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"We won the championship. We're drinking champagne, but we have 14 guys grinding it out at a ballpark trying to watch it on their cell phones. They are the ones missing birthdays and their son's first Little League game" – Nationals President of Baseball Operations & GM Mike Rizzo , ...

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09/29/14
White Sox' Attendance Lowest Since '99

The White Sox' attendance in '14 ranked 28th out of MLB's 30 teams and "marked the Sox's lowest full-season ticket sales" since '99, according to Danny Ecker of CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. Ticket sales are down 26% since '10. The team yesterday capped the regular season "in front of a crowd of 32,266, ...

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Franchises

09/29/14
Names In The News

The Univ. of Kansas fired football coach CHARLIE WEIS yesterday, and the move “comes with a short-term cost.” After this season, Weis “had two years remaining” on his five-year, $12.5M contract. He “will receive the remainder of his contact,” which amounts to a ...

Tags: People and Pop Culture

09/29/14
Jeter's Retirement Leaves Void As Face Of MLB

Derek Jeter has “graciously accepted the role as the face” of MLB for nearly two decades, but with Jeter having played his last game yesterday, a “new generation of stars is poised to grab the mantle,” according to Will Graves of The AP. However, that is not something t ...

Tags: Leagues and Governing Bodies, MLB

09/29/14
Johnson Optimistic About Dodgers' TV Carriage

Dodgers co-Owner Magic Johnson "is predictably optimistic about the future of the team’s TV deal" after spending the entire regular season with "local television coverage unavailable" to around 70% of the market, according to Bill Plunkett of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. Johnson prior to y ...

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, MLB, Time Warner Cable, Media

09/29/14
Adidas Struggling In U.S. Market

adidas is “struggling to increase revenue in the U.S. amid the dominance” of Nike and growth of Under Armour, according to Aaron Ricadela of BLOOMBERG NEWS. Success in the U.S., where adidas “gets almost a quarter of its revenue, is a priority” for Chair & CEO Herbert Ha ...

Tags: Marketing and Sponsorship, Adidas, Nike, Under Armour

09/29/14
NFL Uses Flex Option, Shifting Pats-Bills

The NFL as part of its updated flex scheduling has moved the Oct. 12 Patriots-Bills game from CBS to Fox, and shifted Fox' Bears-Falcons game from 1:00pm ET to 4:25pm. The Week 6 changes are a "reflection of a change made before the season, allowing the league to make changes in Weeks 5 to 10." The ...

09/29/14
Today's Events....

The Royals are hosting a free "Take The Crown Rally" at Kauffman Stadium in preparation for the team’s first playoff game in 29 years. The rally will include interviews with GM Dayton Moore and manager Ned Yost .

09/29/14
Wrigley Project Beginning In Earnest

The Wrigley Field renovation project "begins in earnest" today. The "right- and left-field walls and all of the bleacher seats inside will be torn down and rebuilt," and "only the centerfield bleachers will remain untouched." The ballpark walls will be moved out to "make way for wider concourses, ne ...

09/29/14
Brewers Face Challenge In Getting Fans Back For '15

Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio acknowledged Saturday that the team's "late-season swoon, added to the Ryan Braun scandal and losing season of 2013, will create challenges as the team markets to fans" for '15, according to Rich Kirchen of the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL. The Brewers drew "nearly 2.8 mil ...

Tags: Franchises, MLB, Milwaukee Brewers

09/29/14
Back9Network Launches On DirecTV

Back9Network launches today on DirecTV, billing itself as a "complement to the Golf Channel." In its first year, the channel is "scheduled to air four hours of live studio programming a day." Shows will include "The Clubhouse," featuring former PGA Tour player John Maginnes , golf writer Jeff Rude ...

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