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    Celtics See Drops In TV Ratings, Secondary Ticket Prices As Bruins Business Surges

    Published April 16, 2014

    The Celtics and Bruins find themselves "on diverging paths of fortune," and signs of their "skewed trajectories are written on the faces of fans and the bottom lines of businesses from Sportsworld to TD Garden," according to a front-page piece by Bob Hohler of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Celtics have played to 97% capacity at TD Garden and "have sold out more than half their home games, including the final three against relatively unglamorous opponents." Yet "cheering for the Celtics has taken on a...

    Tags: Franchises, Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins
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    Revisionist History: How Key Storylines Going Into The NBA Season Played Out

    Published April 16, 2014 by John Lombardo

    ...gaming category in a joint agreement with the two franchises.

    Tags: Franchises, NBA
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    NBA Franchise Notes: Trail Blazers' Attendance Relatively Flat Despite Strong Play

    Published April 16, 2014

    In Portland, Allan Brettman notes with the Trail Blazers expecting a sold-out game for tonight's regular season home finale against the Clippers, this season's average attendance will be “less than 1 percent lower than last season's average” of 19,819. There are two factors at work that “could account for a playoff-bound team averaging 79 fewer butts in seats per game" compared with a team that finished the '12-13 season by losing 13 games. Trail Blazers VP/Analytics Vincent Ircandia said, “W...

    Tags: Franchises, NBA
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    Mariners Financials, Team Value In Best Shape Ever Despite Years Of Poor Play

    Published April 16, 2014

    Fan interest and trust in the Mariners has “eroded amid slashed payrolls and losing seasons,” yet despite those struggles, the franchise finds itself “in the best financial shape of their 37-year history,” according to Geoff Baker of the SEATTLE TIMES. The Mariners’ value “keeps growing, while revenue skyrockets” from new local and national TV deals. Even with long-term commitments of $240M to 2B Robinson Cano and $175M to P Felix Hernandez, the team’s “moneymaking shows no signs of slowing.”...

    Tags: Franchises, Seattle Mariners, MLB
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    Departure Of AHL Abbotsford Heat Will Cost Local Taxpayers Almost C$13M

    Published April 16, 2014

    The AHL Abbotsford Heat are leaving Fraser Valley, B.C., and the team yesterday revealed that the departure is "going to cost taxpayers" C$12.7M, according to Frank Luba of the Vancouver PROVINCE. The Flames brought their minor league team to a new arena for the '09-10 season "in a 10-year deal in which the city of Abbotsford covered the team's losses." The city yesterday "unveiled a strategy it dubbed 'A New Game' that included renaming the arena the Abbotsford Centre and beginning a search ...

    Tags: Franchises, AHL, Calgary Flames
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    Franchise Notes

    Published April 16, 2014

    In Buffalo, Mike Harrington notes Sabres GM Tim Murray yesterday was "asked point-blank about the potential of the Sabres or other teams tanking next season." Murray said, “We want to be competitive. If anybody thinks that there’s a message of tanking being sent from upstairs, I would suggest they put a camera on me for 60 minutes of the game when we’re losing and you’ll know that tanking is not what I want. I want to play properly. I want to be competitive" (BUFFALO NEWS, 4/16). GOING FISH...

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    Donald Trump Says He Is Committed To Buying Bills, Keeping Team In Western New York

    Published April 15, 2014

    Donald Trump yesterday stressed that he is "committed to buying the Bills and keeping them in Western New York," according to a front-page piece by Tim Graham of the BUFFALO NEWS. Sources said that Trump "already has spoken" to Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon twice. Trump said, "I’m going to give it a heavy shot. I would love to do it, and if I can do it, I’m keeping it in Buffalo." He added, "I live in New York, and it’s easier for me to go to Buffalo than any other place. Where am I goin...

    Tags: Franchises, Buffalo Bills, NFL
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    Shanahan Introduced As Leafs President, Ready To Embrace Challenge

    Published April 15, 2014

    New Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan yesterday during his introductory press conference "came across as smart, canny, ready to embrace the challenge in front of him," according to Bruce Arthur of the NATIONAL POST. Shanahan was "cautious about how he sees the game" and "didn't make specific promises." He also "correctly said winning the press conference would mean nothing" (NATIONAL POST, 4/15). The CP's Stephen Whyno noted "plenty of changes are expected" within the Leafs organization....

    Tags: Franchises, NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs
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    Sources: Capitals' McPhee Has "Adversarial Relationship" With Some Player Agents

    Published April 15, 2014

    This spring marks a "nadir for the Capitals on the ice" as they failed to make the playoffs for the first time since '06-07, but it is "clear that a lack of direction and communication off it have been eroding the franchise from within for far longer," according to Katie Carrera of the WASHINGTON POST. Sources said that VP & GM George McPhee has an "adversarial relationship with player agents, whose grievances include his refusal to communicate with them directly and limiting their postgame a...

    Tags: Franchises, NHL, Washington Capitals
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    Hawks Name Turner's Steve Koonin CEO As Team Looks To Strenghten Its Public Image

    Published April 14, 2014

    The Hawks yesterday named Turner Entertainment Networks President Steve Koonin CEO. He will oversee all business, financial and strategic operations of the Hawks and Philips Arena. Koonin also will acquire an equity position within the ownership group and represent the owners as the head of the organization (Hawks). The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Maria Saporta noted hiring Koonin is a move "aimed at strengthening the brand of the basketball team as well as focusing on more strategic plans f...

    Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Hawks
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    Joe Dumars Out As Pistons President, But Will Remain With Team As Exec Adviser

    Published April 14, 2014

    The Pistons have "decided not to renew" President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars' contract, according to Vince Ellis of the DETROIT FREE PRESS. A source said that Dumars has "agreed to remain as an executive adviser outside the basketball operations domain." Pistons Assistant GM George David and Dir of Basketball Operations Ken Catanella will "run the team in the interim," while the ownership group "searches for a replacement." Dumars was named President of Basketball Operations before t...

    Tags: Franchises, Detroit Pistons
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    Pacers' On-Court Success Leading To Record Ratings, Renewed Attendance Numbers

    Published April 14, 2014

    The Pacers hold the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings with just one game remaining and have "returned to the forefront of the Indianapolis sports scene," according to Zak Keefer of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Their 28 sellouts this season are the most since '99-'00, "three more sellouts than the previous three seasons combined." Average attendance -- 17,501 -- is "up more than 2,000 a game from last season and is at its highest in 13 years." Meanwhile, ratings on FS Indiana "have shot u...

    Tags: Franchises, NBA, Indiana Pacers
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