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Franchise Notes

The AP noted the Seahawks yesterday "apologized for a tweet that linked their improbable NFC championship game victory to Martin Luther King Jr." earlier in the day. The team tweeted, "We shall overcome," accompanied by a picture of QB Russell Wilson crying "next to a quote from King and the hashtag ...

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Nationals Go For Broke With Scherzer Signing

The Nationals have reached a seven-year deal with P Max Scherzer for $210M, with "half deferred," according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal. Scherzer "will receive $15M per year for 14 years." The "present-day value" of the $210 will end up being "lower due to deferrals" ( TWITTER.com, 1/19 ). In ...

Tags: Washington Nationals, Franchises

Blue Jays To Use Digital Tickets

The Blue Jays are joining the "march toward digital ticketing," and the team for the first time this year "will not send hard-copy ducats to season-ticket holders," according to Brendan Kennedy of the TORONTO STAR. Ticket holders instead will "receive an ID card which will serve as not only the ...

Tags: Franchises, MLB, Toronto Blue Jays

Texans Raise Ticket Prices For '15

The Texans "have increased ticket prices," as the average general ticket price for a game next season "will be $91.87," according to John McClain of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. That is an increase of 7.5% from $85.44 for the past two seasons. The Texans "have sold out every game at NRG Stadium -- 13 ...

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Cards Expected To Extend Arians, Keim

In Phoenix, Kent Somers noted Cardinals President Michael Bidwill “expects to sign” coach Bruce Arians and GM Steve Keim to extensions this offseason. The only timetable Bidwill would put on the signings was "sometime after the Super Bowl.” Re-signing Arians and Keim would “m ...

Tags: Franchises, NFL

Rays Not Conceding Season Despite Many Moves

In Tampa, Marc Topkin wrote the "massive offseason makeover" that Rays President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman "has orchestrated ... is the product of a process to restock a sagging farm system, reduce what had been a franchise-high payroll (though only by about $10 million, to around $ ...

Tags: MLB, Franchises

San Jose Loses Court Appeal To Get A's

San Jose’s "legal fight to lure the A’s suffered another setback Thursday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the city’s antitrust case" against MLB, according to Joe Stiglich of CSNBAYAREA.com. The city was appealing the '13 ruling of U.S. District Judge Ronald Why ...

Tags: Franchises, Oakland Athletics, MLB

Brewers Season-Tix Sales Up Big

The Brewers have introduced their new season-ticket sales slogan, "Coming Back Stronger," and COO Rick Schlesinger said that sales are tracking at 20% "ahead of where they were at this point" last year, according to Rich Kirchen of the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Brewers execs selected the new ...

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49ers Press Conference Critiqued By Media

The introductory press conference for new 49ers coach Jim Tomsula "neither cast Tomsula in the best light nor answered questions about why he is a better man for the job" than former coach Jim Harbaugh, according to Ann Killion of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Team execs and Tomsula "most definitely did not w ...

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Heat's Sell-Out Streak Continues Without LeBron

The Heat in their first season since the departure of LeBron James have sold out all 19 home games and extended its "home sellout streak to 224," but that counts "paid attendance, not bodies in the seats," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD. For "non-marquee games, there seem to be more ...

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