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Leafs Optimistic Fans Will Respond To Rebuild, Say 99% of Season-Ticket Holders Renewed

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 04 / 24 / 15

MLSE Chief Commercial Officer Dave Hopkinson believes the Maple Leafs still "have something to sell their season-ticket holders that hasn’t been there in recent years," and that is "real, long-term hope that things will improve," according to James Mirtle of the GLOBE & MAIL. Hopkinso...

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In L.A., Helene Elliott wrote the NHL Kings have an "image problem to deal with" after the arrest of C Jarret Stoll for possession of cocaine and ecstasy in Las Vegas on Friday. The worst-case scenario would be that the Kings "have a hole at the heart of the we-are-family culture they've meticulousl ...

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Redskins Execs Get Earful During Fan Forum

The Redskins last week at FedExField held a fan forum "featuring about a hundred fans and a host of top team officials," and given an open mic and the ears of the team’s front office, fans "took advantage," according to Dan Steinberg of the WASHINGTON POST. Execs on hand included Presiden ...

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Penguins Holding Watch Parties After All

The city of Pittsburgh and the Penguins announced Thursday that they will "hold watch parties for all home games of the team's opening-round series" against the Rangers, beginning with Game 3 on Monday at 7:00pm ET in Market Square, according to Jason Mackey of the PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Game 4 ...

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Franchise Notes

In Sacramento, Ailene Voisin writes the "uncertainty that enveloped" the NBA Kings' front office and coaching staff is "easing, starting to resemble the framework of a deal." Kings VP/Basketball & Franchise Operations Vlade Divac has the "keys to the palace," and his voice "rings loudest." GM Pe ...

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Magic: Dodgers Not Hurting From TV Issues

Dodgers investor Magic Johnson yesterday said that he "does not believe the team's virtual disappearance from local television has damaged its standing in the community," according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Johnson added that he did think the lack of television exposure has damaged the ...

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Bruins Fire Chiarelli After Missing Playoffs

The Bruins yesterday fired GM Peter Chiarelli after "missing the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons, and will leave the fate of coach Claude Julien up to Chiarelli's successor," according to Jack McCluskey of ESPN BOSTON. Bruins President Cam Neely said, "It was not an easy decision t ...

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MLBPA Prepared For Battle In Hamilton Case

Should Angels Owner Arte Moreno continue to look into recouping "at least some of his investment" in LF Josh Hamilton, the commissioner's office and the MLBPA "could face off in a second arbitration hearing" concerning the former AL MVP, according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. Moreno last ...

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Bucks Co-Owners Attend Season Finale

In Milwaukee, Charles Gardner notes Bucks co-Owner Marc Lasry and investor Jamie Dinan last night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center "greeted fans at the turnstiles and handed out T-shirts" before the season finale against the Celtics. Dinan said of their first year owning the team, "It's been really ...

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Browns Unveil New Uniforms

The Browns yesterday unveiled new Nike-designed uniforms displaying Cleveland "on the front," making them the "only ones in the league" with just the city name on front of the jersey, according to Tom Reed of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The new uniforms "consist of nine jersey-and-pant combinat ...

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Dodgers Unveil Startup Incubator Venture

The Dodgers "are looking to work later this summer with startups focused on sports technology, in hopes of finding new ways of engaging fans," according to Sara Germano of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The program "will seek to foster emerging companies working in fitness and sports training, among other ...

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