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In response to TEAM MARKETING REPORT's survey on average ticket prices, the Blues produced their own survey of their average ticket price. TMR's survey said the Blues average ticket price was $9 more than the league average and more than double the average price in league-low Edmonton and Tampa Bay. But the club's survey had top-end pricing "in line with the league standard." Blues President Jack Quinn: "I don't know where these guys are coming from" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/6)....In Boston, Nick Cafardo profiles Robert Kraft's tenure as Patriots owner, under the headline: "Kraft advisory: Smooth sailing." Subhead: "For owner, it's been a successful journey into uncharted waters" (BOSTON GLOBE, 10/5).
Lonie Glieberman, president of the CFL Shreveport Pirates, asked taxpayers to guarantee a loan of up to $4.5M over three years to pay bills the team has not met because of low attendance this season. But a poll of 200 Shreveport residents shows that 63% oppose any loan. Only 21% favored the loan (David Westerfield, SHREVEPORT TIMES, 10/5). LA Gov. Edwin Edwards turned Glieberman down for state funds last week. Pirates owner Bernie Glieberman said despite the team's financial troubles, it is not for sale and there is "no reason" to believe the team will not be in Shreveport next year (Cooper & Heitholt, SHREVEPORT TIMES, 10/5).