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BLOOMBERG NEWS' Scott Soshnick cited a source as saying that Baseball HOFer Tom Glavine is "part of a group" led by Boston-based investment firm Solamere Capital Managing Partner Tagg Romney attempting to buy the Marlins. Romney's bid "doesn’t include his father, Mitt" the former GOP presidential candidate. Other "final bidders for the team are groups that include" Quogue Capital Founder Wayne Rothbaum, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former MLBer Derek Jeter (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/20). 

BUSINESS IS GOOD
: Blue Jackets execs said that a "number of business metrics trended up" during the '16-17 season, the "best ever" for the 17-year-old franchise. Blue Jackets Senior VP & CRO Cameron Scholvin said that the team saw an 8% "bump in ticket sales." Blue Jackets Dir of Communications Karen Davis said that the team also "recorded 12 sell-outs during the regular season," which was "up from four in the prior season." Scholvin also said that '17-18 ticket sales are "going strong" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/20). 

A NEW HOPE
: MLL Chesapeake Bayhawks Owner & CEO Brendan Kelly "admits he's lost millions of dollars" since acquiring the franchise in '10, even though the Bayhawks "rank among the most successful franchises in terms of ticket sales and sponsorship support." But in Annapolis, Bill Wagner notes Kelly "remains as enthusiastic" about MLL as the day he "purchased a stake in the sport." Bayhawks President Mark Burdett said, "This league has unlimited potential. We just need to get all the owners and all the league officials on the same page strategically. I would term selection of the next commissioner as critical to the future of the league" (Annapolis CAPITAL GAZETTE, 4/21). 
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