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SBD/June 4, 2014/Franchises
Published June 4, 2014
RAPID IMPROVEMENT: In Denver, Terry Frei noted attendance for Sunday's Dynamo-Rapids game "was 17,470, or slightly over official capacity" at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Rapids President Tim Hinchey said, "This is the kind of environment we're really striving for. This is the environment we want 17 times a year. I don't think we've quite tapped even the soccer fans yet. I don't think we're all the way through the youth clubs. There are 70,000 registered players in Colorado, so there's a great pond of fish we need to go after, and then we need to go after the general sports fan" (DENVER POST, 6/2).
ICING ON THE CAKE: In Phoenix, Caitlin McGlade reports Scottsdale-based PR firm Rose+Moser+Allyn Public & Online Relations has sued Coyotes Owner IceArizona, "arguing that the team stiffed them on nearly a quarter of a million dollars." IceArizona had hired the firm to "help the team defeat a referendum attempt" in '13 that could have "pushed the Coyotes out of Glendale." But the firm claims that IceArizona "reneged on the deal, which included the sponsoring of the Scottsdale Polo Championships for five years" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 6/4).