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Franchise Notes

In Philadelphia, Peter Mucha reports the Eagles a month after single-game tickets went on sale "still have tickets left for most of their regular-season home games." As of yesterday morning, only the Oct. 20 game against the Cowboys was "completely sold out." The Eagles in previous years "have sold out in a single day." The Eagles "declined to comment on possible reasons." The most "obvious suspect is last season's woeful 4-12 record, which led to" former coach Andy Reid's firing. Fans also are "uncertain about new head coach Chip Kelly, how he'll reshape the offense and defense, and who will be the eventual starting quarterback" (PHILLY.com, 6/10).

STRAIGHT SHOOTER: In N.Y., John Harper notes Mets GM Sandy Alderson in an interview with WFAN-AM's Mike Francesa was "more forthcoming about the plight of his ballclub than usual." Harper wrote, "Alderson went so far as to describe his reaction to the 20-inning debacle on Saturday as 'near-suicidal,' which made him sound more like a fan than a GM, but I doubt if it bought him much sympathy from the suffering masses." Alderson "gave it to Mets fans straight -- maybe a little too straight, if that’s possible: essentially he went around the diamond and said there’s barely a position player other than David Wright who can be counted on to help turn this team into a contender." It all "sounded rather odd" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 6/11).

SILENT TREATMENT: In Phoenix, Paul Giblin notes Glendale City Council members "maneuvered around the state’s Open Meeting Law last month when they met privately" with NHL execs and potential Coyotes buyers. There has been "little public discussion about the Coyotes since the new leaders took office five months ago." The "dearth of public discussion comes despite a council-set deadline in three weeks to have the matter settled" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/11).
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