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  • LIONS CONSIDER REVISITING TICKET PRICES NEXT SEASON

         The Lions "will rethink their uniform ticket-pricing policy
    for next season."  70,000 of 80,500 seats in the Silverdome cost
    $30.  Lions CEO Chuck Schmidt said the team plans to "take a look
    at whether there should be more lower-priced tickets" depending
    on the view of the field.  Schmidt noted that a price reduction
    for some tickets might not result in price increases elsewhere
    since the change might "sell more tickets."  Schmidt also
    "stressed that the Lions would be sensitive in any decision" to
    the season ticket holders who pay $27.50/game by signing up
    early.  The Lions are 20th in NFL ticket prices and do not
    receive any revenue from concessions, parking, suites or in-
    stadium advertising according to their lease with the Pontiac
    Silverdome (David Barkholz, CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS, 10/10-16
    issue).
    

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  • NBA GIVES GRIZZLIES SEASON TICKET SALES BREATHING ROOM

         NBA Media Relations Dir Jan Hubbard said yesterday that the
    "absolute bottom line" for season ticket sales in Vancouver and
    Toronto is 12,500 -- not 15,000 as previously determined.
    Hubbard maintained that the teams should still make their "best
    effort" to reach 15,000 by December 31.  Grizzlies Marketing Dir
    John Rocha revealed that season ticket sales "are approaching
    7,500" as of yesterday.  Hubbard said, "If the Grizzlies stay
    where they are at today, the NBA would have the right to
    terminate the franchise" -- but was quick to add, "There's never
    been any talk around here that Vancouver would lose the
    franchise."   Grizzlies VP/GM Stu Jackson "said the 12,500 figure
    was news to him" (Dan Stinson, VANCOUVER SUN, 10/18).  The
    Raptors are yet to begin taking deposits on season tickets, but
    Toronto officials "expect no difficulty hitting the 12,500-
    target.  In fact team officials have set a maximum limit of more
    than 19,000 in their 22,500-seat temporary SkyDome home" (Doug
    Smith, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 10/18).
    

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