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Bucks' New Owners Committ To Adding Local Investors To Group

04 / 18 / 14

Speculation about investors "with Wisconsin ties" buying into the Bucks "may still come true despite Herb Kohl’s plan to sell the team " for $550M to N.Y.-based Fortress Investment Group co-Founder Wesley Edens and Avenue Capital Group Chair & CEO Marc Lasry, according to Rich Kirchen of ...

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04/16/14
NBA Franchise Notes

In Portland, Allan Brettman notes with the Trail Blazers expecting a sold-out game for tonight's regular season home finale against the Clippers, this season's average attendance will be “less than 1 percent lower than last season's average” of 19,819. There are two factors at work that ...

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04/16/14
Mariners Financials Strong Despite Play

Fan interest and trust in the Mariners has “eroded amid slashed payrolls and losing seasons,” yet despite those struggles, the franchise finds itself “in the best financial shape of their 37-year history,” according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. The Mariners’ va ...

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04/16/14
Taxpayers To Pay For AHL Team Departure

The AHL Abbotsford Heat are leaving Fraser Valley, B.C., and the team yesterday revealed that the departure is "going to cost taxpayers" C$12.7M, according to Frank Luba of the Vancouver PROVINCE. The Flames brought their minor league team to a new arena for the '09-10 season "in a 10-year deal in w ...

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04/16/14
Franchise Notes

In Buffalo, Mike Harrington notes Sabres GM Tim Murray yesterday was "asked point-blank about the potential of the Sabres or other teams tanking next season." Murray said, “We want to be competitive. If anybody thinks that there’s a message of tanking being sent from upstairs, I wou ...

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04/15/14
Trump Declares Interest In Buying Bills

Donald Trump yesterday stressed that he is "committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in Western New York," according to a front-page piece by Tim Graham of the BUFFALO NEWS. Sources said that Trump "already has spoken" to Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon twice. Trump said, "I’m goi ...

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04/15/14
Shanahan Officially On As Leafs President

New Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan yesterday during his introductory press conference "came across as smart, canny, ready to embrace the challenge in front of him," according to Bruce Arthur of the NATIONAL POST. Shanahan was "cautious about how he sees the game" and "didn't make specific pr ...

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04/15/14
Communication Gap With Caps GM, Agents?

This spring marks a "nadir for the Capitals on the ice" as they failed to make the playoffs for the first time since '06-07, but it is "clear that a lack of direction and communication off it have been eroding the franchise from within for far longer," according to Katie Carrera of the WASHINGTON PO ...

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04/14/14
Steve Koonin Named Hawks CEO

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04/14/14
Joe Dumars Won't Return As Pistons President

The Pistons have "decided not to renew" President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars' contract, according to Vince Ellis of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. A source said that Dumars has "agreed to remain as an executive adviser outside the basketball operations domain." Pistons Assistant GM George David an ...

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04/14/14
Pacers' Success Translating Off The Court

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