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Volume 25 No. 45
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Franchise Notes

ESPN.com's Darren Rovell reported no other NBA team has "sold more than the 2,200 new full season-ticket packages the Bucks sold for next season." Bucks Senior VP/Ticket Sales & Service Jamie Morningstar said that total season tickets sold as of yesterday was 8,400, and that the team is on pace to "sell 10,000 season tickets for the first time in team history." As of Friday, the team had "sold out all 67 suites and lofts" in its new arena. Those contracts "range from three- to 12-year commitments and include every event in the venue" (ESPN.com, 6/11).

SILVER ANNIVERSARY: In Miami, Greg Cote wrote the Marlins "celebrate their 25th Anniversary Weekend following another offseason fire sale that has the club unsurprisingly in the midst of a start-over season wrought by lousy crowds and on pace to top 100 losses." It is a "reminder that what modest legacy this franchise does have must be grown." It is a reminder of CEO Derek Jeter's "obligation and responsibility." Marlins fans "are a hidden, dormant army waiting to be engaged" (MIAMI HERALD, 6/10).

CITY-WIDE PRIDE: PRO SOCCER USA's Jordan Culver noted Orlando City recently "announced the 'Pride in Our City' initiative to honor the victims" of the '16 Pulse nightclub shooting. The team will "donate a portion of sales from tickets and special merchandise to five local nonprofits." The "Pride in Our City" merchandise is "now available in The Den" -- the team's merchandise store -- and online. Orlando City will donate 25% of "sales from the merchandise to the five nonprofits." The NWSL Pride will "wear rainbow numbers on their jerseys for their June 16 match" against club Sky Blue (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 6/11).

MINOR REBRANDING: In Las Vegas, Betsy Helfand notes the Triple-A PCL Las Vegas 51s "first announced plans to rebrand for next season in April." The team's owners have "filed 20 different trademarks applications for what appears to be a potential new name for the club -- the Las Vegas Aviators." Team President & COO Don Logan said that this was done to "prevent cybersquatting and that Aviators remains in the mix, along with four or five other names." A spokesperson from the Howard Hughes Corp., which owns the team, "did not return a call for comment" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 6/12).