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The Celtics announced their ticket pricing schedule for the '95-96 season yesterday. Balcony seats will remain the same as this season with the addition of more than 500 seats per game specially priced at $10. Also, in conjunction with Shawmut Bank, 5,000 seats will be set aside for giveaways for community-based organizations. Loge seats will increase to $50 and $60 (up $10- 11), center floor-area seats will increase to $70 (up $20) and center section loge seats will increase to $68 (up $18). Other prices available for sale will either stay the same or go down (Celtics).
Twin Cities-investor Harvey Mackay, "a leader" in MN's bid to bring the NHL to the Target Center, says there would be "an excellent chance" of landing the Jets if they leave Winnipeg. Mackay, who met with Jets officials last weekend, said yesterday he believes the area could put together the $75M the team could cost (Vancouver PROVINCE, 4/25). STOP FOR MOOSE: If the Jets leave Winnipeg for the MN, "suggestions have been made" that the IHL Minnesota Moose move to Winnipeg, according to this morning's WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Kelly Taylor reports that IHL spokesperson Tim Bryant said "that wouldn't be a bad idea. ... Moving would probably be the right thing for the Moose to do if the NHL moved into their market." However, Bryant said there has been no interest from Winnipeg (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 4/25).
The NBA will reportedly "rework the schedule for closing the expansion agreement" and grant "full membership" to the Raptors and Grizzlies. The original agreement included a provision tying acceptance of the teams to a new CBA with the players association. Delays in the deal would have kept the teams from signing players, participating in the draft, and "possibly playing at all" during their first season. At the NBA Board of Governors meeting in New York this week, the league is expected to set a date for full payment of the expansion fee (US$112.5M), likely May 11, and give the new teams the "green light" to participate in the expansion and college drafts. This "twist is certainly not good news" to those expecting a quick settlement to labor talks (Neil Campbell, Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 4/25). ARENA ON TRACK: When all the "rhetoric cooled yesterday," the Raptors' arena plans were back on track, according to reports in Toronto this morning. The City Council voted to have the developer and city planning staff reach a compromise on the project and report to the land use committee by May 18 (Don Wanages, TORONTO SUN, 4/25).
Orlando's IHL team, which will begin play next season, has yet to decide on a name. Finalists are Solar Bears and Barracudas. The team is expected to make an announcement within two weeks (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 4/25).