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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,Staff Writer | May 12, 1993
The NFL is committed to setting a "realistic" franchise fee that will accurately reflect expected revenues but not unduly burden the expansion teams it expects to name this fall, a league official said.Team owners on committees devoted to expansion and finance met jointly for four hours yesterday in New York to discuss the entry fee that will be charged the new team owners. No fee was set, but estimates have ranged from $125 million to $200 million."We're trying to put two successful franchises in place," Roger Goodell, vice president of operations for the NFL, said after the meeting.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 28, 2013
Expect to see a lot more Smoothie Kings pop up over the next couple of years. The New Orleans-based franchise company wants to open 10 new stores in the Baltimore area, part of a push to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations in five years. The chain now has more than 500 stores, but considers the mid-Atlantic a strong growth area. It's specifically targeting Baltimore, Washington and New York. Besides smoothies, the stores offer energy bars, snacks and vitamin supplements.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | November 10, 2006
DETROIT -- Just in time for Veterans Day, Mike Ilitch, Little Caesars' founder, plans to launch a program that would make it easier for American veterans to open their own pizza businesses. The Little Caesars Veterans Program offers a reduction on the franchise fee, credit on the first equipment order and financing. The offer is even better for disabled veterans, who would have the entire $20,000 franchise fee waived for their first store. Honorably discharged veterans will receive up to $10,000 in benefits toward starting a Little Caesars franchise.
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By McClatchy-Tribune | November 10, 2006
DETROIT -- Just in time for Veterans Day, Mike Ilitch, Little Caesars' founder, plans to launch a program that would make it easier for American veterans to open their own pizza businesses. The Little Caesars Veterans Program offers a reduction on the franchise fee, credit on the first equipment order and financing. The offer is even better for disabled veterans, who would have the entire $20,000 franchise fee waived for their first store. Honorably discharged veterans will receive up to $10,000 in benefits toward starting a Little Caesars franchise.
NEWS
March 1, 1992
In Wednesday's cable TV chart comparing costs, Prestige's new basic monthly charge will be $21.50; the 3 percent franchise fee is added to that, as well as to all other charges, as the story said.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1992
The following Maryland companies, which represent about half the Maryland companies expanding by franchising, will take part in the International Franchise Expo in Washington this weekend, according to the International Franchise Association.The expo will be held 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets are $15 at the door, $25 for all three days.Parcel PlusAnnapolis, (410) 266-3200Established: 1986Company-owned units: 4Franchised units: 51Specializes in packaging, mailing, business support services and big-cargo shipping.
NEWS
December 7, 1991
The two cable television systems with monopolies on service in Baltimore and Baltimore County have announced rate increases effective in January and February.Subscribers to Baltimore County's Comcast Cablevision will see their rates increase on Jan. 1 by as much as 10 percent, according to a letter sent to cable subscribers this week with their monthly bills.According to the letter, signed by Comcast area vice president Stephen A. Burch, the rate for Preferred Basic Service, which offers about 40 channels, will rise from $20.90 to $22.99 a month.
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By Phyllis Brill and Phyllis Brill,Sun Staff Writer | September 25, 1994
Comcast owes Harford County more than $7,100 in additional franchise fees for fiscal 1994, according to a review of cable television franchise-fee revenue by County Council auditor Michael Treherne.Comcast has agreed to pay the county $3,800, but it is balking at paying the rest of the money.Mr. Treherne, who conducted the audit at the council's request, said miscalculations by Comcast short-changed the county by $3,378 in revenue percentages and $3,800 in misallocations.He reported that the cable TV company paid the Harford County government $332,302 in franchise fees for fiscal 1994.
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By Ellie Baublitz and Ellie Baublitz,Staff writer | February 12, 1992
The Town Council Monday denied requests by Prestige Cable Televisionto increase the franchise fee and to return several channels reserved for towns as part of the company's franchise agreement."
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 28, 2013
Expect to see a lot more Smoothie Kings pop up over the next couple of years. The New Orleans-based franchise company wants to open 10 new stores in the Baltimore area, part of a push to add 1,000 new franchised and corporate locations in five years. The chain now has more than 500 stores, but considers the mid-Atlantic a strong growth area. It's specifically targeting Baltimore, Washington and New York. Besides smoothies, the stores offer energy bars, snacks and vitamin supplements.
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | October 21, 2004
Advocates for public access television continued their campaign yesterday to derail the city's pending 12-year franchise deal with cable provider Comcast. At a public hearing before the city's Board of Estimates yesterday, public access TV proponents said the city should demand guaranteed funding for citizen programming before completing the deal. "We call for the Board of Estimates to amend or reject this contract," said Amanda Bowers, a spokeswoman for Baltimore Grassroots Media. "We're really trying to give a voice to citizens."
