Sports in brief: Area athletes dot UFL rosters
Football: Four area athletes will be part of the United Football League’s inaugural game tonight when the California Redwoods visit Las Vegas to play the Locomotives.
Former Whitworth tight end Michael Allan (above) and one-time Washington State running back Derrell Hutsona are on the Redwoods’ roster. Another Washington State Cougar, Wale Dada, and former Eastern Washington and Spokane Shock standout Isaiah Trufant will be in the secondary for Las Vegas.
The four-team league will play a six-game regular season leading up to the Nov. 27 championship game in Las Vegas.
Knuckleheads beware at Arena
Hockey: The Spokane Arena is introducing a “Knucklehead Program” – a text-messaging service – by which fans can let staff know about others in the crowd that are getting out of control.
The system makes its debut Friday night at the Chiefs’ game with Prince Albert.
The program also enables fans to inform staff of any other issue or concern they may have while at an event, such as a technical problem.
An arena press release says: “Guests can look forward to having their issue resolved quickly, efficiently and, most importantly, anonymously.”
After texting, fans will receive a confirmation back on their mobile device followed by a staff response to the issue.
Signs with instructions on how to use the program will be located throughout the Arena.
Recession hurts baseball gate
Baseball: Major League Baseball’s average attendance dropped 6.7 percent this year with the United States in the midst of a global recession.
The 30 teams combined to average 30,350, the commissioner’s office said, down from 32,528 last year and a record 32,785 in 2007. Part of the drop was because of smaller capacities at two new ballparks in New York.
Total attendance of 73.4 million was baseball’s fifth highest.
“The 2009 attendance being among the five highest figures of all time reflects the vibrancy and resiliency of our game,” said commissioner Bud Selig.
The Philadelphia Phillies (3.6 million) and Boston Red Sox (3.06 million) set franchise records.