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SBD/June 4, 2013/Franchises
Published June 4, 2013
FALLING INTO A BLACK HOLE: In Sacramento, Victor Contreras writes former Raiders Media Relations Dir Zak Gilbert was "a godsend to the media covering the Raiders." Unlike in late Owner Al Davis' era, Gilbert and his staff "kept the media updated on team transactions, practice schedules, availability of players and coaches, and upcoming team events." Gilbert did "his best to represent the Raiders positively while helping the media do their job" (SACBEE.com, 6/4). SI's Peter King said, "The firing of the PR guy is symptomatic of bigger problems in which these are the same old Raiders" ("SI Now," SI.com, 6/3). In San Diego, Tom Krasovic wrote under the header, "Firing Shows Raiders Still Paranoid, Kooky" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 6/3).
A TOUGH CASE TO CRACK: SI.com's Tom Dart wrote it is "hard to construct a sporting, business or marketing case for the continued existence of" MLS club Chivas USA. The stands at Home Depot Center on Saturday night "were sparsely populated" for a game against the Sounders. The venue "is typically two-thirds empty -- at best -- when Chivas plays." The Goats are the "runts of the MLS litter and it is hard to imagine that rival owners in the bigger U.S. leagues would tolerate the continued existence of such weakening" (SI.com, 6/2).