Franchises

WFT surveying season-ticket holders with nickname options

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
The Washington Football Team has "started surveying season-ticket holders about what new nicknames they prefer," setting the stage for a "potential name change as early as the 2022 season," according to Drew Hansen of the WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL. Season-ticket holders have "received emails with a list of about 10...

Islanders sell over 90% of season tickets at UBS Arena for inaugural season

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
More than 90% of Islanders season tickets at the still-under-construction UBS Arena at Belmont Park, including the entire upper bowl, "have sold out," according to Andrew Gross of NEWSDAY. The arena, targeted to open in November, will have a capacity of 17,113 for hockey. Islanders Senior VP/Sales, Service &...

Canucks' season restart delayed to give team more recovery time

Daily / Friday, April 16, 2021
The Canucks "will not play" the Oilers on Friday night at Rogers Arena, as previously scheduled, and their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at Rogers Arena is "also expected to be postponed," according to Patrick Johnston of the Vancouver PROVINCE. The NHL said that the...

Twins look to be on cutting edge of sports, tech with business accelerator program

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Twins Exec VP/ Brand Strategy & Growth Joe Pohlad said that the team's new business accelerator program with Techstars  "will enable the organization to embed itself at the intersection of technology, sports and entertainment" and will help the team "increase and diversify its fan base," according to Nick Williams...

NFL Franchise Notes: Seahawks continue to prize front-office stability

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The Seahawks signed team President Chuck Arnold to a contract extension through '27, and in Seattle, Bob Condotta writes it is the "latest in a series of moves the team has made in recent months to assure stability among upper management positions in the organization." Coach Pete Carroll "signed...

Chicago Red Stars try to put focus on season amid NWSL investigation

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
The NWSL’s investigation into Chicago Red Stars D Sarah Gorden’s claim that she and her boyfriend were racially profiled by security at BBVA Stadium in Houston last weekend "looms heavily" over the team as it prepares to host its home opener today, according to Annie Costabile...

Canucks players push back on plan to resume season

Daily / Thursday, April 15, 2021
Several Canucks, "emboldened by teammate J.T. Miller," told the NHLPA that they "thought it was too soon to resume their season on Friday night, as is currently scheduled," according to Elliotte Friedman of SPORTSNET.ca. Miller yesterday "criticized the decision to play" the Oilers after "just one team practice."...

Taylor: Signed contract includes clause to keep T'Wolves in town

Daily / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
T’Wolves Owner Glen Taylor yesterday reiterated that there is “language in the agreement he made with prospective new owners Alex Rodriguez and Mark Lore to keep the Wolves in Minnesota,” according to Chris Hine of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE. During an appearance on WCCO-AM, Taylor said that Rodriguez and...

Fans at Staples Center must be vaccinated or have proof of negative test

Daily / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Staples Center will welcome back fans for the first time in over 13 months when the Lakers host the Celtics tomorrow night, and the around 2,000 attendees must either be "fully vaccinated according to CDC guidelines or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within the previous 72 hours"...

Source: Jazz Owner Smith in talks with MLS on buying Real Salt Lake

Daily / Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Jazz Owner Ryan Smith is "still engaged" with MLS about "potentially buying" Real Salt Lake, according to a source cited by Stejskal & Tenorio of THE ATHLETIC. Sources "did not detail whether Smith and the league have begun to seriously negotiate a potential price for the organization," which, in...