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Titans President & CEO Tommy Smith on Sunday said that the Titans "remain committed to Nashville over the long haul." Smith said, "This franchise is Nashville's franchise. We're here for Nashville and the Midsouth. The entire family feels this way." In Nashville, David Climer reported Smith also "expressed confidence in the franchise’s top executives," Exec VP & GM Ruston Webster and Exec VP/Administration & Facilities Don MacLachlan (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 11/11).

TOO MUCH ROOM? In Pittsburgh, Alan Robinson asked with the Steelers "possibly staring at their first extended on-field slump since the 1990s, are they misjudging their fans' loyalty by pushing for a 3,000-seat expansion they hope will be completed by as early as 2014?" Steelers' attendance this season -- "not the tickets sold -- has dropped to an average of 61,818 (95.1 percent of capacity), which is down nearly 1,600 per game from 63,485" in '09. However, Steelers tickets despite the team's 10-14 record over the past two seasons "remain in strong demand" (PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 11/10).

NEVER FORGETTING: In Green Bay, Scott Cooper reports Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker yesterday marked Veterans Day by "visiting Lambeau Field and presenting the Packers with a plaque recognizing the team’s frequent efforts on behalf of veterans." Walker and other state officials "applauded the Packers for player visits to veterans hospitals, for on-field tributes during home games and for other special events." Walker said, "There is a rich tradition. This Green Bay Packers organization really puts their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting the veterans" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 11/12).

MILITARY TRIBUTE: The AP reported the Mets next season "will wear camouflage jerseys for five home games" as part of a "Military Monday" event that will "include free tickets for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen." The Mets have "worked with the Wounded Warrior Project in recent years," and team co-Owner Fred Wilpon "helped create the Welcome Back Veterans program that provides treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder" (AP, 11/11).
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