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Franchise Notes

In Sacramento, Sonya Sorich noted Sunday's Mavericks-Kings game will "include a variety of technology-driven components, such as a selfie contest using the hashtag #KingsSelfie, special items in the retail store and a drone that's expected to take the first-ever selfie of game attendees." The team also will "broadcast a global Google Hangout with fans and former players." Former NBAer Peja Stojaković will "serve as the game's 'tech ambassador,' wearing Google Glass and taking control of the Kings' Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/2).

SPYGATE REDUX? ESPNFC.com reported Liga MX club Toluca on Tuesday was fined $5,000 by CONCACAF for taping an MLS Earthquakes practice "before their second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals." The Earthquakes filed a complaint "alleging that Toluca filmed San Jose's training on March 18 at Estadio Nemesio Díez, the day before the match" (ESPNFC.com, 4/1).

STAY AWHILE: In Vancouver, Mike Beamish noted CFL B.C. Lions Owner David Braley is "in no hurry to show himself out the door." Braley said, "This is my 18th season (with the Lions). How long will I continue to own the team? It could be one, it could be eight, it could be 10 (years). I have no idea. As long as I'm in good health I see no pressure to sell. If somebody's got $100 million, then I might think about selling. Right now, the team is not for sale" (VANCOUVER SUN, 4/1).

LONG STOCKINGS: In Boston, Peter Abraham lists the "20 most important figures" in the Red Sox organization. His list includes GM Ben Cherington at No. 1, Owner John Henry and Chair Tom Werner at No. 3, President & CEO Larry Lucchino at No. 13, COO and FSG President Sam Kennedy at No. 17 and Dir of Sports Medicine Dan Dyrek at No. 20. Honorable mentions include Assistant GM Mike Hazen and investor Michael Gordon (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/3).
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