SBD/June 4, 2014/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Texans President Jamey Rootes said that with the '14 regular season three months away, the "pillars of his world -- ticket sales, sponsorships, TV and radio broadcasts -- have never been stronger." Rootes said that the Texans "have a season-ticket base of more than 67,000 and a waiting list of more than 27,000 for the 71,054-seat capacity NRG Stadium." A home sellout streak "has reached 122 combined pre-, regular and postseason games." Even after going 2-14 last year and with "just three winning seasons in 12 years, the Texans can't be touched." Rootes: "It's really as if last year never happened" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/4).

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).
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