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Braves Ownership Supporting GM Anthopoulos' Efforts To Bring Analytic Edge To Team

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 12 / 13 / 17

The Braves have not said where their '17 payroll "ended up by their own accounting or divulged a targeted payroll" for '18, but new GM Alex Anthopoulos said that it "will remain at a similar level and that there are enough dollars to make it work," according to David O'Brien of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-C...

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Atlanta United Surpasses 36,000 Season Tickets

In Atlanta, Doug Roberson notes Atlanta United season-ticket sales have surpassed 36,000, and the club "hasn’t decided if it will cap that number" for the '18 season and how it "may affect how many games Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be open to handle full capacity." A spokesperson said that the ...

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Browns' On-Field Woes Affecting Attendance

The Browns' 19-7 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday drew an announced crowd of 57,003 at FirstEnergy Stadium, but the actual attendance was "much worse," according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. The team "might be fortunate to have had 40,000 people" attend the game. Announced attendance t ...

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Belichick In No Rush To Return To Mexico

Patriots coach Bill Belichick does not have a "strong desire to return" to Mexico following his team's game against the Raiders on Sunday, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Belichick, speaking yesterday on WEEI-FM, said, "Personally I wouldn't be in any big rush to do it again. It's a l ...

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Yankees Crowdsourcing Managerial Candidates

The Yankees are searching for a new manager, and the club is "not only making little effort to hide candidates but also crowdsourcing the vetting process by parading them in front of the news media," according to Billy Witz of the N.Y. TIMES. So far, each of the five people the Yankees have int ...

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Marlins Use Stanton To Sell Tickets Amid Trade Rumors

In Miami, David Neal notes while the Marlins are listening to trade offers for RF Giancarlo Stanton, they are also "trying to pimp Stanton’s autograph" for '18 season tickets -- when he "likely won’t be" on the team. Stanton last week was named NL MVP, and an e-mail yesterday to potentia ...

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Some Fans Critical Of Crew Marketing

The Crew host Toronto FC tomorrow in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals, and some fans "have been critical of the front office’s marketing efforts" amid the team's possible relocation to Austin, according to Andrew Erickson of the COLUMBUS DISPATCH. Some fans have indicated th ...

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Argos Draw Team's Largest Crowd At BMO Field

The Toronto Argonauts drew 24,929 fans to BMO Field yesterday for its CFL East Division Final win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, marking the "biggest crowd they have drawn to their new home" after moving there prior to the '16 season, according to Sean Fitz-Gerald of THE ATHLETIC. Temporary stan ...

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Franchise Notes

In Ft. Lauderdale, Tim Healey reports it is "not clear yet" how involved Marlins CEO Derek Jeter is "in baseball decision-making, but actual baseball decisions in the coming weeks and months should provide clarity." Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said Jeter is in the office ev ...

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Saints, Pelicans Sign Deals With SeatGeek

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ManU Hopes To Raise Profile In U.S. With Event

EPL club Manchester United will host a fan event in Brooklyn this weekend around its match against Newcastle, its latest outreach to the U.S. The event, part of its #ILoveUnited global series, will feature live entertainment, giveaways, competitions and a screening of the team’s home match. Fo ...

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