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  • SBD Article

    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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    As Testimony Wraps, Shelly Sterling's Attorneys Seek Appeal-Proof Ruling In Clippers Sale

    Published July 24, 2014

    The attorneys for Shelly Sterling yesterday said that they will "ask a judge to issue a ruling" allowing the $2B sale of the Clippers to Steve Ballmer to proceed, "despite pending lawsuits brought by Donald Sterling in both federal and civil court contesting his wife's authority to sell the franchise without his consent," according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN L.A. Shelly Sterling's attorney Pierce O'Donnell said that he would "seek what would effectively be an emergency, appeal-proof ruling a...

    Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
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    Browns To See Capacity Crowds For Training Camp, But Avoid Crediting Manziel's Popularity

    Published July 24, 2014

    The Browns "have already 'sold out' the first three days" of their free training camp in Berea, and are "close to selling out more," according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. The team also "distributed all 25,000 free tickets for their Family Day Aug. 2 at Akron's InfoCision Stadium within 10 hours." Browns President Alec Scheiner "downplayed the arrival" of QB Johnny Manziel as a source of the training camp buzz. He said, "I don't know how much of an impact (Manziel has had)...

    Tags: Franchises, Cleveland Browns, NFL
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    Bears To Roll Out "Bear Down" Campaign, With Slogan Derived From Fight Song

    Published July 24, 2014

    The Bears' "marketing mantra" for the '14 season will be "Bear Down," as the team's longtime agency Two By Four, Chicago, is "in the final stages of completing a new ad campaign," according to Lewis Lazare of the CHICAGO BUSINESS JOURNAL. Variations on a "Monsters of the Midway" theme, which had "predominated in Bears advertising for the past couple of seasons," are being "scrapped in favor of a new campaign that plays off the title of the familiar Bears fight song 'Bear Down, Chicago Bears.'...

    Tags: Franchises, Chicago Bears, NFL
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    NHL Panthers Hope Newly Signed Goaltender Attracts Cuban-American Population To Hockey

    Published July 24, 2014

    The hope from NHL Panthers execs is that the July 1 signing of G Al Montoya, who in '08-09 became "the first Cuban-American" to play in the NHL, will "help attract some of the approximately 850,000 Cuban-Americans in the area to the BB&T Center," according to Harvey Fialkov of the South Florida SUN-SENTINEL. Montoya said, "This is a very cool experience, not only on a hockey level, but a bigger level than that." Still, Montoya "knows that his heritage isn't enough to create fan interest." He ...

    Tags: Franchises, Florida Panthers, NHL
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    MLB Franchise Notes: Weiss Reportedly Growing Frustrated With Rockies' Front Office

    Published July 24, 2014

    FOXSPORTS.com's Ken Rosenthal cited sources as saying that Rockies manager Walt Weiss has "grown frustrated due to his philosophical differences" with Senior VP/Major League Operations & Assistant GM Bill Geivett and the club's "unusual front office structure." Sources said that Weiss is "not looking to leave" the Rockies, but his dissatisfaction "reflects the growing sense in the industry that the organization is reaching a breaking point." Geivett "maintains an office in the clubhouse," whi...

    Tags: Franchises, MLB
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    Pat Bowlen Relinquishes Control Of Broncos Due To Alzheimer's, Joe Ellis Taking Over

    Published July 23, 2014

    Pat Bowlen, one of the "most iconic" owners in NFL history, is giving up control the Broncos as he "acknowledges he is dealing with Alzheimer's disease," according to a front-page piece by Mike Klis of the DENVER POST. Team President Joe Ellis will have "final-say authority" over team matters and will "assume control of the Broncos as Bowlen focuses on his health." Bowlen, who bought the team in '84, has "placed his Broncos' ownership in the Pat Bowlen Trust that is controlled by non-family m...

    Tags: Franchises, Denver Broncos, NFL
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    Sterling Files Another Suit To Block Clippers Sale As Parsons Warns Of "Death Spiral"

    Published July 23, 2014

    Donald Sterling "opened a third legal front Tuesday in his fight to maintain control of the Clippers, alleging in another lawsuit that he remained the team's rightful owner and demanding" that Shelly Sterling's $2B sale of the team to Steve Ballmer "be blocked," according to Rainey & Fenno of the L.A. TIMES. Also during yesterday's testimony, interim Clippers CEO Dick Parsons said that he feared the team "could fall into a 'death spiral' if fans, sponsors, players and coaches flee should Ster...

    Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
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    Bengals Owner Says He Is Taking A Back Seat In Day-To-Day Running Of The Franchise

    Published July 23, 2014

    Bengals Owner Mike Brown said the day-to-day responsibilities of running the team “has essentially been handed off” to Exec VP Katie Blackburn, his daughter, and coach Marvin Lewis, according to Joe Danneman of Cincinnati-based WXIX-Fox. Brown said, "Back when we were losing, I was doing a lot. But now that we've been winning lately, less and less.” Danneman reported Brown is present at the Bengals’ facilities and he watches what goes on, but his “presence is now bigger than his actual presen...

    Tags: Franchises, Cincinnati Bengals, NFL
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    NFL Jets Dropping Paper Tickets, Introducing Smart Card-Based Rewards Program

    Published July 23, 2014

    The NFL Jets "are doing away with paper tickets for season ticket holders, while offering those fans a rewards plan for showing up regularly and behaving properly," according to Barry Wilner of the AP. The program "begins with creating a simplified way to get into MetLife Stadium." Season-ticket holders "will enter using wallet-sized smart cards that are loaded" for the '14 season. The program also will "provide incentives for the season ticket holders to keep coming, with bonus points accumu...

    Tags: New York Jets, Franchises, NFL
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    Maple Leafs Name "Whiz Kid" Kyle Dubas Assistant GM, Look To Expand Use Of Analytics

    Published July 23, 2014

    The Maple Leafs "appear to have changed direction in the front office," announcing the hiring of OHL Soo Greyhounds GM Kyle Dubas as Assistant GM, and the departures of VP/Hockey Operations Dave Poulin and VP & Assistant GM Claude Loiselle, according to Darren Yourk of the GLOBE & MAIL. Dubas, now 28, was hired to run the Greyhounds "when he was just 25, making him the second youngest GM in OHL history." Prior to that, he "landed a job with Uptown Sports Management, becoming the youngest play...

    Tags: Franchises, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL
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    Toronto FC-Tottenham Exhibition Highlights Partnership, With More Promotions Expected

    Published July 23, 2014

    Tonight's exhibition match at BMO Field between Toronto FC and EPL club Tottenham Hotspur "is the highest-profile example of a joint venture that will help both clubs," but MLSE Chief Commercial Officer Dave Hopkinson said that there will soon be "more signs of the collaboration," according to Morgan Campbell of the TORONTO STAR. The partnership began when TFC signed F Jermain Defoe from Tottenham, and in the course of negotiations, the deal "grew to include a variety of in-kind perks in addi...

    Tags: Toronto FC, Tottenham Hotspur, Franchises
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