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Franchise Notes

In Chicago, Danny Ecker notes the White Sox will “offer discount tickets throughout the next three home stands” at U.S. Cellular Field. The move “comes as attendance continues to fall short of expectations for a red-hot team.” Thus far, “slashing ticket prices has been the only effective strategy, evidenced by the high attendance in a late July Twins series that featured ‘half-price Monday’ deals and other discounted tickets” (CHICAGOBUSINESS.com, 8/29).

TWIN BILLING: In Minneapolis, Jim Souhan notes while Twins interim GM Terry Ryan “stopped short of confirming that he will agree to owner Jim Pohlad's request that he trim the ‘interim’ tag from his title, he sounded determined to keep the job and turn the Twins into contenders.” Ryan also "insists that he, not the previous general manager, the manager or ownership, should take the blame” for the team’s 52-77 record. When asked if he feels a responsibility to get this organization back on its feet, Ryan said, "Absolutely. Totally. This is a team I believe in, and I'm at the helm” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/29).

WE'RE INDY MONEY: In Indianapolis, Mike Chappell reports there are “about 1,000 tickets left” for the Colts’ regular-season home opener Sept. 16 against the Vikings. Colts COO Pete Ward yesterday said, “We’re optimistic they’ll be sold.” The Colts have “sold out 113 of their past 114 regular-season and playoff games, including 79 in a row” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 8/29).

IN THE KNICK OF TIME: ESPN N.Y.’s Ian Begley reported the Knicks’ uniforms have “been tweaked,” and the new look will be unveiled at an event next Thursday. The changes include the “removal of black anywhere on the jersey; the removal of piping on the side of the jersey and shorts; the circle logo on the back being replaced by a traditional basketball logo; the addition of silver/gray piping on top of the jersey.” The Knicks "have not announced any specific changes to the new uniform” (ESPNNY.com, 8/28).
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