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GRIZZLIES HAVE 93 DAYS TO MAKE QUOTA
Published September 30, 1994
The Grizzlies must sell 15,000 seats by January 1 or "else the NBA won't allow them to start their first season next fall." The team has sold about half that figure. Most of the court-side corporate seats have been sold, but now Arthur Griffiths, President of Northwest Sports which owns the team and "the dreamer who envisioned an NBA team in Vancouver," must convince fans that paying between $675 per season-ticket seat in the upper sections to $3,555 for good club seats, is a "worthwhile investment." Griffiths is going to "businesses for an indirect loan, asking companies to pay for employees' season tickets and recoup the loan through payroll deductions." Griffiths told one business group, "Not only is this a fantastic company-provided bonus to your workforce, but it comes at an extremely low cost to your company" (Gillian Shaw, VANCOUVER SUN, 9/30).