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    As Browns' Training Camp Opens, Haslam Publicly Speaks On Manziel's Party Persona

    Published July 28, 2014

    Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam III "weighed in on Johnny Manziel's rock-star lifestyle for the first time Saturday and issued a stern warning to his rookie quarterback," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. Haslam said, "I don't want to wear this subject out. Johnny said it himself. He made some mistakes. We expect better from him. I'm sure he'll perform now. We're anxious to see what he can do on the field, which is what really counts." Haslam said he hopes Manziel can "patt...

    Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Browns, NFL
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    At 74, Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross Has No Plans To Step Away Anytime Soon

    Published July 28, 2014

    Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross is entering his sixth season as the team's majority owner and turned 74 this offseason, but instead of "contemplating retirement, he went back to school," according to Adam Beasley of the MIAMI HERALD. Ross "learned all he could about science-based ways to coax the most out of his players -- from nutrition to buying a massive cold tub to help prevent injuries." He also "opened up the team vault for free agents for a second straight year." If his offseason "sounds l...

    Tags: Franchises, Miami Dolphins, NFL
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    Redskins' New Lottery System For Training Camp Tickets Has Fans Upset

    Published July 28, 2014

    To the "dismay of many fans, only about 12,000 people will be guaranteed a chance to attend" the Redskins' training camp Fan Appreciation Day -- which will be "about half the size of last year’s event," according to Meredith Newman of the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. Tickets are "required to attend" this year’s Fan Appreciation Day and joint practices with the Patriots on Aug. 4-6. The team through a lottery system "picked about 3,000 people per day from an average of 18,000 applications per day....

    Tags: Franchises, Washington Redskins, NFL
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    Up In The Heir: Scrutiny Building Around Bowlen's Successor With Broncos

    Published July 28, 2014

    With Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen stepping down due to his battle with Alzheimer's disease, "there is emphasis on which progeny will emerge to serve the Bowlen Family Trust" as his successor, and Bowlen's seven children have now been "thrust into public spotlight and scrutiny," according to Woody Paige of the DENVER POST. Bowlen has two daughters by former wife Sally Parker. Beth Bowlen Wallace serves as Broncos Dir of Special Projects & Events, while Amie Bowlen Klemmer "lives in Hawaii and is m...

    Tags: Franchises, Denver Broncos, NFL
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    Spellbound? Rockies Discover Error On Tulo Giveaway, But Decide To Go Ahead

    Published July 28, 2014

    The Rockies on Saturday "gave away 15,000 Troy Tulowitzki jerseys" that all featured his name misspelled, according to Nick Groke of the DENVER POST. The jerseys showed his name as "Tulowizki." The team in a statement said, "Acknowledging that many fans came to the game for the jersey, rather than disappoint them, we decided to go ahead and hand them out. We have made plans to reproduce the jersey and fans wishing to exchange will be able to do so at a future date." The statement also said th...

    Tags: Franchises, Colorado Rockies, MLB
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    Indians Battling Attendance Woes, Turn To Analytics To Forecast Crowds

    Published July 28, 2014

    The Indians, coming off their "surprising run" to the playoffs last year, rank 29th in MLB attendance this season, and the team's "analytically inclined front office is trying to tackle the problem," according to Kevin Kleps of CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS. The team has "numerous methods it's using to study its fan base." Indians Manager of Business Analytics Gabe Gershenfeld has "developed a program the Indians use to predict attendance." The formula "takes historical data into account and wea...

    Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Indians, MLB
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    Chris Paul Threatens To Sit Out If Sterling Still Controls Clippers At Start Of Season

    Published July 25, 2014

    Clippers G Chris Paul said that he has talked to coach Doc Rivers "about the possibility of sitting out" should Donald Sterling remain in control of the franchise at the start of the season, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. Paul said, "That's something me and Doc are both talking about. Something has to happen, and something needs to happen soon -- sooner rather than later." He added he and teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are "all definitely going to talk about it." Paul: "It...

    Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
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    Packers Open To Playing In London, But Not Willing To Sacrifice A Home Game

    Published July 25, 2014

    The NFL wants the Packers to play a game in London, but it "has to be a road game," because the club is "not going to give up the cash cow that is a home game" at Lambeau Field, according to Silverstein & McGinn of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. Packers President & CEO Mark Murphy on Thursday at the team's annual shareholders meeting said that he is "completely on board" with playing as a road team in London. Murphy: "We would never give up a home game. It's too important for the community."...

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    MLBPA Files Grievance Against Astros, Claiming Manipulation In Not Signing No.1 Pick

    Published July 25, 2014

    The MLBPA "filed a grievance" against the Astros this week, contending the club tried to "manipulate the signings" of three players from the '14 MLB Draft, according to MURRAYCHASS.com. The Astros claim the club "needed to sign" No. 1 overall pick P Brady Aiken "to be able to sign" fifth-round pick P Jacob Nix and 21st-round pick P Mac Marshall. The failure to sign all three is supposedly "tied to the relatively new draft rules." Under the system, which the union agreed to in the '11 CBA, the...

    Tags: Franchises, Houston Astros, MLB
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    New NYC FC Designated Player Frank Lampard Calls MLS A "Real Option" For Top Players

    Published July 25, 2014

    MLS expansion club NYC FC on Thursday introduced former EPL club Chelsea MF Frank Lampard, who becomes the club's "fourth player and second of three to fill the Designated Player slot," according to Stefan Bondy of the N.Y. DAILY NEWS. Lampard: "We’re here to play serious football, serious soccer and try to win something. ... I’ve seen what MLS has done, the improvements over the years, the quality of players. That perception (that MLS is a cakewalk league) is dated. I think that has changed ...

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    Franchise Notes

    Published July 25, 2014

    In Milwaukee, Rich Kirchen reported Bucks co-Owners Wes Edens and Marc Lasry have retained L.A.-based Mercury Public Affairs partner Adam Mendelsohn, who previously worked for former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and on behalf of the NBA Kings' "efforts to build an arena." Mendelsohn served on an "arena task force" established by Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. Until Mendelsohn's hire, Edens and Lasry had relied on the team's "internal public relations staff and a public relations rep...

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    Broncos Had Plan In Place For Bowlen's Absence, Taking "Business As Usual" Approach

    Published July 24, 2014

    Following the decision by Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen to cede control of the organization due to Alzheimer's disease, the team yesterday said that everything "remains on course," according to Frank Schwab of YAHOO SPORTS. Bowlen had plans in place to "put the team into a trust, and the plan is for ownership to stay in the family." Broncos President & CEO Joe Ellis will "assume day-to-day business operations -- but he had been doing that for a while as Bowlen's health deteriorated." Broncos Exec ...

    Tags: Franchises, Denver Broncos, NFL
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