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Published January 17, 2013
OWNERS MAKING AN APPEARANCE: In Liverpool, James Pearce reports Liverpool Managing Dir Ian Ayre “insists” Fenway Sports Group co-Chair John Henry “remains totally committed to taking Liverpool FC forward.” Henry “has yet to visit Anfield so far this season,” but Ayre said that Henry “remains heavily involved in the running of the club.” Ayre said, “John’s commitment to Liverpool isn’t about him being at games. It’s about him being involved and committed and being supportive. All that happens on a consistent basis.” FSG co-Chair Tom Werner is “set to attend” the Norwich City-Liverpool game on Saturday (LIVERPOOL ECHO, 1/17).
TARP PROGRAM: In DC, Steven Goff noted MLS DC United fans this year will see a "rise for single-game seats" from the '12 price range of $23-52 to a range of $26-55. For the second consecutive year, DC United "will not sell tickets in the upper deck of the 45,000-seat stadium, except for special events." To cover empty space in the upper deck, the club last year "proposed selling advertising tarps," but no corporate sponsorships "have been reached to enact such a plan" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/15).
SINKING SHIP? In Virginia, Tom Robinson reported the UFL Virginia Destroyers "owe a lot of people a lot of money." The "lion's share" is roughly $2M unpaid to coaches and players that played four games before the league's October announcement that it would cancel the season and resume play in the spring. But the team also has "left local fans searching in vain for refunds and local vendors for payment of bills." Destroyers President John Wuehrmann yesterday wrote in a text message the team's ownership is "still very engaged in finding a solution to fix the problem." Wuehrmann: "(I'm) confident that it will get cleaned up. Just not sure exactly when" (Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT, 1/16).