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Published June 25, 2013
HALL PASS: FOXSPORTS.com's Jon Paul Morosi writes D'Backs President & CEO Derrick Hall "understands a lot about the present realities and future possibilities” of MLB. Hall is a “major reason” the D’Backs are “competitive on the field despite ranking 11th among the 15 NL franchises in average attendance, while playing in a market that Hall said has the lowest per capita income of any in the major leagues.” Morosi: “If you didn’t know Hall’s name before, you would be wise to learn it now. Hall is set up to be a central leadership figure in the game for decades to come.” Hall has become MLB’s “happy diplomat, not merely talking about the nationalities represented within his organization but actually traveling to those countries.” His visit to the Dominican Republic this month “was front-page news in the country” (FOXSPORTS.com, 6/25).
SNEAK PEEK: In San Jose, Lauren Hepler notes the MLS Earthquakes debuted a “mobile sales trailer equipped with 3-D technology to help fans visualize” the team’s under-construction stadium. Earthquakes President Dave Kaval said that the team “has sold ‘hundreds’ of season tickets in the first few weeks of the new sales approach, and is taking requests from companies or fans who want to see the Quakes at their office.” He said that the team is “focusing on companies with a large pool of younger ‘Gen Y’ workers” (SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL, 6/21 issue).