SBD/March 6, 2013/Franchises

Franchise Notes

T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor on Monday said there is "nothing to" speculation that former coach Flip Saunders could replace team President of Basketball Operations David Kahn. Taylor said, "I haven't talked to anybody about it. It came out of nowhere." Taylor said of a recent meeting with Saunders about a potential ownership stake, "His thought was to introduce me to some guys who might be interested. Of course I met with him. He was working with some guys who are in basketball. That never materialized" (TWINCITIES.com, 3/5).

PUTTING A CAP ON IT? The Capitals yesterday sent e-mails to season-ticket holders "notifying them that prices will not increase" for the '13-14 season at Verizon Center. The Capitals "had raised the price of most season tickets for five straight years," and last year "raised most season ticket prices by what they said was an average of 8 percent." The team this season "has struggled to stay out of last place in the Eastern Conference" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/5).

THE NASHVILLE SCENE: In Nashville, David Climer writes it is "high time for whoever's in charge at Titans Central to explain to the PSL-holding, ticket-buying fans what's going on." Owner Bud Adams, who is "parked deep in the heart of Texas, isn't taking ownership." And "nobody on [the] premises has the authority to speak up." The franchise is "a rudderless ship, with no port in sight." Thus, the Titans are "losing the connection with their most important asset: a city that has embraced them and supported them." The Titans need "a lot of things ... but the biggest one is a person who can pull all those parts together into a cohesive unit while also connecting with the public" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 3/6).

BUZZ POWER: In Charlotte, Rick Bonnell noted the "campaign to reclaim the Hornets name for Charlotte's NBA team has a handful of TV advertisements aimed at urging" the city of Charlotte and Bobcats Owner Michael Jordan to "change the name back." The ad is the spawn of Charlotte-based groups "Bring Back the Buzz" and "We Beelieve," which started as a "grassroots campaign on social media sites." The ads, sponsored by family-owned Charlotte business Blackhawk Hardware, were "uploaded to YouTube a few weeks ago." The two groups are the "two flag-bearers of the name-change movement, and the Hornets2013.com site listed on the advertisements has links to both sites" (CHARLOTTEOBSERVER.com, 3/4).
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