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Volume 25 No. 214
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Franchise Notes

In S.F., Ann Killion writes "nobody has it as bad" as Raiders fans, who have been "screwed over by not one, but two generations" of the Davis family. Now, it "looks like Christmas Eve will be the final home game" in Oakland. Killion: "You can blame the city of Oakland for filing the lawsuit against the team this week and forcing the Raiders’ hand. Or you can blame [Owner Mark] Davis and his minions for pulling a tentative agreement to play in Oakland in 2019 off the table in the wake of the lawsuit. Or you can blame the NFL, which has been using Oakland as a pawn for years" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/14).

LAST CALL? In Tampa, Martin Fennelly in the wake of an Ybor City ballpark deal collapsing this week wrote he does not believe MLB "wants a baseball team" in the market and is "not sure" Rays Owner Stuart Sternberg wants one either. Fennelly: "I'm not sure Tampa Bay wants a baseball team in Tampa Bay. ... Jeff Vinik, can you hear me?" Sternberg, who has "done well by this franchise, wouldn't move this team," as he is "too much of a purist." But "he'd sell it to someone who would, or to baseball itself, which would then do the deed" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 12/13).

PHILLY CONNECTION: PRO SOCCER USA's Joe Tansey noted the Union will have a "unique jersey asset" for the '19 season to help celebrate their 10th MLS campaign. The club "teamed up with local celebrities" to "design a set of emblems that reside on the neck portion" of the white secondary jersey. Every day through Dec. 22, the club will "release a new pack of designs from a different local celebrity, and the neck tag with the most votes each day will be added to the collection" for the '19 season (PROSOCCERUSA.com, 12/12).