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FRANCHISE NOTES: TEMPERS RISING A MILE HIGH IN DENVER?
Published August 23, 1995
In Denver, Chance Connor reports that many Rockies season ticket holders -- who have never experienced a playoff run -- are unhappy with the team's demand for up-front payment on the team's 10 possible playoff games. The Rockies are also only allowing fans 10 days to get the balance of the money back after the playoffs. The team will keep the money and credit it to next year's season tickets. NL spokesperson Katie Feeney said most teams have a similar policy (KNIGHT-RIDDER/DENVER POST, 8/23)....Two part-owners of the Vikings expressed surprise that the team has been mentioned as a possible replacement in L.A. Part-owner Jane Dyer, who admitted the team has had troubles, said they didn't buy into the team to make money. Dyer: "[The 10 owners] all got involved because we wanted a football team here, not someplace else" (Minneapolis STAR-TRIBUNE, 8/23). ....Reaction varied on a report the Bullets will get a new name when they move downtown in '97 due to DC's many gun-related deaths. WASHINGTON TIMES' Frank Hughes: "Don't be fooled, this is about marketing" (WASHINGTON TIMES, 8/23). But Michael Wilbon writes, "For an owner of a professional sports team to show this much sensitivity is virtually unheard of" (WASHINGTON POST, 8/23)....The Mets have filed court papers to seize the house of a Long Island resident who has refused to pay the $280,000 his former company owes on rent for a Shea Stadium suite (NEWSDAY, 8/23).