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SBD/November 16, 2012/Franchises
Published November 16, 2012
A CURSE ON THIS QUESTION: The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS notes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig “reacted with a profanity Thursday when asked for an update on the A's bid to build a ballpark in San Jose.” A reporter said that he was “obliged to ask about the A's ongoing battle with the Giants over territorial rights in the South Bay.” Selig “somewhat playfully” responded, "Yeah, I'd feel very badly if you didn't ask it. You aren't going to get a (expletive) answer." Selig “knows he can't answer the question, because the owners who will decide this issue one way or another haven't coalesced to provide him one.” The issue is “still no further along than it has been, and it won't be until the A's either put a shovel in the ground, the Giants threaten lawyers, or the other 28 owners decide this is an issue worthy of their care” (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/16).
KEEPING PACE: In Indianapolis, Anthony Schoettle wrote a “little of the momentum” for Pacers games with local fans “gained during last season’s playoff run has been lost.” Bankers Life Fieldhouse was “packed with 18,165 fans for the Saturday night home opener against Sacramento Nov. 3, but then only 12,036 fans showed for the second game against Washington a week later.” A Saturday night game with the Fieldhouse “a third empty has to concern Pacers executives.” Schoettle: “In fairness, the Pacers’ first three home opponents haven’t exactly been big draws with mega stars. But Pacers officials have to hope more fans will start coming” (IBJ.com, 11/15).
SUNDAY FUNDAY: In Chicago, Daryl Van Schouwen noted the White Sox announced a “Family Sundays” fan experience for next season “for all 13 Sunday home games featuring seats as low as $5 and parking for $10.” Bleacher, Outfield Reserved, Lower Corner and Premium Upper Box seats “will be available for $15, Upper Box and Upper Reserved Seats can be had for $10, and Upper Corner tickets will cost $5 on Sundays.” Parking at U.S. Cellular Field lots on Sundays “will be available for $10” (SUNTIMES.com, 11/15).