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  • SBD Article

    Royals Encounter Problem With Online Playoff Ticket Sales Due To Excessive Traffic

    Published September 19, 2014

    The Royals on Thursday morning were "hustling to fix an online problem that occurred when potential playoff tickets went on sale," according to Andy McCullough of the K.C. STAR. For about a 15-minute period after tickets went on sale at 10:00am CT, fans "found themselves unable to complete orders online because of excessive amounts of people utilizing the server." The club still is "trying to determine exactly how many fans were caught during the breakdown." Some fans could "not confirm the p...

    Tags: Franchises, MLB, Kansas City Royals
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    Garber Confirms Possible Chivas USA Hiatus, But Some In MLS Oppose The Move

    Published September 19, 2014

    MLS Commissioner Don Garber on Thursday confirmed that the league's "most troubled franchise, Chivas USA, may not play" during the '15 season even if the league finds a "new owner for the club," according to Andrew Das of the N.Y. TIMES. The league "has owned and operated Chivas USA since buying out the team’s Mexican owner, Jorge Vergara, in February, but it continues to struggle at the gate and on the field." The sale "may have been complicated by the league’s insistence that the new owner ...

    Tags: Franchises, Chivas USA, MLS
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    Republic FC Officials Give MLS Execs VIP Treatment In Attempt To Land Expansion Team

    Published September 19, 2014

    ...io, Las Vegas and Minnesota also "are bidding for franchises, with the two Minneapolis contingents regarded as...

    Tags: MLS, Franchises
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    Avalanche To Substantially Increase Payroll Despite Last Year's Low Ticket Revenue

    Published September 19, 2014

    Avalanche Owner Stan Kroenke and President Josh Kroenke "agreed to substantially increase payroll" despite the club being in the "bottom five of the NHL in ticket revenues" last season, according to Adrian Dater of the DENVER POST. The club's ticket revenue, at about $26M, was "low enough that it qualified for the NHL's revenue-sharing plan." The increase will make the Avalanche a "cap team again, one with a payroll coming close" to the NHL's $69M cap ceiling for the '14-15 season. The team's...

    Tags: Franchises, Colorado Rockies, NHL
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    Purple Haze: Ravens Fans Flock To M&T Bank Stadium To Exchange Ray Rice Jerseys

    Published September 19, 2014

    A line of Ravens fans looking to exchange No. 27 Ray Rice jerseys "stretched more than a quarter of the way around M&T Bank Stadium on Friday morning," according to Rick Seltzer of the BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Doors opened for the jersey exchange at 8:00am ET, but a Ravens spokesperson said that the "first person in line" arrived at 4:00am ET. The team plans to "provide statistics on the number of fans exchanging jerseys Saturday," but does not have any estimates. Ravens PR Manager Patrick...

    Tags: Franchises, Baltimore Ravens
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    Franchise Notes

    Published September 19, 2014

    In Minneapolis, Katherine Johnson reported the controversy surrounding Vikings RB Adrian Peterson's child abuse case is "pushing prices to home games even lower." On top of some season-ticket holders "jumping ship," ticket prices to the Vikings' next home game are "already dropping, and it's still two weeks away." Minneapolis-based TicketKing Exec Dir of Business Operations Andrew Baydala said that he "saw an impact even before Sunday's home opener." Lower end zone seats were "going for as mu...

    Tags: Franchises
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    Panthers Follow Vikings' Lead, Place Greg Hardy On Commissioner's Exempt List

    Published September 18, 2014

    Panthers DE Greg Hardy, who faces a trial in November on domestic abuse charges, yesterday was "placed on the commissioner’s exempt list," just hours after the NFL placed Vikings RB Adrian Peterson "on the same list after allegations that he beat his 4-year-old son with a switch," according to a front-page piece by Joseph Person of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER. Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said that Hardy’s leave "would last until his domestic violence case is resolved." He added that Hardy "could se...

    Tags: NFL, Franchises, Carolina Panthers, Minnesota Vikings
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    NHL Panthers' Ownership Reaffirms Stance That Team Is Not Relocating

    Published September 18, 2014

    NHL Panthers ownership has vowed that the club will "remain in South Florida" amid speculation that the franchise "could be on the move" with new arenas being built in Las Vegas and Quebec City, according to George Richards of the MIAMI HERALD. Panthers Vice Chair & Partner Douglas Cifu and team Owner Vinnie Viola wrote a letter to "stem rumors of relocation." They wrote, "As we close in on the one-year anniversary of our ownership of the Florida Panthers, we want to reiterate our commitment ...

    Tags: Franchises, Florida Panthers, NHL
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    Senators' Melnyk Says Ticket Sales Difficult Because Government Cannot Buy Tickets

    Published September 18, 2014

    Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk said that selling tickets "is particularly difficult in Ottawa because the city’s two biggest employers -- the federal and municipal government -- are not permitted to purchase tickets," according to Ken Warren of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. Melnyk, speaking on CJCL-AM, said, "We are a very regional market. Our biggest employer in the city can’t buy tickets, nor can they buy tickets or give tickets. The number two biggest employer is the city and they can’t buy tickets or...

    Tags: Ottawa Senators, Franchises
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    Royals Nearing Best Attendance Mark In More Than Two Decades Thanks To Playoff Push

    Published September 18, 2014 by Josh Carpenter

    The Royals’ push to make the postseason for the first time since '85 likely will result in the team's best home attendance mark in more than 20 years. Royals VP/Marketing & Business Development Mike Bucek expects season attendance to see an 8-9% increase after the final game at Kauffman Stadium this Sunday. The average crowd of 23,405 at Kauffman likely will break the season mark of 1,934,578 set in ’93 -- the final season of Baseball HOFer George Brett’s career. The Royals’ season attendance...

    Tags: Franchises, MLB, Kansas City Royals
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    Whitecaps Pull Promo Hours After Posting It After Some Fans Accuse Club Of Misogyny

    Published September 18, 2014

    The Whitecaps yesterday posted a promo on their YouTube and Instagram accounts that showed footage of "three young women cheering in the stands at BC Place," but the team "pulled the video within hours of it being posted after some fans complained it was sexist and misogynistic in nature," according to Scott Brown of the VANCOUVER SUN. In the slow-motion video, one of the women "jumps with her arms extended in the air as she follows the action on the field." Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi...

    Tags: Vancouver Whitecaps, Franchises
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    Charlotte's USL Pro Team Changes Hands; Ownership Sees Rebrand As Step Toward MLS

    Published September 18, 2014 by Alex Silverman

    A group led by MLL Charlotte Hounds President & Managing Partner Jim McPhilliamy has acquired the rights to the city’s USL Pro franchise from the Charlotte Eagles. The club will be renamed the Charlotte Independence and treated as an expansion franchise by both ownership and the league. McPhilliamy said ownership has aspirations of jumping to MLS at some point, but there is no timetable for doing so. In the meantime, the club is on the verge of an affiliation with the Rapids, and several exec...

    Tags: Franchises
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