The Bucs will offer their fans discounted season-tickets and a greater number of lower-priced seats for the '95 season. The reduction in the highest price season-tickets is expected to be from $400 to $360. This will be the first price cut in the team's 19-year history. The team's season-ticket base had dropped from 29,157 to 23,300, a league low (Nick Pugliese, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 2/1).
Ticket holders for the defunct CBA Hartford Hellcats have options for turning in their tickets: They may be redeemed for $10 toward Whalers' regular season tickets; for a 60% discount on tickets to Univ of Hartford men's basketball; or Connecticut Skyhawks' USBL games this summer. Tickets will be refunded only if bought through Ticketmaster or the Civic Center (Roy Hasty, HARTFORD COURANT, 2/1).
Maple Leaf Gardens, Ltd., which owns the Leafs, will need the team to go far into the playoffs in order to "whittle down" a projected $1.9M loss this year. The company lost $3.3M for the 2nd Q ended December 31, compared with a gain of $934,000 last year. MLG Controller Ian Clark estimates the team lost $500,000 in pre-tax income for each canceled game (Daniel Girard, TORONTO STAR, 2/1).
Vikings President Roger Headrick admitted yesterday that the team needs to change the way "it deals with people in the organization." Headrick made the comments to KFAN-AM radio after recent reports that "revealed widespread fear and bitterness concerning the treatment" of Vikings players, coaches and employees. Headrick: "This is an area where we obviously need to do some more and handle things perhaps a little differently. ... And obviously its an area we need to work on." Coach Dennis Green said he "didn't expect everyone to agree with things we say or do, but we have never intentionally been callous." Green made his comments in a videotaped statement sent to local TV stations (Brown & Roberts, Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 2/1). In yesterday's STAR TRIBUNE, columnist Patrick Reusse blames Headrick and Green for operating the team "in a manner that made it seem as through they relished getting rid of people." Reusse, who chronicles the team's internal problems: "Yes, in the arrogant world that has been created at Winter Park [Vikings HQ] in recent years, a $150,000 sexual-harassment settlement can be explained away as an internal matter." Dan Barreiro writes, "On the same weekend the 49ers were putting on championship rings, another pro football organization was putting out fires, denying it is running a frat house, replete with hazing, fear and loathing" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 1/31). From an editorial in Tuesday's ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS: "Just because the business is professional football -- with all its images of power, violence and male dominance -- doesn't mean female employees should be treated with any less dignity and respect than what they should receive anywhere else" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 1/31).