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MOVING RUMORS KEEP FANS FROM MOVING ON PANTHERS TICKETS
Published October 10, 1995
Talk of the Panthers' potential move from South FL may be keeping fans from attending games, according to Dave Sheinin in this morning's MIAMI HERALD. Sheinin reports that the club drew only 12,087 to its home opener Sunday -- the fourth-lowest crowd in franchise history. Team officials say competition from the Dolphins and the MLB playoffs are partly to blame (MIAMI HERALD, 10/10). In an interview with the TAMPA TRIBUNE, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman admitted that the Panthers' situation is a "serious problem." