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10/30/14
Hornets Make Debut After Rebrand

The Hornets' home-opener last night against the Bucks served as the first official game since the team's rebranding, and the organization "pulled out all the marketing stops in front of a sellout crowd of 19,439" at Time Warner Cable Arena, according to Scott Fowler of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. The Ho ...

Tags: Franchises, Charlotte Hornets, NBA

10/30/14
Blazers' Dynamic Pricing Highly Variable

The cost of attending a Trail Blazers game is "so variable ... that you can't get a straight answer" from team officials on the best value for fans "on a budget," according to Mike Francis of the Portland OREGONIAN. The team, which last year implemented a modified version of dynamic pricing , "has ...

Tags: Franchises, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA

10/30/14
49ers Go To Mobile Ticketing As Main Delivery Method

The 49ers plan to use mobile ticketing as the primary delivery method of season tickets next year at Levi’s Stadium after seeing heavy adoption of the technology this season, according to team COO Al Guido. For the '15 season, fans can still use the print-at-home feature but the team will no ...

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Franchises

10/30/14
MLB Franchise Notes

The Brewers yesterday announced that they are offering a limited-edition, $1,000 timeless ticket that guarantees access to one future Brewers home game, including those in the postseason. The brass tickets, of which only 1,000 will be produced, will have a personalized engraving of the owner's name. ...

Tags: Franchises, MLB

10/29/14
Chiefs To Honor American Indian Heritage Month

The Chiefs and American Indian Community Working Group, in association with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains, are "celebrating November as American Indian Heritage Month," according to Randy Covitz of the K.C. STAR. The Chiefs have "been under pressure by some organizations to change t ...

Tags: Franchises, NFL, Kansas City Chiefs

10/29/14
Sacramento Owners Make Expansion Pitch At MLS HQ

Three owners of USL Pro club Sacramento Republic FC plus city Mayor Kevin Johnson yesterday gave MLS Commissioner Don Garber the "latest updates on the club’s growing roster of investors and plans for a new stadium" during a two-hour-plus meeting at MLS HQ in N.Y., according to Dale Kasler of ...

Tags: Franchises, MLS

10/29/14
NHL Panthers Hire Dir Of Analytics

The NHL Panthers named former West Point sports statistics professor Brian Macdonald Dir of Hockey Analytics, marking the latest in a "rash of hirings this season of academicians" in the league, according to Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. The hiring has "brought the new world of a ...

Tags: Franchises, Florida Panthers, NHL

10/28/14
MLS Officially Shutters Chivas USA

MLS yesterday "folded the troubled Chivas USA franchise after 10 mostly forgettable seasons," according to Kevin Baxter of the L.A. TIMES. Team employees were "called in to a meeting Monday morning and told the franchise, which has been owned and operated by the league since February, was ceasing op ...

Tags: Franchises, Chivas USA, MLS

10/28/14
Hamm, Neely Added To Roma BOD

National Soccer HOFer Mia Hamm and Bruins President Cam Neely yesterday were among a handful of Americans "nominated by Roma shareholders" to the Serie A club’s BOD, according to Kyle Bonn of NBCSPORTS.com. A report from an Italian site noted Hamm will be "placed in charge of the Roma academie ...

Tags: Franchises, Soccer

10/28/14
Hawks Disband Board Of Ambassadors

In Atlanta, Maria Saporta reports the Hawks' front office has “disbanded its ‘board of ambassadors’ -- a one-year-old coalition of business and civic leaders aimed at generating community support” for the team. The group -- which “included about three dozen leaders from ...

Tags: NBA Season Preview, Franchises

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