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NBA GIVES GRIZZLIES SEASON TICKET SALES BREATHING ROOM
Published October 18, 1994
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).