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GRIZZLIES HAVE 93 DAYS TO MAKE QUOTA

     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).
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