NBA: The off-the-court troubles of the NBA Wizards are
examined by Mike Wise on the front-page of the N.Y. TIMES.
Wise reports that the Wizards' "informal contract with the
city has turned out to be worse than the empty cliche it has
often been elsewhere. ... [F]or many fans in the city, the
Wizards, rather than an example of rebirth, have been one
more expensive failure" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/14). In S.F., David
Steele wrote that crowds at the MCI Center "are dwindling
and growing hostile," while the "immediate future of the
franchise is suddenly grim" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/14)....The
T'Wolves, who had a 96% season-ticket renewal rate last
year, are finishing current renewals and project a rate of
92%-93% (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 4/14).
NOTE: Columbus, OH, investors in the NHL Blue Jackets
"won a major victory" when a federal judge ruled that a
legal dispute over ownership of the team must be tried in
Franklin County, OH, Common Pleas Court. The trial is
expected to begin April 20 (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 4/10).