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WILL CORPORATIONS SOLVE GRIZZLIES/RAPTORS TICKETS PROBLEM?
Published December 12, 1994
Reports out of Canada this morning indicate corporate help may soon be on the way for the expansion Grizzlies and Raptors. Two companies have "confirmed they are currently in negotiations for significant group corporate ticket purchases." The groups involved are Shopper's Drug Mart and the Overwaitea grocery stores, and it is "believed that if either or both deals go through, the Grizzlies season ticket goal would be well within reach." They are reportedly just under 3,000 tickets short of reaching the NBA mandated minimum of 12,500 before December 31. Greg Harmeson, VP of Marketing for Western Canada Shopper's stores, said "if all this does come to fruition, it is more a civic-minded task we're performing. We would be offering them for sale to our customers." Raptors Dir of Communications Tom Mayenknecht would only say that "there are quite a few companies who are looking at the great potential of basketball in this country." If a company does not have a corporate sponsorship with a team, it can buy an unlimited amount of season tickets. If the team has a deal, NBA regulations state the corporation can purchase no more than 500 tickets (Howard Tsumura, Vancouver PROVINCE, 12/12). EDITORIAL HITS THE LEAGUE: An editorial in today's Vancouver PROVINCE notes the slow tickets sales in Canada but targets the NBA-mandated minimum. "12,500 was a ridiculous figure from the outset, especially considering Canada doesn't have the basketball history of the U.S. The Grizzlies could sell more season tickets than the Houston Rockets or the Vancouver Canucks and end up without a team" (Vancouver PROVINCE, 12/12).