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Raptors Unveil Two New Alternate Uniforms For '16-17, Giving Team Six Options

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 08 / 24 / 16

The Raptors yesterday unveiled a "pair of alternate uniforms" for the '16-17 NBA season, one being a "replica of the uniforms the Toronto Huskies wore during the NBA's inaugural season," according to Morgan Campbell of the TORONTO STAR. That uniform celebrates the squad's "70th anniversary...

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MLB Approves Sale Of Mariners

MLB owners "approved the sale of a controlling stake in the Mariners from Nintendo of America to a group of minority owners" led by Western Wireless Founder John Stanton and retired Microsoft Exec Chris Larson, according to Ronald Blum of the AP. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said that the deal "will ...

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Steinbrenner Had To Convince Himself To Be Seller

Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner yesterday said the club’s recent move to become sellers at the July trade deadline followed a period of personal resistance on his part. “It’s kind of been my DNA to not trade anybody at the trade deadline. If anything, normally we& ...

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Future Unclear For Minor League Detroit City FC

Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert and Pistons Owner Tom Gores are attempting to bring an MLS team to Detroit, and the question now becomes "what will happen" to Detroit City FC "if MLS shows up," according to Noah Trister of the AP. Detroit City, which plays in the National Premier Soccer League, this sea ...

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Franchise Notes

In New Orleans, Jeff Duncan notes the Saints "will return" to The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia for training camp -- if coach Sean Payton gets his way. The Saints' original three-year contract "ended after this season." Neither side "has said if negotiations for a new contract have been di ...

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Cavs' Success Allows For Higher Player Salaries

With LeBron James re-signing with the Cavaliers, the team for the '16-17 NBA season will be faced with a luxury-tax bill over $30M, but Owner Dan Gilbert "can afford it," as the franchise is "recouping its expenses via a packed arena, extended playoff runs, the league's top selling merchandise" ...

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Orioles' Machado Wants More Fans At Home Games

The Orioles are currently in position for a wildcard berth in the playoffs, but fan attendance is down over last year, and 3B Manny Machado yesterday said that he "wants more of them at Camden Yards," according to Jon Meoli of the Baltimore SUN. The Orioles rank 20th in MLB with an "averag ...

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White Sox' Reinsdorf Dispels Front-Office Rift

ESPN Radio 1000 Chicago host David Kaplan yesterday indicated that White Sox Exec VP Ken Williams and Senior VP & GM Rick Hahn were not on the same page, but team Chair Jerry Reinsdorf called in to "say all parties involved are 'in lockstep,'” according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the CHICAGO ...

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Blue Jays Restructure Ticket Pricing System

The Blue Jays yesterday announced that season-ticket prices "are rising" an average of 9% next year "for early-bird renewals as part of a wide-scale matrix restructuring," according to Shi Davidi of SPORTSNET.ca. The '17 home schedule "will be split into a new five-category pricing system ... replac ...

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Crisp Says A's Are Not Playing Him Due To Contract

A's CF Coco Crisp is "convinced that the team is deliberately not using him" to avoid having his $13M vesting option for '17 kick in, according to Susan Slusser of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Crisp "needs to play in 130 games this season for his option to vest." He has played in 93 of the A’s 119 game ...

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Cubs Fire DJ Over Inappropriate Song

The Cubs have fired the Wrigley Field DJ who "played an inappropriate song" Sunday night after Cubs P Aroldis Chapman left the mound in the ninth inning, according to Paul Sullivan of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. The DJ played a track titled "Smack My B---- Up," by the English band The Prodigy. Ch ...

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