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SBD/November 6, 2012/Franchises
Published November 6, 2012
PADDING THE WALLET: SPORTING NEWS’ Anthony Witrado wrote it is “almost a sure thing” that Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik will “have more money to play with than the nearly $82 million the payroll was set at to start 2012.” Estimates of just how much more money “have ranged from $25 million on the high end to about $16 million on the low end.” Either way, that is “a luxury Zduriencik has not been afforded since his first season, when the payroll was nearly $99 million.” This winter will be the “most important for the franchise in the last four years, and money won’t be a hindrance this time around” (SPORTINGNEWS.com, 11/5).
HOUSE KEEPING: In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette wrote Jaguars Owner Shahid Khan “has to start contemplating major changes” following the team's 1-7 start, and GM Gene Smith’s four-year “rebuilding project looks bleak as can be right now.” The Jaguars have been “outscored 126-34 in four home games.” Frenette: “The Jaguars have NEVER been this bad. Not during the 1995 expansion season, when Tom Coughlin's first team was 4-12 with only three blowout-type losses. Not during a 1-7 start in 2003, when Jack Del Rio's first team was more competitive and went 4-4 in the second half” (JACKSONVILLE.com, 11/4).
PACKAGE DEAL: In Miami, Barry Jackson reported the Dolphins “have sold hundreds of prorated season tickets since the season started and have managed to eclipse last year’s season-ticket sales count (42,584), which was its lowest since 1983.” If you buy a season ticket “to the final five games, you get the Titans game free” (MIAMIHERALD.com, 11/4).