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    Braves Name John Hart President Of Baseball Operations; Not Expected To Name GM

    Published October 24, 2014

    The Braves on Thursday announced that John Hart has "signed a three-year contract" to become President of Baseball Operations, according to David O'Brien of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Hart "thought about it for a month while serving as interim GM, and decided to take team president John Schuerholz up on an offer to run the realigned baseball operations department" in the "newly created position" rather than GM. Schuerholz said that the Braves "don’t plan to hire another person to serve...

    Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Braves, MLB
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    Nets Offering "Loyalty Insurance" To Cover Losses On Resold Tickets This Season

    Published October 24, 2014

    The Nets are preparing for "renewals on all 4,400 All Access season tickets for the first time" since the arena opened in '12, but these tickets will now "come with loyalty insurance," according to Matthew Flamm of CRAIN'S N.Y. BUSINESS. Beginning with the '14-15 season, the team will "cover up to 15% of the total season-ticket purchase price for those tickets that the holder resells." The "only caveat is that the tickets must be resold via an authorized Ticketmaster site" and not through oth...

    Tags: Franchises, Brooklyn Nets
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    Senators To Hold Tribute, Have Tighter Security Saturday After Soldier Killed In Shootings

    Published October 24, 2014

    The Senators said that they "will have 'enhanced' security measures in place" for Saturday’s home game versus the Devils in light of Wednesday's shootings, and added that they will have a "lasting tribute" to the soldier killed in the incident, according to Wayne Scanlan of the OTTAWA CITIZEN. Senators President Cyril Leeder promised that the team as part of the "healing" process will hold a "moment’s silence, a special pre-game ceremony as well as a 'very special anthem presentation.'" He sa...

    Tags: Franchises, Ottawa Senators
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    Franchise Notes

    Published October 24, 2014

    Phillies interim President & CEO Pat Gillick on Thursday when asked how far the club is from contending, said, "Where we are right now, it's probably a couple years. I wouldn't think '15 or '16 ... is in the cards. I think somewhere around 2017 or 2018." CSNPHILLY.com's Corey Seidman wrote, "That's a bold, but realistic statement from the man who architected the Phillies' most recent championship run." The Phillies for several years have "operated under the assumption that their core can pro...

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    New Islanders Owners Eager To Learn From Wang, But Focused On Future In Brooklyn

    Published October 23, 2014

    Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin, who "officially became Islanders minority owners two weeks ago," sat alongside Owner Charles Wang and GM Garth Snow at their introductory press conference yesterday and "spoke excitedly about their on-the-job training as owners," according to Jim Baumbach of NEWSDAY. Ledecky said the duo is "on a mission to learn and absorb" from Wang. Malkin added, "It's Charles' vision, and it's Charles' team. And what I've realized in the few short weeks we've officially ...

    Tags: New York Islanders, Franchises, NHL
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    Hawks Sale Process Stalls As Atlanta Group, NBA Reportedly Eye Different Resolutions

    Published October 23, 2014

    ...eflection of the complexity of multi-owner sports franchises," according to Chris Vivlamore of the ATLANTA JOU...

    Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Hawks, NBA
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    What's New? First-Year Coach Jason Kidd Featured In Bucks TV Ads For '14-15

    Published October 23, 2014

    Bucks coach Jason Kidd "stars in the team's first television commercial for the upcoming season, driving his Range Rover past several Milwaukee landmarks before delivering a punch line," according to Rich Kirchen of the MILWAUKEE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Milwaukee-based agency Stir LLC produced the team's new ads, and company Owner Brian Bennett said that they "will debut the week of Oct. 26 and target young adults who are passionate about sports as well as business owners who are the key for season...

    Tags: Franchises, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA
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    Clippers' Ballmer Makes Media Rounds Prior To Debut Season, Talks Strategy, Enthusiasm

    Published October 23, 2014

    New Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer, nearing the beginning of his first season with the team, continues to make the media rounds in wake of his blockbuster $2B purchase, including conversations with SI, PBS and NBA TV, among others. SI's Lee Jenkins asked Ballmer if his team's dynamic with the Lakers mattered to him. Ballmer responded, "I don't think so. Our goal is to compete with 29 teams, not one. But how people in Los Angeles self-select to be a Clippers fan or Lakers fan is interesting. I d...

    Tags: Franchises, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA
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    Royals Reportedly Asked Marlins Fan Behind Home Plate To Change Jersey Or Move Seat

    Published October 23, 2014

    Kauffman Stadium officials during Game 1 of the World Series Tuesday night asked Marlins fan Laurence Leavy, who has gained notoriety during the MLB postseason for wearing a bright orange Marlins jersey while seated directly behind home plate at several games, "to move -- or at least cover up" his jersey with a Royals shirt, according to Clark Spencer of the MIAMI HERALD.  The Royals reportedly offered Leavy a "private suite if he would move" and "tried enticing him with free World Series goo...

    Tags: Franchises, Miami Marlins, Kansas City Royals
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    Kings Support NHL's Decision To Suspend Slava Voynov Following Domestic Incident

    Published October 22, 2014

    The Kings said that they "support the NHL's decisive move" to suspend D Slava Voynov for his alleged domestic violence incident, "even though Voynov has not been charged by authorities," according to Elliott & Dillman of the L.A. TIMES. Kings coach Darryl Sutter yesterday said, "Absolutely, it's very appropriate." Elliott & Dillman note the NHL is operating in a "new landscape following the NFL's perceived mishandling of its players' domestic violence incidents." The NHL "charted a new path b...

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    Ray Rice Files Formal Grievance Against Ravens, Cites Double Jeopardy Issues

    Published October 22, 2014

    Free agent RB Ray Rice has "filed a formal grievance against the Ravens for wrongful termination" of his $35M contract after a video was released last month showing him knocking out his then-fiance, according to sources cited by Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore SUN. The new grievance filed with the league falls under Article 46 of the CBA, which "governs 'One Punishment,' and prohibits an NFL player from receiving more than one punishment for a single rule violation." It is "intended to guard ag...

    Tags: Franchises, Baltimore Ravens, NFL
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    Whatever You Like: T.I. Agrees To Help Hawks As Teams Tries To Move Past Controversy

    Published October 22, 2014

    The Hawks have enlisted the help of hip-hop artist and Atlanta native T.I. "to help the Hawks rebound" from the controversy that "erupted following racially insensitive comments by soon-to-be-former co-owner Bruce Levenson," according to Jennifer Brett of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. T.I. has agreed to perform and "help announce the players at the Nov. 1 home opener" against the Pacers (AJC.com, 10/19). T.I. also appears in a new video alongside Hawks CEO Steve Koonin to promote the upco...

    Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Hawks
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