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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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03/31/14
Succession Plan In Place For Saints, Pelicans

Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson, his family and key team execs in recent years "have prepared a succession plan to secure the futures of both franchises beyond his tenure," according to Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Saints and Pelicans VP/Communications Greg Bensel said that Be ...

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03/28/14
Tigers Sign Cabrera To Massive Extension

The Tigers and 1B Miguel Cabrera on Thursday agreed to an eight-year, $248M extension, and while execs around MLB hold Cabrera in the "highest regard," they are "appalled" at the move, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. Olney said, "They're asking questions like, 'Why would the Tigers not wait until ...

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03/28/14
MLSE Preps For Playoffs With Raptors On Verge

The Raptors sit in third place in the Eastern Conference with 11 games left and could clinch a playoff spot as soon as Friday, so team execs "have taken steps" to ensure that postseason tickets "will be made available to the public in an orderly fashion," according to Robert MacLeod of the GLOBE &am ...

Tags: Franchises, Toronto Raptors

03/28/14
Blue Jackets See Slight Attendance Dip

The Blue Jackets enter play Friday tied for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, but they are 29th in the NHL "in attendance, drawing 14,347 per game to Nationwide Arena," according to a front-page piece by Aaron Portzline of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. The team has filled the 18,144-seat arena ...

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Franchises, NHL

03/28/14
Yankees Average Ticket Prices Up

TiqIQ VP/Data & Communications Chris Matcovich said that Yankees’ Opening Day ticket prices listed on the secondary ticket market are "down a smidge" -- 6.3% -- from last year, with the average ticket price dropping from $208.13 to $194.99, according to John Brennan of the Bergen RECO ...

Tags: Franchises, MLB, New York Yankees

03/28/14
Franchise Notes

The 76ers on Thursday night tied the NBA record of 26 consecutive losses, but in Philadelphia, John Murrow noted fans "have still come out in bunches" to Wells Fargo Center. The team ranks 29th in attendance with an average of 13,651, down from 17th when they averaged 16,717 in '12-13. Only the ...

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03/27/14
Toronto Groups Keep Close Eye On Bills

There are many obstacles Rogers Communications and MLSE "would face in their campaign to bring an NFL team to Toronto," including the fact that the sale of the Bills "is not expected for a couple of years, since the club will be put into a family trust," according to David Shoalts of the GLOBE & ...

Tags: Franchises, Buffalo Bills

03/27/14
Pistons Get D-League Team In Grand Rapids

The Pistons are getting an NBA D-League franchise in Grand Rapids, Mich., as an "agreement has been reached for undisclosed local owners to purchase the Springfield (Mass.) Armor and relocate the team" for the '14-15 season, according to sources cited by David Mayo of MLIVE.com. Sources said th ...

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03/27/14
Levi's Ticket Price Too High For Sounders Fans?

More than 25,000 fans have bought tickets for the MLS Sounders-Earthquakes game August 2 that will inaugurate Levi’s Stadium, but a supporters group’s potential boycott of the match has become the main storyline heading into it. The Emerald City Supporters, the Sounders' largest supporte ...

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03/27/14
Krafts' Ownership Of MLS Revolution Questioned

The MLS Revolution, owned by the Kraft family, is "widely regarded as one of the worst franchises" in MLS, as the club has earned "a reputation as one of the cheaper franchises in the league," according to Kevin Alexander of BOSTON magazine. On top of "poor attendance, the Revs are one of just three ...

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