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CANADIAN HOOPS TEAMS CONTINUE TICKET PUSH
Published November 8, 1994
The Raptors, in response to poor ticket sales behind the basket, "announced that license fees will be optional for behind- the-hoops seating." Raptors Dir of Communications Tom Mayenknecht: "We were looking at having tumbleweeds spinning behind the baskets." Mayenknecht said fans who have already bought their fee on seats behind the baskets will have the choice to upgrade their seats, or make their license optional. Some team officials believe fans don't understand that following basketball from behind the hoop is not the same as trying to follow the puck from behind the net in hockey (Jim Byers, TORONTO STAR, 11/8). WE NEED YOU: The Raptors and the Grizzlies will unveil ad campaigns for their push to meet the NBA's 12,500 season-ticket quota. The Raptors first phase begins Friday with the slogan, "You're Gonna Love This Game." The Grizzlies, who remain "stalled" at 8,000 season tickets, will start their "Drive for 5," aimed at selling 5,000 more tickets (Craig Daniels, TORONTO SUN, 11/8). THE COMMISH UNDER FIRE: The TORONTO SUN's Jim Hunt comments on Commissioner David Stern and the NBA's season-ticket minimum for the expansion teams. "Poor David Stern must think we are a bunch of dummies up here in the Great White North. ... Give us a break, David. How do you explain the fact the L.A. Clippers have only 4,000 season-ticket holders? Even the Lakers don't have 12,500." Hunt writes if he were running the Raptors, he'd "start playing hardball with Stern. I'd insist he guarantee there be no work stoppage for the '95-96 season. If there is, I'd want my (franchise fee) money back" (TORONTO SUN, 11/8).