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Volume 24 No. 160


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter are now "working to make a joint bid for the Marlins," according to sources cited by Gasparino & Schwartz of FOX BUSINESS. Sources said that the duo decided to "join forces over the past week, in order to pool resources," for a bid that is likely to top $1B. Bush and Jeter could "face a competing bid from an investor group led by Tagg Romney," the son of former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Tagg Romney is Managing Partner at Boston-based investment firm Solamere Capital. It is "unclear if Mitt Romney will play a direct role in any potential bid from this group." Sources said that Morgan Stanley may also "directly play a role in the deal." Marlins Owner Jeffrey Loria has "expressed interest in selling the team since late last year." Sources said that while the "timetable is fluid, any deal could be completed as soon as May of this year" (, 4/19). BLOOMBERG NEWS' Scott Soshnick cited a source as saying that bids for the Marlins were "due last week" and came in between $1.2-1.3B (BLOOMBERG NEWS, 4/19). In Miami, Douglas Hanks writes the "buyer derby may come down to who is able to offer" Loria the "richest offer." MLB owners "must approve team sales, giving the league’s front office influence in who Loria picks to take over the Marlins." Sources said that Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross is "interested in buying the Marlins if Loria would drop his price" (MIAMI HERALD, 4/20).

While the Penguins are trying to become the first Stanley Cup champion to repeat since '98, the objective for the club's marketing group is to "put as much effort into creating a memorable event as the Penguins' show on the ice," according to Kevin Allen of USA TODAY. The Penguins began showing playoff games on the big screen outside of PPG Paints Arena in '08 after team VP/Marketing James Santilli "witnessed a Bassmaster fishing tournament showing the weighing of fish" on a similar type of screen. For tonight’s Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Game 5 against the Blue Jackets, fans will "begin staking out space" at 3:00pm ET for a 7:30pm start. Season-ticket holder Jackee Ging said that the Penguins have "created a new generation of younger fans with their efforts." Penguins President & CEO David Morehouse has "made it his tradition to wander into the crowd to give away two free tickets inside the arena to randomly chosen fans." As important as the big-screen tradition is, it is only "one element of playoff planning." Banners are "placed all over the city." In this round, "bus trips and plane trips to Columbus were planned." Promotional T-shirts and towels have to be "ordered for every game, even though no one knows how many games will be played." This year, the Penguins worked with Dick’s Sporting Goods to have 40,000 team yard signs "distributed around the area." The Penguins have 150 corporate partners, and Penguins Senior VP/Sales & Broadcasting Terry Kalna said he knows it is playoff time when “every single partner is totally available to come to whatever you invite them to" (USA TODAY, 4/20).

In Milwaukee, James Nelson notes the "return of playoff basketball will bring an amped-up atmosphere and much larger than usual crowd" for tonight's Raptors-Bucks NBA First Round Game 3 at BMO Harris Bradley Center. The Bucks "recently began a push for season ticket sales" for their new arena, which is expected to open for the '18-19 season. Bucks President Peter Feigin also noted that the local TV broadcast of Tuesday's Game 2 was the "highest-rated game ever" for FS Wisconsin (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/20). 

FAN DISCONNECT? In Philadelphia, Marcus Hayes wrote under the header, "Sixers' Bryan Colangelo Is Too Slick For His Own Good." The team's President of Basketball Operations "believed his Ivy League vocabulary, his tailor-made wardrobe and his striking Mediterranean features would distract the proletariat." That "slick veneer might have helped him on Wall Street, but it doesn't mean squat" in Philadelphia. Hayes: "Colangelo needed to be transparent, sympathetic and diplomatic. He was opaque, indifferent and dismissive. Maybe he will learn. Maybe he won't" (, 4/19). 

SAFETY FIRST: In Denver, Mark Kiszla noted Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni accused Sporting KC of "lax security that allowed unruly fans to instigate" a April 9 postgame confrontation for which Rapids G Tim Howard is "being blamed." Mastroeni: "After the game, there are fans in this tunnel where players are walking. It’s like me walking a foot away from an angry fan who has been drinking all game long and is saying, ‘Howard, you suck!’ What do you say? What do you do?” (DENVER POST, 4/19).