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The Most At-Risk Sports Teams (Tigers, Bills, WNBA, Jaguars, NASCAR, Cubs - bailout or Hail Mary?)
Money Central ^ | 7/18/09 | Minyanville

Posted on 07/18/2009 2:43:53 PM PDT by Libloather

The Most At-Risk Sports Teams
By Minyanville

In the U.S., love of sport is fanatical. Our major-league obsessions are so intense we often forget that our favorite teams have a purpose higher than winning games: turning a profit. Pro sports franchises are businesses like any other, and sometimes businesses struggle, limp along or die off.

What will it take to keep the cowbells ringing in Sacramento? Can hockey survive in the desert? Will small-market football teams have to pack their bags?

Minyanville presents sports teams at risk of relocation -- or worse. And with the economy in question, saving them could take more than a Hail Mary.

(Meanwhile, some teams are better off than they seem. Even though the Chicago Cubs are considering a bankruptcy filing, they are not going to disappear and are highly unlikely to move.)

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: america; bills; cubs; jaguars; nascar; profit; sports; team

Here's the list -

Jacksonville Jaguars
The WNBA
New York Islanders
Sacramento Kings
Phoenix Coyotes
Detroit Tigers
NASCAR
Los Angeles Clippers
Buffalo Bills
Texas Rangers

For the record, my V-chip blocks out anything and everything about the WNBA.

1 posted on 07/18/2009 2:43:54 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Bread and circus is a waste of time while our time is running out for a free country.
2 posted on 07/18/2009 2:46:32 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Obama is an illegal alien)
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To: Libloather

I think it is about time.


3 posted on 07/18/2009 2:48:34 PM PDT by cpprfld (Who said accountants are boring?)
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To: Libloather

Tigers have held the ALC lead since late May and that can’t hurt.


4 posted on 07/18/2009 2:50:54 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: Libloather

I hear this recycled speculation from time to time about my beloved Jaguars. A 9-7 record will squelch this speculation.


5 posted on 07/18/2009 2:57:11 PM PDT by wisenheimers_kid
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To: Libloather

One big one missing:

IRL


6 posted on 07/18/2009 3:04:40 PM PDT by Para-Ord.45
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To: Libloather
The Detroit Tigers are one of the original 16 major league baseball teams and they are in contention in their division. The Jax Jags are regarded as a model franchise with a high income stadium, but they have not drafted wisely in recent years. If these teams are in trouble, then none of the other majors is safe.

We really have fallen upon hard times.

7 posted on 07/18/2009 3:05:35 PM PDT by MaPitt
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To: Para-Ord.45

The fact that the IRL isn’t even considered indicates to me that it ranks below the WNBA.


8 posted on 07/18/2009 3:15:00 PM PDT by hotshu (Keep the Faith, that will be the only thing 0bama doesn't take from us.)
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To: Libloather

The Clippers? A pro team? Who knew!


9 posted on 07/18/2009 3:16:57 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: Libloather

I’m surprised Florida Marlins don’t make the list


10 posted on 07/18/2009 3:25:44 PM PDT by gusopol3
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To: Libloather; All
My prediction:
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars: LA Jaguars
2. Buffalo Bills: Toronto Bills.
11 posted on 07/18/2009 3:30:58 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: bmwcyle; All

People do need to have fun you twit..


12 posted on 07/18/2009 3:31:51 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: KevinDavis
My prediction:
1. The Jacksonville Jaguars: LA Jaguars

Funded by whom? Madoff? Cally is WAY broke...

13 posted on 07/18/2009 3:35:37 PM PDT by Libloather (Tea Totaler, PROUD Birther)
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To: Libloather
I look for George W. Bush and Nolan Ryan to soon own the Texas Rangers.
14 posted on 07/18/2009 3:37:28 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: Libloather

Phoenix Coyotes. Probably in the worst shape of all.


15 posted on 07/18/2009 3:43:29 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: KevinDavis

Sports is the best thing about Detroit these days. In the last two years in a row I went to a Tiger game and both times it was a sellout crowd. Something like 3 million fans so far this year.

One thing that helps is the fact that Windsor sends a lot of fans to Detroit sporting events. The Canadians in the area seem to feel a greater loyalty to Detroit teams than to Toronto sports teams.


16 posted on 07/18/2009 3:52:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Seniors, the new shovel ready project under socialized medicine.)
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To: cripplecreek; All

I figure once an NFL moves into Canada, the CFL is dead..


17 posted on 07/18/2009 3:57:08 PM PDT by KevinDavis (Can't Stop the Signal!)
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To: cripplecreek
You gotta admit, Dombrowski/Illitch have made some p*ss poor trades and contract decisions the last couple of years.

