Sources: Chargers Expected To Move To L.A. In '17 Yanks Set To Benefit From New MLB CBA Losing Revenue Sharing Could Cut A's Payroll More 'Canes Allowed To Withhold Some Financial Figures TFC Becoming MLS' Premier Franchise? Rockets Hire E-Sports Front Office Exec Orioles To Keep Season-Ticket Prices Flat Blackhawks Reward Fans For Watching At Bars A's Ballpark Talks To Pick Up Pace With New CBA? 76ers Postpone Game Due To Moisture On Court
SBD/February 17, 2012/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Johnson Confident Sacramento Will Keep Kings
Published February 17, 2012
BUILDING EARLY BUZZ: In Milwaukee, Don Walker noted although the Knicks will not visit the Bucks until March 9, Bucks VP/Business Operations John Steinmiller said that there has been a "boomlet in ticket sales for the game over the past couple of days" in part due to the emergence of Knicks G Jeremy Lin. Steinmiller said that a "couple of hundred tickets were sold." He added that it was "a little unusual for a ticket spike like that for a game a few weeks away" (JSONLINE.com, 2/16).
BEHIND ENEMY LINES: In Toronto, Steve Buffery wrote under the header, "Quit Cheering The Enemy." Buffery: "If I’m Jose Calderon and the Toronto Raptors, I’m not at all happy with the excessive cheering for Jeremy Lin at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night." It is a "shame that Toronto fans, while loyal and enthusiastic, are so fluffy." Buffery wrote, "Do you think those Lin supporters would get away with their sis-boom-bah act in places like Philadelphia? No one wants violence at a basketball game, but, frankly, there has to be some sort of intimidation factor in your home barn" (TORONTO SUN, 2/15). Tuesday was Asian Heritage Night, and Lin said, “Half the crowd would go crazy when we scored, the other half would go crazy when they scored” ("Boomer & Carton," WFAN-AM, 2/16).
TWITTER ME THIS: In S.F., Rusty Simmons notes about 500 fans got to hear Warriors G Stephen Curry's "direct responses" to questions after Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers as part of the team's "Tweetup Night." Participating fans received an "exclusive Q&A session, a Twitter-inspired T-shirt and designated tickets to the game." The event was the Warriors' "latest promotion using Twitter to engage fans and reward followers with exclusive opportunities" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/17).