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Published March 20, 2014
THE NAME GAME: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Chris Herring reported the Knicks are "letting fans help pick the name" of their new NBA D-League team in Westchester. It appears the franchise has "already seriously considered a few names of its own." According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the D-League has "filed for ownership of five potential names: The New York Plainsmen, the New York Hutch, the New York 914s, the New York Empire, and the New York 'Bockers." The Knicks "weren't misleading fans about their involvement in the naming process." The name-submission form on the D-League team's website "has been clear: 'We have a few ideas, but we want to hear yours as well'" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 3/18).
NATIONAL TREASURE: In DC, Dan Steinberg wrote for Nationals' season-ticket holders, one of the "biggest incentives for renewing your seats this season was 'e-cash' bonuses, part of the team’s new electronic-everything approach for plan holders." Some ticket holders are "receiving thousands of dollars of bonus e-cash," and the "smallest amount anyone is receiving is $100." E-cash can be used "at any concession or retail location inside Nationals Park." There will be "e-cash-only lines, meant to ease congestion, in which fans will just need to swipe their card over a reader to pay for their items" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 3/19).