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Volume 26 No. 178
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Franchise Notes

In Phoenix, Kent Somers writes the past year "has not been fun" for NFL Cardinals President Michael Bidwill or the team, and they have "no one to blame but themselves." Saturday night's arrest of Exec VP & COO Ron Minegar on suspicion of DUI is "just the latest indiscretion" for the team. Minegar, 60, is "one of Bidwill’s closest advisers, and often the one called upon to smooth feathers after Bidwill had ruffled them." Somers' "guess is that Minegar will keep his job and face discipline similar" to that of GM Steve Keim, who was arrested last year and later plead guilty to DUI charges (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 8/13).

ROAD WARRIORS: The MLB Rangers "won’t open" the '20 season at the new Globe Life Field, which is "just the way they wanted it." The Rangers will be "on the road to start the year" at the Mariners on March 26, which "satisfied the Rangers’ primary request of the schedule-makers." After the "short delay before the Globe Life Field 'official' opener, there will be plenty of early-season home games to satisfy novelty seekers." The Rangers "play 18 of their first 30 at home, including a stretch of 12 of 18" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 8/13).

NOTES: The "magic" which surrounds the Mets' second half turnaround "doesn't even stop at the ballpark." It can be felt "in the streets." The Yankees are "running away with the AL East and should top 100 wins," but it is the Mets that "everyone wants to talk about." Fans are "flocking to the stadium," and when waiting for the subway, they are the team that is "on everyone's lips" (MLB.com, 8/12)....Accelerate Sports served as Sell-Side Advisor for former Coyotes Owner Andrew Barroway in his sale of the team to new Owner Alex Meruelo (Accelerate Sports).