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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2011
Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has acquired wrestling franchise Ring of Honor and plans to start airing the original television wrestling match programs on its network of stations in September, the Hunt Valley broadcaster said Monday. Besides producing weekly TV programs, Ring of Honor also stages live events around the country for a pay-per-view audience. The TV programs will be broadcast on CW, MYTV and Fox affiliates that are owned or operated by Sinclair. Sinclair's 22 percent coverage of U.S. TV households will help the franchise boost its name brand recognition while giving Sinclair revenue from advertising, product sponsorships, Internet pay-per-view, live events and merchandise sales, such as DVDs, said Steve Marks, chief operating officer of Sinclair's television group.
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Peter Schmuck | September 21, 2014
The thousands of Ravens fans who lined up along the lower concourse at M&T Bank Stadium the past two days came to exchange their Ray Rice jerseys, but what they got, in a sense, was a face-to-face apology from a team that still has some explaining to do. Which should remind us of an old saying that seems particularly apropos at this embarrassing moment in the history of what had been a model sports franchise: Every 24 hours, the world turns over...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2013
The Boston Red Sox beat up the Orioles pretty harshly Friday night, winning, 12-3. But Orioles first baseman Chris Davis continued to make club history. Davis homered in the sixth inning against Boston right-hander Clay Buchholz for his 53rd of the season. That pads his single-season franchise record; he also set the mark for most home runs in a season in Baltimore with his 28th at Camden Yards in 2013. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson had 27 in 1966 at Memorial Stadium. Strangely, Davis is currently all by himself in 26th place for most homers in an MLB season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
With 23 Orioles greats gathered Friday at Camden Yards for the franchise's 60th-anniversary celebration, there were plenty of stories told about the glory days. But there was also a sense that maybe, finally, more magical Orioles moments are coming. "I've seen the caliber of players on all the other teams. No reason we can't win this division," Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson said of the 2014 Orioles. "After that, it's a little pot luck. That's all. You got to play well. You are going to face better pitching.
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By Andrew Leckey and Andrew Leckey,Tribune Media | January 8, 1992
Recession has given a surprising shot in the arm to the growth of franchise ownership.Increasing executive layoffs mean a greater number of highly qualified Americans are considering franchises. Displaced workers often receive a cash payoff when they leave their original firm, and they are likely to have built up equity in their home which they can borrow against to get started.As a result, the franchise industry is growing 6 percent to 10 percent annually.Standards for buying into a franchise have become more difficult, and the more mature and successful a company is, the pickier it is. While the typical franchise can cost anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000, some cost more than $400,000 and others are as low as $4,000.
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By Everett Cook and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
The Ravens are the 18th-most valuable sports franchise in the world, according to Forbes' list of the World's Most Valuable Sports Teams. The Ravens, who have made the playoffs the past four years and are owned by Steve Bisciotti, are valued at $1.09 billion dollars. The NFL, as usual, was represented well on the Forbes list. All 32 teams were on the list of 50 organizations, including two of the top five. According to the list, the Ravens are the 10th-most valuable NFL franchise, behind the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Houston Texans, Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers.
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July 20, 1992
The new National Professional Soccer League franchise in Baltimore has set single-game and season-ticket prices for the 1992-93 season.The franchise will play 20 home games at the Baltimore Arena, beginning Nov. 7.The franchise begins operations today in offices on the third floor of the Arena. Information may be obtained by calling (410) 625-2320.There will be five ticket prices: $13 for seats in selected sections of the lower and middle concourses; $12 for all remaining lower and middle concourse seats; $10 for seats on the stage and behind the goal; $8 for upper concourse seats facing the field; and $4 for obstructed-view seats in the upper concourse.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2011
The Greene Turtle keeps reproducing. The McHenry Row location in Locust Point will be opening in a matter of weeks, and a Pasadena location opened quietly at the end of October on Magothy Beach Road. The Pasadena location is operated by James King, a former member of the Maryland General Assembly, who owns both Kaufmann's Tavern and King Catering in Gambrills. Including McHenry Row, that makes, by my count, 30 Greene Turtles. Pretty impressive for the Md.-based sports-bar franchise, which first opened in Ocean City 1976.
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By Jon Fogg, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2013
Andrew Wasik scored 3:17 into overtime on a two-man advantage to give the Baltimore Bombers a 17-16 win in their North American Lacrosse League franchise debut against the Boston Rockhoppers before about 1,300 fans at New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass., on Saturday night. The Bombers came back from a 14-12 deficit heading into the fourth quarter to take a 16-14 lead in the final period of regulation before the Rockhoppers (1-1) tied it at 16 on a goal by Tim Fallon with 2:47 left, sending the contest to a 15-minute, sudden-death extra session.
