Nashville Sounds President Larry Schmittou spoke on the impending arrival of Michael Jordan to the White Sox' AAA affiliate. Schmittou said attendance should "swell," but that ticket prices will remain the same. Nike will film Jordan in a Sounds uniform on November 14 for its upcoming promotional campaign. Schmittou: "You can't buy that type of advertising" (Tom Wood, Nashville TENNESSEAN, 11/8).
The Cleveland PLAIN DEALER's Tony Grossi examined the slotting of the expansion teams, writing that the Jaguars "figure to be among the more lucrative stops for visiting clubs." They will play in the-soon-to-be renovated Gator Bowl, and have sold out the Gator Bowl's 73,000 seats through '97 at an average ticket price of $37. That would guarantee $2.7M in ticket revenue, giving each visiting club a share of $1.08M, placing the Jaguars at least in the top five in visiting gate receipts paid out. The 49ers ($2.72 million) and Giants ($2.7 million) currently have greater potential per-game receipts (Tony Grossi, CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER, 11/6). For their part, the Carolina Panthers are guaranteeing $1.28M in visiting gate receipts.
VA Circuit Court Judge Thomas Horne ruled yesterday that the NFLPA cannot force Redskins players to pay union dues as a condition of employment. Horne concluded that the players were protected under VA's right to work law because they reside in the state and spend most of their time working at the team's VA training site. The NFLPA had argued that the Redskins players should be covered under DC labor laws and therefore, the players should be forced to adhere to the DC laws and pay their union dues. NFLPA attorney Richard Berthelsen said that the union will appeal Horne's decision to the VA Supreme Court. Earlier this year, the NFLPA appealed a similar case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 11/9).
According to the Rams club attendance and ticket-price figures, this weekend's sellout against the Raiders will ease their projected 1994 losses by at least $340,000. After five home games this season, the Rams are running about $940,000 behind last year in ticket revenues. The ticket revenue figures are significant because the Rams must show they are unable to turn a profit in Anaheim in order to gain support for their proposed relocation. The Rams have sold nearly 69,000 tickets to the Raiders game, which would be the team's biggest crowd since moving to Anaheim in 1980 (Michele Himmelberg, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 11/9).