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By Doug Donovan and Doug Donovan,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2004
Comcast Cable subscribers in the city would pay $6 more annually under a new 12-year franchise agreement negotiated by Mayor Martin O'Malley's administration and introduced to the City Council last night. Several council members chafed at the added expense of 50 cents per month, which would be used to pay for shows produced by the public, educational institutions and governmental agencies. They said that Comcast should pay for the production costs of such programming. "Comcast is contributing nothing," Councilman Bernard C. "Jack" Young said.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2003
Adelphia Communications Corp. owes Carroll County more than $200,000 in unpaid franchise fees, according to an independent audit ordered by the county's cable commission. Commission members called the debt the latest example of bad business practiced by the Pennsylvania-based cable giant, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in June 2002. Commission Chairman Ken Decker said he's not optimistic that the debt, which he said has accrued over the past two years, can be recouped without legal action.
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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2002
A change in the way federal officials classify cable modem service could cost Carroll County and its municipalities thousands of dollars a month in franchise fees from Adelphia Cable and send the county into a long legal battle with the cable giant. The Federal Communications Commission decided last month that cable modem services are a form of interstate communications rather than a cable or telecommunications service. With the ruling, modem service no longer falls under Adelphia's franchise agreement with the county, the company's attorneys say. Franchise General Manager Teresa Pickett informed the Carroll Cable Commission of the change in a letter dated April 17. Carroll officials, however, say their contract protects the county from losing money because of such a decision, and they promise to fight Adelphia, in court if necessary, to get the full revenue expected from the contract.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2002
A preliminary decision by federal regulators on cable modem franchise fees could deny local governments millions of dollars in revenue that was used to pay for schools, trash collection and other services. Comcast, the cable giant that serves 800,000 customers in Maryland, told county governments recently that it will no longer collect franchise fees from cable modem customers after a March 14 announcement by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said the fees were meant to be collected on cable television service, not on information utilities such as cable Internet connections.
BUSINESS
By Hope Keller and By Hope Keller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 7, 2001
Norma Jean Marsho was about to quit the real estate business in 1980. Bosses' pets and the emphasis on big producers "just made me sick," she said. Yet she already had bought tickets for the annual real estate convention in Ocean City, so she and a couple of girlfriends decided to go anyway. Expecting the usual industry hobnobbing and hors d'oeuvres, Marsho instead met an "on-fire" guy - a Re/Max agent. "What is a Re/Max?" That's what Marsho and others were asking at the 1980 convention.
NEWS
By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | February 11, 1993
Prestige Cablevision customers will pay $1.49 more for monthly basic cable service, beginning March 15, company officials said yesterday.Rates for the 42-channel basic service will rise from $22.15 to $23.64, or 6.7 percent, which includes a 3 percent franchise fee imposed by the county and towns, said Bill Bethune, the firm's general manager. Excluding that franchise fee, rates will rise from $21.50 to $22.95.Fees for other services, including premium channels, a lower tier of cable channels and use of remote controls, will not increase, Mr. Bethune said.
SPORTS
September 28, 1990
Don Mattingly of the New York Yankees has received a letter from deputy commissioner Steve Greenberg, saying his comments in the New York Daily News two Sundays ago about the American League club going after Darryl Strawberry could be construed as tampering with the New York Mets outfielder."
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By Chris Guy and Chris Guy,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1999
OCEAN CITY -- Three entrepreneurs lost one of this resort town's most lucrative contracts yesterday -- the right to sell 2-inch souvenir photograph telescopes that have captured memories for beach-goers for decades.Town council members said they had little choice in revoking the franchises of Gregory Ferrante, his wife, Kathleen, and her brother, Patrick O'Malley, who owe more than $384,000 in fees that were due Jan. 1."This is the highest-profile franchise the city grants, the highest single franchise payment the city gets," said Mayor James N. Mathias Jr. "We're responsible to 27,000 business owners in this town, and I don't see how we could continue under the circumstances.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Sun Staff Writer | June 1, 1995
Jim Speros was the man who stood front and center when pro football returned to Baltimore last year with the Canadian Football League. But Dr. Michael Gelfand, a kidney specialist in the Washington area, was the silent partner who made it happen.Gelfand supplied $2 million of the $2.5 million franchise fee, and Marv Stursa, who runs an equipment business for heavy construction in Glen Burnie, kicked in $500,000.Under terms he established, Speros is general partner and president. He said he controls 51 percent of team stock and is responsible for management decisions.
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