NEWS
August 30, 1996
Little Professor Book Center in Carrolltown Center recently was honored at Little Professor's national convention in Grand Rapids, Mich.The store won the Professor's Choice Award, given to owners who have excelled in six areas, and the Marketing Award, for excellence in all aspects of marketing.Frank Spruill owns the Eldersburg franchise of Little Professor Book Center.Franchise owners attending the convention met with publishers and book distributors and attended workshops and seminars.Pub Date: 8/30/96
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By John Altavilla and Tribune Newspapers | August 6, 2014
History tells us the first documented version of lacrosse was played by native tribes inhabiting North America in the 1630s. Legend says the rules of the ancient sport were devised to help sharpen the focus, dexterity and courage of young warriors. Needless to say, much has changed over the past four centuries with a sport whose popularity seems to grow each year, especially in the wealthier suburbs where kids play it and parents watch it. But it was certainly intuition and opportunity that led the Mohegan Sun's Tribal Gaming Authority to pursue the sport's indoor professional league as a tenant for its arena, home of concerts and basketball games.
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By Jon Fogg and The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Update: The Wings name and logo will stay in Philadelphia, according to Inside Lacrosse . Last month, NLL commissioner George Daniel issued a statement saying the league hopes to land a new ownership group and arena deal there. " To all of the Philadelphia Wings fans, keep the faith,” the statement read. ************************** The Philadelphia Wings of the indoor National Lacrosse League have been purchased by the Mohegan Sun Tribal Gaming Authority and will move to Connecticut for the 2014-2015 season, according to multiple reports.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's a distinct dichotomy that surrounds Orioles center fielder Adam Jones in Baltimore. He is the club's most consistent performer and surely one of its most ardent community ambassadors. His No. 10 jersey is the most prevalent on any given night in the stands at Camden Yards. On a team known for its grittiness, no one plays harder or more often. On Monday night, Jones competed in the annual Home Run Derby, hitting three home runs in the second round but didn't advance to the final. On Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis, Jones will join teammates Nelson Cruz and the injured Matt Wieters - all of whom were elected to start by the fans - in representing the Orioles at baseball's annual All-Star Game.
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June 19, 2014
Professional sports is not a rational undertaking. Fans will pay astronomical ticket prices, build palace-like billion-dollar stadiums for their teams and tattoo on their bodies the names of players who are themselves wholly indifferent to where they are playing. In the U.S., the most extreme example of such extreme behavior can be found around the National Football League, the nation's unofficial religion on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays and some Saturdays, too. Just 40 miles to the south, the debate in Washington over the naming of that city's NFL franchise is threatening to reach levels of absurdity and national disgrace.
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June 13, 2014
What a contrast there's been in the responses by Baltimore sports teams' management to inappropriate behavior by their professional athletes ( "Manny Machado 'needs to re-establish himself as a big leaguer,' Dan Duquette says," June 10). Here we have Mr. Machado, whose misbehavior involved slinging a bat down the third base line, and general manager Dan Duquette is already talking about sending him back to the minors. Then we have Ray Rice, who by all accounts knocked his then girlfriend out cold, and the Ravens' response is not to respond at all. Other then the sanctions by the NFL, Mr. Rice faces no repercussions from the Ravens organization.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2014
When you play nine seasons with one club, and you are a career .293 hitter, eventually you are going to start moving up the organization's all-time lists. With a single in the first inning and a double in the seventh Thursday, right fielder Nick Markakis tied and then passed former teammate Brian Roberts for seventh on the Orioles' all-time hits list with 1,453. Next up for Markakis is sixth place and longtime right fielder Ken Singleton, who leads Markakis by two hits. The rest of the list is a "who's who" in Orioles' lore: Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. is the organization's all-time leader with 3,184 hits.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 5, 1996
The Delmarva Shorebirds, Maryland's newest minor-league team, won the first game in franchise history last night, defeating the host Charleston (S.C.) RiverDogs, 5-4.Maryland's other South Atlantic League team, the Hagerstown Suns, dropped their season opener last night to the host Savannah Sand Gnats, 6-1.Pub Date: 4/05/96
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By Glenn P. Graham | December 2, 2000
The National Professional Soccer League has ceased operations of the Edmonton Drillers, a franchise in the league since 1988, effective immediately, according to commissioner Steve Ryan. The league, which took over operations of the franchise on Nov. 15 on an interim basis after Edmonton ownership failed to meet payroll obligations, was unable to find new local ownership. The league is now working on revising the remainder of the 2000-2001 schedule. It will also conduct a re-entry draft for the Edmonton players on Monday afternoon, providing them with an opportunity to finish the season with other teams in the league.
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Mike Preston | March 3, 2014
The Ravens made a smart move by not putting the franchise tag on left offensive tackle Eugene Monroe on Monday. That's a designation used on a player who is one of the best at his position. Monroe isn't in that class. Oh, he's good. And in the prime of his career, he deserves a hefty, long-term contract. But if the Ravens had tagged him the franchise player and hadn't gotten a long-term deal by July 15, they would have had to pay him $11.654 million for the coming season. If the Ravens don't reach a deal with Monroe before the new league year begins March 11, he will become an unrestricted free agent.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
The NFL's annual offseason free agent spending spree won't officially get underway until March 11, but the Ravens will have a $6.7 million decision to make within the next couple of weeks. Or is it an $11.5 million decision? The Ravens' evaluation of whether to use the franchise tag on tight end Dennis Pitta is complicated by the uncertainty of exactly how much it would cost. Would Pitta fall under the franchise tag number for a tight end or a wide receiver, a difference of nearly $5 million?
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