Who are the most fan-friendly NFL teams? According to UsFANS, a national fan advocacy consumer group, the Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks and Miami Dolphins treat fans the best.
UsFANS judged all 31 teams based on entertainment and promotional events, community relations, pricing for tickets, parking and concessions, fan support and the team's commitment to winning.
The Packers, Jaguars, Seahawks and Dolphins will receive plaques honoring each as a "UsFANS 1999 Fan-Friendly Team." The overall winner will be announced during Super Bowl week in Atlanta.
Green Bay was cited for its interactive programs dedicated to the younger fan base, including the tradition of players riding local children's bicycles from the locker room to the practice field for about 150 yards.
Miami season-ticket holders receive a number of benefits: best available seat locations for all preseason and regular season home games, discounted ticket prices over single-game prices, an option to purchase the same seats for all home playoff games and an option to purchase a discounted season parking pass and receive a complimentary Dolphins Exclusive magazine.
Jacksonville offers the Family Fun Zone, in which alcohol and profanity are prohibited. These sections are provided to enhance the experience for families with children.
Seattle is the only NFL team that offers $10 seats, and increased the number of those seats from 7,000 to 10,000 this season.
Ri Myung Hoon was the biggest attraction in a goodwill exhibition basketball game in Seoul between teams mixing players from the divided Koreas. But that's no big surprise, because no one is bigger.
At 7 feet 9, Ri is the world's tallest athlete, two inches taller than Manute Bol, the tallest player ever in the NBA.
And yesterday, the North Korean player helped South Korean fans forget for a while the political tension that has gripped the peninsula for a half-century. About 13,000 spectators packing Seoul's Chamsil Gymnasium chuckled as Ri ran in long strides and dunked the ball while barely leaving the floor.
"He is too tall! It looks as if he came from another world," said the awestruck Noh Yon Hee, 10.
Ri was literally head and shoulders above the rest of his team. People burst into laughter when Ri held up the ball and other players jumped and tried in vain to take it away. He wound up scoring 26 points for the Solidarity team, which lost, 141-138, to the Unity team.
Brown Still in Hospital
Cleveland Browns tackle Orlando Brown, the first player in NFL history to be suspended for more than one game for contact with an official, remained hospitalized with an eye injury. He could remain hospitalized for the rest of this week, team spokesman Ken Mather said.
Former Maryland basketball star Keith Booth was released by the Baltimore BayRunners of the International Basketball League. A team press release said that the move was by mutual agreement. Booth had signed with the BayRunners on Nov. 3 after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls.
CAPTION: At 7 feet 9, North Korean center Ri Myung Hoon eclipses South Korean defenders and political tension in a goodwill game in Seoul.