting tomorrow and when you come to the ballpark, there is always something that needs to be addressed. But I have all the confidence in the world that it will get done" (, 3/2).

DOLLARS & SENSE: In Dallas, Mike Heika noted EXCO Resources Chair & CEO Doug Miller is a "fan first and foremost and he thinks like a fan, so that would definitely be a big part of his attempt to make the Stars a successful business if he is able to buy the team." But like "every other guy who is trying to buy the Stars, Miller has some issues with paying too much and with leaving enough money to run the team the way he wants to run it," and that is "what could make closing a deal with the lenders very difficult." Monarch Investments and the other lenders that own a piece of the Stars "showed in the sale of the Texas Rangers that they are extremely intelligent in the ways of making money" (, 3/2).

LANGUAGE OF LOVE: In Phoenix, Paul Coro reports the Suns "will wear their notorious 'Los Suns' jerseys again." As part of the NBA's annual Noche Latina marketing effort, the Suns will wear the "Los Suns" jerseys for a March 25 home game against the Hornets. That game at US Airways Center "will be one of 12 NBA games featuring clubs that wear uniforms with the team names as spoken by the Spanish-speaking fans and media" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 3/3).

STAYING CONNECTED: USA TODAY's Robert Klemko notes the Devils "took an unprecedented step in connecting with fans with the February launch of Mission Control, a high-tech hub for fans" at Prudential Center. The Devils said that "online fan participation has spiked by 7% on Twitter and 4% on Facebook since the initiative began two weeks ago" (USA TODAY, 3/3).
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