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Published August 30, 2011
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING: In Pittsburgh, Ed Bouchette reported the Steelers promoted Dir of Football Operations Kevin Colbert to GM, making him "the first to hold that title in Steelers history." Colbert had held his previous title since the team hired him in '00. Bouchette noted the Steelers have had three presidents, player personnel directors and directors of football operations, "but never a general manager." The new title "was merely slipped into their 2011 media guide, which is available only in digital version at the moment on the team's website." There is "no elaboration as to the promotion, merely a title change for Colbert and a line in his biography that he is in 'his first year as the team's general manager'" (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 8/29).
BLACK & TEAL: An editorial in this week's JACKSONVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL notes the "disappointing news that the Jaguars are in danger of falling back into the TV blackout abyss this season." Season ticket sales last week "were about 15,000 short of the level needed to avoid a TV blackout for the opening game of the season on Sept. 11" against the Titans. The Jaguars avoided TV blackouts for home games last season when "a volunteer effort led by Team Teal made tremendous progress drumming up ticket sales." The editorial notes the Jaguars' front office is "now worried that if the opening game is blacked out, it could dampen ticket sales for the rest of the season" (JACKSONVILLE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/26 issue).