With "more than" 50,000 attending both Friday and
Saturday's Braves-Marlins NLCS games at Pro Player Stadium,
"it would seem the Marlins are making a huge profit in these
playoffs," according to Barry Jackson of the MIAMI HERALD.
But team President Don Smiley said playoff profits "will not
come close to covering" the team's losses this season, which
Smiley said "will exceed" $30M. Smiley added that even if
the Marlins advance to the World Series, they would see
postseason profits of "less than" $1M. Of Saturday's $1.7M
gate, the Marlins, after splits for the postseason pool, the
leagues, and the Braves, collected $226,667, "about" 13.3%.
In addition, the home team must cover all costs of staging
the games (MIAMI HERALD, 10/12). Saturday's crowd of 54,890
was a franchise record (AP/ESPN SportsZone, 10/11). Marlins
fans purchased "over" 100,000 tickets yesterday to potential
Games One & Two of the World Series, ensuring that they both
will be sellouts (Fort Lauderdale SUN-SENTINEL, 10/14).
On Sunday, NBC's Will McDonough reported that Giants GM
George Young will "step away from the Giants at the end of
this year." McDonough added that Young "isn't certain that
he wants to retire from football completely," and that he
might take a job in the league office in a "senior position"
("NFL on NBC," 10/12). Young "declined comment" yesterday.
Young: "George doesn't talk about George." But NEWSDAY's
Neil Best adds that should Young step down, Assistant GM
Ernie Accorsi "likely will succeed him" (NEWSDAY, 10/13).
Memphis-based Guardsmark Inc. has purchased 5,000
tickets to the Oilers' November 9 game against the Giants,
and Logo Athletic has "committed" to buy 1,000 tickets to
each of the Oilers' five remaining home games, according to
John Glennon of the Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL. Guardsmark
will be the title sponsor of the Giants game and the Oilers
"will promote the company throughout the game," while Logo
Athletic will be a sponsor for the Oilers-Steelers game on
December 21. Oilers Exec VP/Marketing Don MacLachlan said
the plan is for the companies to redistribute a majority of
the tickets to community youths. MacLachlan: "It will be
great public relations for them." The Oilers drew just
17,071 for their win over the Bengals on Sunday, and "have
sold" 19,246 tickets for this weekend's game against the
Redskins (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/14). On Sunday,
Oilers Owner Bud Adams said that he "expects to see bigger
crowds" in Memphis towards the end of the season and that he
will "consider changing the team's nickname prior" to the
'98 season. Adams: "We've finally got our marketing plan in
place. ... We didn't have the best draws (for the first
three home games)." As for the name change, Adams said, "I
want to see some polls, some focus studies and see what they
really want down here" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 10/13).
Kings co-Owner Edward Roski will present an outline for
a $300M financing plan for a new L.A. Coliseum to the NFL
owners' stadium committee on Tuesday in DC, according to
T.J. Simers of the L.A. TIMES. The plan "includes the
expenditure" of $150M in public funds and "relies on the use
of surplus state sales taxes." In the outline, Roski and
partner Philip Anschutz "have also factored in" a successful
citywide referendum. However, an L.A. city official said
"[w]ithout the state part of the deal, they don't have a
thing. It all hinges on getting the state money, and that's
downright speculative." In addition to the financing plan,
Roski will also present the NFL owners with a 20-year
"operational plan" for an expansion team. Roski said that
the complete stadium/team ownership package is worth "more
than" $500M, including the proposed expansion fees. But
Simers wrote that NFL insiders "continue to cling to the
hope" that Dodger Owner Peter O'Malley, upon the completion
of his deal to sell to Rupert Murdoch, would "oversee the
construction" of a football stadium in Chavez Ravine. But
Roski said, "From a developers standpoint, I do not see how
it can be done at Dodger Stadium" (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
49ERS NOT SET? Simers also reported that the 49ers
"have let it be known behind the scenes" that if they don't
get more financial assistance "by the first of the year"
they might consider moving. Team Owner Ed Debartolo
recently "took another look" at Inglewood's Hollywood Park
and there some speculate that the 49ers "might endorse" the
new Coliseum plan in order to "gain state funds" for their
own project in San Francisco (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
IS ANSCHUTZ ON WAY OUT? Simers also reported that
Anschutz "has decided to play no part in returning football
to a new Coliseum ... and has informed Roski that he will
not be party to any NFL deal, and might buy out his
partner's interest in the arena." Sources told Simers that
Anschutz does not want this known at present for fear of
"jeopardizing" the duo's arena plan. But Roski called such
speculation "absolutely incorrect. ... Phil and I are
proceeding along as always." Simers added that without
Anschutz, who "will not" attend the DC meetings, "most
suspect" that Roski "would be unable" to bear the financial
burden of bringing football to L.A (L.A. TIMES, 10/13).
Royals Chair David Glass reiterated that he "will not
resurface in the bidding process" for the Royals, despite
Frank Oddo's decision not to pursue the team and as George
Brett's "interest continues to waver," according to Jeffrey
Flanagan of the K.C. STAR. Glass said he was "disappointed"
in Oddo's decision, but there was "no way" he would get back
in the process (K.C. STAR, 10/11). Local Royals bidder
Jerry Green was profiled by Diane Stafford in Sunday's K.C.
STAR. Green, Chair of K.C.-based Union Bank, is backed by a
"much, much larger out-of-town investor" who Green says "was
approved" by MLB for a previous franchise bid. Stafford
wrote that Green primarily wants "to save the team" for K.C.
and that he "would be happy if the Brett group wants to
combine their bid with his" (K.C. STAR, 10/12).
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has given the Packers
"permission" for a proposed stock split and subsequent sale
of new shares, according to Bob McGinn of the MILWAUKEE
JOURNAL SENTINEL. The Packers first new stock sale since
1950, which could raise "up to" $80M, "will require" 67%
approval from the current shareholders. Shareholders will
vote on the stock offering, "tentatively 400,000 shares at
$200 per share," at a special meeting on November 13. The
Packers said new shareholders "would receive voting
privileges", but that current shareholders would still hold
a "substantial majority of voting rights." If approved, the
team said that the sale would begin "almost immediately."
In exchange for Tagliabue's OK, the Packers agreed to
"restrictions on how the revenue could be used,"
specifically agreeing not to use any of the funds for player
costs. The stock revenue would be "segregated from other
revenues and invested" for use when the Packers decide to
replace Lambeau Field or perhaps enlarge or restructure its
60,790-seat capacity (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 10/10).
The AP reported that details of the Packers proposal show
that the team "would split the current 10,000 shares into 10
million shares," of which 4.628 million would be held by
current stockholders. Of the remaining 5.372 million
shares, the team could then sell "up to" 1 million to new
buyers. The proposal would limit purchases to "a maximum
of" 200 new shares, and would "bar" current shareholders
with 200 or more shares from buying new shares (AP, 10/12).
On "Fox NFL Sunday," James Brown reported that "several NFL
teams are against" the proposed stock sale, as "opponents
believe the team would use the bulk of that new money" to
re-sign their young free agents (Fox, 10/12).