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Volume 26 No. 202
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Franchise Notes

THE HOCKEY NEWS' Matt Larkin wrote with entrepreneur Alex Meruelo likely to become Majority Owner of the Coyotes, the Arizona market does "make sense for the Coyotes in the long term" despite talk of potential relocation. The franchise just "enjoyed its most successful season ever from a business perspective," even though it "ranked just 27th in attendance by capacity." Houston "doesn’t ooze with that much enthusiasm, but the market is so big that it wouldn’t take an enormous chunk of the population to fill Toyota Center." It is still "reasonable to bet on the Coyotes staying in Arizona," as NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has always "seemed committed to making that dream work" (THEHOCKEYNEWS.com, 6/11).

DOCTOR'S ORDERS: In Philadelphia, Jeff McLane noted the Eagles have "parted ways with head physician and internist Stephen Stache and hired Arsh Dhanota to be their chief medical officer." Stache held the job "for just one season." The team endured a 57% increase in "players lost to injury" in the '18 regular season. Stache also is a "consultant with the 76ers." Dhanota was the Medical Dire of Nonoperative Sports Medicine at Penn Medicine and "will be in charge of the entire medical staff and will be the point person for each department" (INQUIRER.com, 6/11).

NEW AGE THINKING: In Orlando, Mike Bianchi notes the Magic are "having open tryouts for a new hip-hop dance team that will be made up of both women -- and men." The Magic are joining many other teams in "reacting and realizing it’s time to modernize and move away from the archaic idea of provocative all-women dance teams." Bianchi: "So long, Magic Dancers. You were great in your day, but your day has passed" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 6/12).