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SBD/March 7, 2013/Franchises
Published March 7, 2013
FROM PARIS WITH LOVE: In N.Y., Sam Borden notes Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain "suddenly has a credit card with no limit." When Qatar Sports Investment took the club over in '11, cash flow "rocketed the bankroll into a dimension previously unseen in the more modest surroundings of the French league." The club since '11 "has spent more" than $325M on players. While outsiders might "assume that Parisians are soccer fanatics because France is in Europe and Europeans, generally, love soccer, the dots have never connected; PSG is actually the second-most popular team in France." By focusing on its standing abroad, the club is "seeking ... to bypass the local fan." The team has even "changed its logo," which was "symbolic, in many ways, of the larger separation between Paris’s team and Parisians" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/7).
HIGH BILLS EQUAL NO BILLS: The ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE reported a film studio was planning to make a movie about the Bills, and "lights, cameras and actors were all set to descend on" Ralph Wilson Stadium, but "not anymore." The movie, entitled "Draft Day," now will "be shot in Cleveland and be based on the Browns." The Buffalo Niagara Film Commission said that the change "comes down to money." Film studio Lionsgate said that it "wants to go somewhere more affordable than Buffalo." No announcement has been made on how much Lionsgate will be "saving by going to Cleveland" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 3/6).
REELIN' EM IN: In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis wrote in an indication of the "difficulty the Marlins are having attracting fans for their second season at Marlins Park, they are offering a free ticket to any game in April or May with the purchase of one to the home opener April 8 against the Braves" (SUN-SENTINEL.com, 3/6).