Charlotte FC President Nick Kelly said that the team has "sold more than 20,000 season tickets to date as the club prepares to release single-match tickets for the full season this week." Kelly said, "We'll be above (20,000 season tickets), but these next two months are going to really dictate where we land." In Charlotte, Alex Andrejev notes the team's season ticket sale pace is behind Atlanta United FC's pace in '17, when it "sold more than 22,000 season tickets seven months prior to its first match." But the club "expects sales to continue, especially as players begin training and become more visible" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 1/13).
LONG TIME COMING? THE ATHLETIC's Pierre LeBrun notes Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman's move to name Red Wings VP/Hockey Operations Nicklas Lidstrom is something he "had in the back of his mind, one way or another, almost from the moment he came back to Detroit to take over as GM in April 2019." The way those years as a perennial contender in the '90s and '00s is a "gift that keeps on giving now as the organization tries to work its way back to the top of the food chain." Red Wings Dir of Scouting Kris Draper, Assistant GM Pat Verbeek, European Dir of European Player Development Niklas Kronwall, Assistant Dir of Player Development Dan Cleary, Associate Dir of Player Personnel Jiri Fischer and Pro Scout Kirk Maltby are all former Red Wings teammates "working together now in the front office" (THEATHLETIC.com, 1/13).
DON'T BLOW IT: In Minneapolis, La Velle Neal III wrote the Vikings "should be the most attractive destination" for GM and coach hopefuls. The Wilf family "should have no problem meeting their high standards for these hires." But there are two ways this prime position "could be ruined: a slow start to the most important search, the general manager; and botching that GM hire." A couple of days into this, "there are concerns." They must "hit a home run with their GM hire, a move that will set the tone for the entire football operations wing of the enterprise" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/13).
THROWBACK: On Long Island, Anthony Rieber notes Keith Hernandez, while talking about the Mets' growing efforts under Owner Steve Cohen, "seemed to break the news that the team is going to hold its first Old-Timers' Day since the 1990s this summer." The Mets "have not announced the return of Old-Timers' Day." Mets President Sandy Alderson said it is something "certainly on our agenda," but it is "going to depend on the schedule otherwise and what we have in the way of a number of games and so forth" (NEWSDAY, 1/12).