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In S.F., Bodley, Ravani & Rubenstein report Warriors co-Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber pledged to reimburse the city of Oakland "for the cost of staging" the team's championship parade and rally on Thursday. It was "not immediately known what the tab for that would run." Fans stood "20 deep" in some areas and overall "numbered in the hundreds of thousands, maybe a million, maybe more." BART said that its patronage for the day "was on pace to surpass the 548,000 riders it accommodated for the Warriors’ 2015 victory parade, but probably would not break the all-time record of 568,000 riders from the 2012 Giants’ World Series victory parade" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 6/16).

HOOK, LINE & SINKER: FAN RAG SPORTS' Jon Heyman cited sources as saying that at least one other viable prospective Marlins owner "has entered the picture," joining Derek Jeter and Tagg Romney. Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria reportedly has been asking $1.3B, and sources said that current regime continues to "insist they expect to get close to that asking price, though it’s possible there could be accommodations made considering some of the financial commitments, including player contracts" (FANRAGSPORTS.com, 6/15).

LEAVING ON A JET PLANE: The NFL Jets announced the creation of the Jets Boarding Pass, an all-new, 100% mobile pass allowing fans to attend every '17 home game and sit in a different seat each time. The Jets are the first NFL team to offer fans a season-long mobile subscription. The pass is sponsored by JetBlue, and holders will be notified of their seat location upon arrival to the stadium or within two hours of kickoff. Tickets are non-refundable, and up to six passes can be purchased together (Jets).

HARD ROCK THE VOTE: ESPN.com's James Walker noted the Dolphins are "aiming to have every player on their roster registered to vote in time for National Registration Day on Sept. 27." If they achieve their goal, Bill Wachtel and Martin Luther King III of the Drum Major Institute said that the Dolphins "would be the first team in professional sports history to do so." Wachtel said that the Dolphins "already are at" approximately 90%. The Dolphins' goal is to "influence other athletes and teams to register to vote" (ESPN.com, 6/15).
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