1. NY Yankees $201,449,189

2. NY Mets $147,417,987

3. Chicago Cubs $134,809,000

4. Boston $121,745,999

5. Detroit $115,085,145

And their(Tigers)top ten salary players

1. Magglio Ordonez $18,971,596...he's finished

2. Miguel Cabrera $14,383,049...not bad

3. Jeremy Bonderman $12,500,000...head case...he's finished

4 a. Carlos Guillen $10,000,000...he's hurt, he's slow

4 b. Dontrelle Willis $10,000,000...LOL! x 10m

6. Nate Robertson $7,000,000...LOL! x 7m

7. Brandon Inge $6,300,000...1 good season...maybe

8. Placido Polanco $4,600,000...solid, but slowing down

9. Brandon Lyon $4,250,000...UNNNGH!

10. Justin Verlander $3,675,000...we'll see

And what are they paying Shef... to play in New York??? $14,000,000

Seems Dombrowski is trying to drain Illitch like Obama is draining the rest of America.

Almost forgot...

21. Joel Zumaya $735,000...should be the water boy

22. Zach Miner $437,500...should be the asst. water boy

18 posted on 07/18/2009 3:59:31 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I hear the words of Jefferson louder and louder as each day passes)
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To: Libloather

NASCAR has taken a big hit in the past years with ratings. I can’t figure it out except that people are not watching it anymore.


19 posted on 07/18/2009 4:17:32 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
I can’t figure it out except that people are not watching it anymore.

The "Car of Tomorrow" and "The Young Guns," that's why. The only guy left who I care about is Mark Martin. Bring back the days of Sterling Marlin, Dale Sr., Rusty Wallace, Harry Gant, Dick Trickle, Richard Petty, the Allison brothers and DW. These slick kids have no personalities and the cars are a joke.

20 posted on 07/18/2009 4:24:35 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century. I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Dysart

I look for George W. Bush and Nolan Ryan to soon own the Texas Rangers.


Why not since Bush and Hicks are neighbors. I did read an article from a couple months ago where Hicks maybe selling up to a 49% interest in the Rangers......


21 posted on 07/18/2009 4:26:52 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Hicks is in some dire financial straits- he would like to retain a majority but I don’t know if he’ll be able to swing it.


22 posted on 07/18/2009 4:37:10 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: Libloather

A couple predictions...

WNBA = Too Big To Fail

Buffalo Bills move to North Korea as the “Kim Jung Bills”

NY Islanders send hockey to Hawaii as the Hawaii Islanders.


23 posted on 07/18/2009 4:51:48 PM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: wisenheimers_kid

Finally a fellow Jags fan on FR! I’m excited for the team with Gene Smith at the GM post now. Looks like we had a good if not great draft and the next couple of years should see the arrow pointing up for the team. Winning will solve all problems in Jax.


24 posted on 07/19/2009 3:19:41 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Refugee from the World of Doomed Olsens)
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To: Zack Attack
WNBA = Too Big To Fail

What's the WNBA?

Is that the thing where girls play something that looks a little like basketball in empty arenas?

25 posted on 07/19/2009 3:27:56 AM PDT by Jim Noble (I hope Sarah will start a 2nd party soon)
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To: napscoordinator
NASCAR has taken a big hit in the past years with ratings. I can’t figure it out except that people are not watching it anymore.

The sports most popular driver, #88, is laying an egg...and yes, the car of tomorrow, well....

But the biggest problem is their push a few years back to make NASCAR popular among the hollywood devotes...too much commercialism and showmanship...chasing the old-time southern fans away, those who hate PC anything and liked the spit, swearing, smash-em-up's the way it used to be are getting bored, if not completely turned off.

26 posted on 07/19/2009 12:27:30 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (I hear the words of Jefferson louder and louder as each day passes)
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To: MaPitt

Even when the Jags play well they have a hard time filling the stadium. They started covering 10,000 seats in 2004, they’ve made the playoffs twice since then, still not helping.


27 posted on 07/19/2009 12:39:30 PM PDT by discostu (Jeff's imagination has gone beyond the fringe of audience comprehension)
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To: KevinDavis

I think the Bills will move to San Antonio before they go to Toronto. The Saints sold out the Alamodome for their three games here in ‘05, and nowhere is more football-hungry than the heart of Texas. The only thing stopping it is Jerry Jones — he doesn’t want to risk losing Cowboys fans.


28 posted on 07/31/2009 8:42:04 AM PDT by MikeD (We live in a world where babies are like velveteen rabbits that only become real if they are loved.)
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To: RckyRaCoCo
For the last few years I have joked that it should be illegal for NASCAR to have races north of the Mason-Dixon Line and west of the Mississippi River.

After getting a few glimpses of the stands for the California races makes me think there may be some truth in my attempt at humor.

With Jr not being being competitive at the end of races that does not help attendance at the tracks or viewers on TV.

When Jr Nation was wearing red it was amazing to see the number of fans that left the track when Jr went to the garage.

29 posted on 08/15/2009 1:10:14 PM PDT by TYVets
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