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    As NFL Moves Jets-Bills To Detroit, Questions Remain About Buffalo's Next Home Game

    Published November 21, 2014

    Sunday's Jets-Bills game scheduled for Ralph Wilson Stadium has been moved to Detroit's Ford Field and will be played Monday night, and Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon "left open the possibility that The Ralph wouldn’t be ready Nov. 30" for the scheduled game against the Browns, according to Jay Skurski of the BUFFALO NEWS. Brandon said, "It’s going to be a full-on effort by our stadium operations crew and everyone involved here at One Bills Drive to get the facility ready for next week. T...

    Tags: Franchises, Buffalo Bills
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    Royals Owner David Glass In Q&A Addresses Team's Post-World Series Plans

    Published November 21, 2014

    Royals Owner David Glass talked about the "season just past and the season ahead" while at the MLB owners meetings and said he is "still disappointed" about the team losing Game 7 of the World Series, according to Andy McCullough of the K.C. STAR. Glass said, "I’m a very poor loser. But I have to give the Giants credit. They played well. And winning three World Series in the last five years in remarkable. So I take my hat off to that organization and their players. But at the same time, I wan...

    Tags: Franchises, MLB, Kansas City Royals
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    Remembering The Alamo: San Antonio MiLB Team Unveils New Logos, Uniforms

    Published November 21, 2014

    The Double-A Texas League San Antonio Missions "unveiled Thursday a new logo and uniforms that incorporate the pride" felt locally toward the Alamo, according to Tom Orsborn of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS. The team's logo and uniform change, which was designed by San Diego-based Brandiose, "is the club's first" since '94. The Missions' colors as part of the redesign "change from black and gold to midnight blue, Texas sandstone and freedom red." The new colors are "more in keeping with the lo...

    Tags: Franchises, MiLB
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    Cuomo Calls It "Impractical" To Play Jets-Bills Game In Buffalo As Snow Continues To Fall

    Published November 20, 2014

    Both New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Erie County Exec Mark Poloncarz this morning "cautioned against" the Bills playing Sunday's game against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium as Western New York "heads into the third day of the historic lake-effect storm," according to Tiffany Lankes of the BUFFALO NEWS. Cuomo said, "If you ask me today ... my two cents is it’s impractical to do the game." Poloncarz added that he "could not assure the Bills the county could provide emergency personnel and sher...

    Tags: Franchises, NFL, Buffalo Bills
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    Stanton's Mega Deal With Marlins Seen As Opportunity For Loria To Hit Reboot Button

    Published November 20, 2014

    Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton yesterday officially signed his new 13-year, $325M contract, meaning he has now guaranteed the team "at least six years of his future ... for a chance to change the way a sour South Florida fan base base looks at the organization," according to Manny Navarro of the MIAMI HERALD. The Marlins expect that they will "spend roughly" $60M on payroll this season, with Stanton helping the team "by charging them just" $6.5M, half of what he would have earned in arbitration...

    Tags: Miami Marlins, Franchises
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    Vikings Players Tackle Peterson Topic One Last Time Before Preparing Themselves To Move On

    Published November 20, 2014

    When Vikings players yesterday morning arrived at the team's practice facility, coach Mike Zimmer "debriefed them" on the Adrian Peterson situation, "offered his opinion on the suspension and tried to get them to move on," according to Matt Vensel of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. Some of the players "didn’t bother reading NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s explanation for suspending Peterson." Vikings DE Brian Robison said, “[Zimmer] gave us his opinions on it, which we’ll keep in the locker ro...

    Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Vikings, NFL
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    Yankees' Levine Expects Encouraging Ticket Sales, Club To Exceed Luxury-Tax Threshold

    Published November 20, 2014

    Yankees President Randy Levine said there has not been a decrease in initial ticket renewals for the ’15 season, despite missing the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since '93. Speaking at the MLB owners’ meetings in K.C., Levine said while it is still quite early in the renewal process, initial signs are encouraging. Levine: “We have a loyal group of Yankee fans, and they know we will do what we can to field a championship club." Yankees attendance rose 4% this year to 3.4...

    Tags: Franchises, New York Yankees, MLB
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    Falcons Plan To Start Selling PSLs For New Stadium Early Next Year

    Published November 20, 2014

    The Falcons "plan to start selling personal seat licenses for their new stadium early next year," according to Tim Tucker of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Falcons President & CEO Rich McKay "did not answer the question" of how much the seat licenses will cost. But he said that the stadium’s 71,000-seat capacity is "designed to ensure a range of tickets 'so that people would have price choices, people would have location choices.'” The team has said that all season tickets, "regardless of...

    Tags: Franchises, Atlanta Falcons, NFL
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    Maple Leafs' Nonis, Shanahan Face Criticism, Fan Outrage As Team Struggles On Ice

    Published November 20, 2014

    Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis has "managed to somehow stay relatively unscathed" through just under six years with the franchise despite the fact that he has been a key figure in the team's "demise, making critical errors that continue to cost the organization dearly," according to James Mirtle of the GLOBE & MAIL. The seven-year, $36.75M (all figures U.S.) deal "given to a one-dimensional third-line player" in RW David Clarkson in the summer of '13 "should have been a fireable offence on its own...

    Tags: Franchises, Toronto Maple Leafs, NHL
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    MLS Atlanta's President Gives First Interview, Encouraged By Fan Support Thus Far

    Published November 20, 2014

    MLS Atlanta President Darren Eales, who was hired in September, worked his first day with the franchise on Monday and gave his first interview yesterday, when he "discussed why he left Tottenham Hotspur in his native England for a new city and new franchise," according to Doug Roberson of the ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION. Eales, who "is the team’s first employee," has a "long list of things to do" before the inaugural '17 season. He said of why he joined the organization, "From my perspective...

    Tags: Franchises, MLS
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    Seattle's Best: Mariners Named Club Retailer Of The Year By MLB Properties

    Published November 20, 2014

    The Mariners have been named MLB Properties' "Club Retailer of the Year" for their skills in "driving merchandise sales through creative marketing," according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma NEWS TRIBUNE. The award "is based on a combination of sales, vendor/customer feedback and creative marketing and merchandising efforts." The Mariners "won the inaugural award" in '05 and "are the only franchise to win it more than once." The Dodgers won last year (THENEWSTRIBUNE.com, 11/19). MLB.com's Mark Ne...

    Tags: Franchises, MLB, Seattle Mariners
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    Stanton Gives Marlins Financial Flexibility By Backloading Record Contract

    Published November 19, 2014

    Marlins RF Giancarlo Stanton was "so motivated to give his team the financial flexibility to win now, he agreed to a heavily backloaded contract structure" that will pay him just $30M over the first three seasons of a 13-year, $325M deal, according to a source cited by Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. A source said that Stanton's salaries over those first three seasons will be only $6.5M in '15, $9M in '16 and $14.5M in '17, "far less than he could have earned through arbitration" in '15 and '16 and...

    Tags: Franchises, Miami Marlins, MLB
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