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Volume 24 No. 200
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Franchise Notes

In Atlanta, Doug Roberson noted Atlanta United has "yet to announce" tonight's game against the Revolution at Mercedes-Benz Stadium has been sold out, which would "snap a string of 10 consecutive sellouts" for the club. A sellout at the stadium, with the "upper deck curtained off, is 42,500." Meanwhile, the club on Saturday will "try to set an MLS record for attendance" when it hosts Orlando City. The upper deck of the stadium will be open for that match. The current single-game attendance record is 69,255 for a Galaxy-MetroStars match at the Rose Bowl in '96 (AJC.com, 9/12).

WINNING CURES ALL: In S.F., Eric Branch writes the biggest issue with Levi's Stadium "hasn't been the traffic, turf or temperature." Branch: "It has been the tenants." The 49ers are 9-16 at home "since moving there" in '14, and yesterday "marked the one-year anniversary of their last win at Levi's." This is "not to dismiss real problems." But winning "cures a lot, if not everything." And the "lack of success at Levi's has significantly amplified the complaining about its imperfections" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 9/13).

FOREVER & ALWAYS
: Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson said he "could have owned other teams" and "turned down three jobs" before joining the Lakers. Johnson said, "My good friends, (Warriors co-Owners) Peter (Guber) and Joe (Lacob) they bought the Golden State Warriors, they came to me and said I want you to be an owner and partner with us. I said, 'No, I'm a Laker.'" Johnson also said Pistons Owner Tom Gores tried to persuade him to join the team since he is a "Michigan State guy." Johnson: "They said, 'Come on home, it'll be a great story.' I can't, I'm a Laker" ("First Take," ESPN, 9/12).