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Texas Seeking Basketball Coach To Spark Interest In Program

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 03 / 29 / 15

Univ. of Texas men's AD Steve Patterson  is tasked with making another key hire in the wake of the school's announcement that men's basketball coach Rick Barnes  "will not return after 17 seasons." Barnes, who made $2.55M this past season, "has a buyout" of $1.75M that "would have d...

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Steinbrenner Refutes Claims Of Yanks Being Cheap

In N.Y., Joel Sherman notes Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner yesterday "remained calm in listing facts that dispute" claims that the club has turned cheap. There is "the payroll and the money spent internationally," and there is the $100M-plus "spent on free agency this offseason, f ...

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Browns Unveil New Logos

The Browns yesterday "debuted a new primary logo that looks much like the old one -- the team's iconic helmet only with a brighter, richer shade of orange and a brown facemask," according to a front-page piece by Tom Reed of the Cleveland PLAIN DEA ...

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Garnett's Return To T'Wolves Sparks Sales

T'Wolves Senior VP & Chief Revenue Officer Ryan Tanke said that once fans "began hearing speculation that Kevin Garnett would be returning" to the franchise, they "snapped up several thousand tickets to upcoming games at Target Center," according to Rachel Blount of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. ...

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Franchise Notes

In Nashville, Jim Wyatt noted Titans President & CEO Tommy Smith in a letter to season-ticket holders "thanked fans for their support over the years and promised better things to come." Smith vowed to "continue to build a winning team" on the heels of a 2-14 season. Smith also discussed plans fo ...

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Henry Clarifies Lucchino Running Baseball Ops

Red Sox Owner John Henry yesterday characterized the notion of a power struggle between team President & CEO Larry Lucchino and limited partner Mike Gordon as "ridiculous," according to Alex Speier of the BOSTON GLOBE. Henry: "Nothing could be further from the truth." He added that there "is 'no ...

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Ravens' Bisciotti Optimistic Despite Tough '14

Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti yesterday said that a "barrage of off-the-field incidents last year weighed on the team's reputation, but the overall relationship with fans remains strong," according to Ryan Sharrow of the BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Bisciotti, speaking at his annual "State of the Rave ...

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Triple-A PawSox Sell For More Than $20M

The Red Sox’ Triple-A Int’l League affiliate in Pawtucket, R.I., “ was sold Friday to a 10-member ownership group at a cost of more than” $20M, according to sources cited in a front-page piece by Alex Speier of the BOSTON GLOBE. The new ownership group in a release said ...

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Suns Rank Second In New Ticket Sales

Suns President Jason Rowley said that the franchise "ranked second in the NBA at the All-Star break for new full-time season ticket equivalent sales this season," according to Paul Coro of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. Only the Hawks have "sold more" than the Suns, who have already renewed 78% of "their sea ...

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Capitals Draw Ire With Seat Conversions

A change in Capitals season-ticket rates has "moved per-game prices for at least some season ticket holders from $95 to $235," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Steinberg wrote under the header, "Some Caps Fans Furious Over 150 Percent Increase In Season-Ticket Prices." Between 300 ...

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Vegas NHL Team Nears 7,000 Deposits

After "exploding out of the box with about 5,000 season ticket deposits in the first 36 hours two weeks ago, the ownership group" seeking an NHL team for Las Vegas "reported Monday that the number has reached 6,950," according to Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. The goal of the ticket driv ...

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