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SBD/April 24, 2012/Franchises
Published April 24, 2012
STAYING PUT: In DC, Michael Lee cites sources as saying that Wizards Owner Ted Leonsis and President Ernie Grunfeld have “tentatively agreed to a deal that is believed to be for more than one year” and keeps Grunfeld with the team contractually until at least the end of the ’13-14 season. Although Grunfeld has been “overseeing the worst four-year stretch, winning percentage wise,” in team history, sources said that Leonsis weighed Grunfeld’s “ability to accrue draft picks and salary-cap space” in his decision. Grunfeld, whose deal was set to expire after the season, “has been the Wizards' chief decision-maker” since late owner Abe Pollin hired him in June ’03 (WASHINGTON POST, 4/24).
HOT SEATS: In S.F., Scott Ostler wrote based on e-mails he has recieved, there are a "lot of fans with beefs” about the 49ers' deal for a new stadium in Santa Clara. The “overwhelming message” is that "it’s not so much the geography of the move that rankles, it’s the perceived level of over pricing and under-respecting.” Many fans would be happy with a new stadium with “less marble, crystal and leather” than the one planned. A common "complaint is that seniority is not considered in allocating locations” in the new stadium (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/23).