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BASEBALL CONSIDERS LOWER TICKET PRICES FOR REPLACEMENTS
Published January 5, 1995
Both the Angels and Rangers announced formulas for lowering their ticket prices if replacement players are used. The Rangers have decided to base the price of their tickets on the size of their player payroll until the strike is settled, which would cut ticket prices in half. The Rangers also introduced a complicated formula that would discount ticket prices should any union players join the team during the strike and player payroll exceeds $4M for the season. Rangers President Tom Schieffer: "The idea is to pass on any salary savings to the fans in the form of ticket prices" (Sullivan, FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 1/5). Angels President Rich Brown said his club is working on a formula that would give rebates to season-ticket holders for the games that are played with non-major leaguers. The reduced ticket price will be calculated using several factors: the number of replacements on the roster, the club's payroll costs and the price fans are willing to pay (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/5). MORE TICKET NEWS: The Orioles announced that they have had a 90% season-ticket renewal rate and club officials predict that the rate could hit 96% by the end of the month, equaling the renewal rate of the past three years (Mark Hyman, Baltimore SUN, 1/5). OTHER ANGELS NEWS: Brown plans to meet with Anaheim officials next week to renew discussions on a new stadium. Negotiations were halted when the Orange County bond crisis occurred. But Anaheim City Manager Jim Ruth said he is now confident Anaheim will have the financial stability to proceed with a new stadium (ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 1/5).