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SBD/January 10, 2012/Franchises
Published January 10, 2012
FRONT-OFFICE SHUFFLE: In Chicago, Ed Sherman noted Bulls President & COO Michael Reinsdorf last week "re-organized the front office," and he said that he "anticipated questions wondering if the new set-up diminished" Exec VP/Business Operations Steve Schanwald's role in the front office. Reinsdorf "insisted that wasn't the case," and said that Schanwald will "continue to oversee the revenue side of the business while allowing somebody else to concentrate on the communications side." He said that the model is "similar to the one used by the White Sox." Meanwhile, Reinsdorf said, "I want to focus not on just the people coming to games, but also the rest of the community who are watching the games on TV, going to our website, Facebook. We want to cater to their needs, too. It may not equate to revenue today, but when that 10-year-old grows up to be a Bulls fans, he's going to buy tickets, merchandise in 10 years when he turns 20." (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 1/9).
HOT POTATO: In Dallas, Gerry Fraley noted the Stars "reached an agreement to open training camp next September in Boise, Idaho." While in Boise, the Stars will play an exhibition against Wild on Sept. 25. The Stars will "become the first NHL team to conduct part of training camp in Idaho." The deal "helps strengthen the working agreement" with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads (DALLASNEWS.com, 1/7).
BACK TO BLACK? In Detroit, Bill Shea noted the Lions' 10-6 season and return to the playoffs for the first time since '99 gives the team "an opportunity to increase ticket and other prices, such as merchandise, concessions, parking, local broadcast rights for preseason games and corporate sponsorship and suite sales." The Lions "haven't said they'll do any of that -- yet," but "don't be surprised if it happens." For the '10 season, the Lions "posted an NFL-worst $7.7 million operating income loss on revenue of $228 million." If those estimates are accurate, the Lions will be "very interested in capitalizing on renewed fan interest to get into the black" (CRAINSDETROIT.com, 1/9).