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SBD/May 14, 2013/Franchises
Published May 14, 2013
THE WAITING GAME: SPORTSNET.ca’s Michael Grange noted Raptors President & GM Bryan Colangelo has been “waiting for nearly a week to learn if he was convincing enough in his presentation to MLSE ownership and incoming president and CEO Tim Leiweke to at least have the option year on his contract picked up.” But Leiweke is “prepared to wait a little longer to make a decision.” That timeline “may not suit Colangelo and there is some suggestion that he may take action preemptively and offer his resignation in the coming days.” Sources said that Colangelo “may be growing frustrated waiting for a decision to be ... made, with the longer it drags on serving as evidence to him that he is not Leiweke’s first choice to run the basketball operations going forward” (SPORTSNET.ca, 5/13).
WELCOME BACK: In Jacksonville, Ryan O’Halloran reports each Jaguars player “had two new items in their lockers upon arriving" at EverBank Field on Monday morning for the start of organized team activity workouts: "A helmet and an iPad.” The helmet is “matte black on the front and gold on the back.” LB Russell Allen said, “It was a little weird today seeing some gold flash by, but I’m getting used to it. It’s going to look really sharp.” Additionally, an iPad was “assigned to each player and includes the Jaguars’ playbook and daily schedule and can be updated remotely” (FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, 5/14).
UNDER THE DOME: In Atlanta, Tim Tucker examined the Falcons' “tally of the tickets scanned by bar-code readers" at the 71,000-seat Georgia Dome for each game over the past five seasons. The figures “represent the actual attendance (not including staff and media) as opposed to the announced attendance (which includes all tickets sold or distributed, whether used or not).” Georgia Dome figures show the Falcons last season had a regular-season average of 62,782 per game, with two playoff games averaging 66,420. Panthers-Falcons was the only game last season in which attendance "dipped below 60,000.” The Falcons’ average actual attendance for regular-season and postseason games over the past five seasons “was 60,500,” and the ‘12 was “the best" (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 5/12).