NFL Franchise Notes: Scrutiny Continues For Giants Amid Silence On Josh Brown Issue
On Long Island, Bob Glauber writes the "code of silence coming from the Giants" in the wake of K Josh Brown’s one-game suspension "is as mystifying as it is disturbing." Since last Wednesday the "only official comments by the organization have come" from coach Ben McAdoo, and the "stonewalling continued" yesterday. Giants Senior VP & GM Jerry Reese and President & CEO John Mara have both "said nothing." The Giants "may have a well-earned reputation for doing and saying the right things on any number of issues and for treating their players fairly over the years, but they have come up very, very small on this one" (NEWSDAY, 8/24).
MISSOURI COMPROMISE: In St. Louis, Jim Thomas notes now that the state of Missouri has "only one NFL franchise within its borders," the Chiefs would "like to add St. Louis to their realm" of fans. The "first step for the Chiefs in St. Louis is televising their preseason games" on KMOV-CBS, and broadcasting all preseason and regular season games on KMOX-AM. The Chiefs also have discussed a “wide range of other possibilities, from broadcasting auxiliary programming such as a coach’s show, to making an offseason ‘caravan’ stop in St. Louis, to even playing a preseason game there.” Chiefs President Mark Donovan said of the preseason game possibility, “It’s definitely something that’s been discussed as the outer fringe of the ideas” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 8/22).
THE CAT’S MEOW: Panthers Exec Dir of Tickets & Sponsorship Phil Youtsey said that the team is “ahead” of their ’15 luxury-seat sales numbers, in which 93% of suite capacity “was occupied, including 20 luxury boxes sold at a premium on a single-game basis.” Youtsey said that Bank of America Stadium has 153 suites, and 133 “are under contract” for ’16. In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg noted the Panthers “require suite-holders to commit to contracts of nine, 12 or 15 years” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 8/23).
THE MIGHTY QUINN: New Lions Exec VP & GM Bob Quinn joined the broadcast for the team's preseason game last Thursday, and said his reception has “been great,” and the fans have “been tremendous.” Quinn: “Whether it’s been seeing people in my neighborhood, people at the airport, they’re just dying for a winner. So we’re trying to provide that for them. It’s been a great first couple months that I’ve been here.” Asked if it is tiresome when people compare the Lions to Quinn’s previous employer, the Patriots, Quinn said, “I’m not going to take credit for what we did in New England. I might be a very, very small part of it, so if I can take a few things that I learned there and apply them here, that’s what I’m looking for” (DETROITNEWS.com, 8/20).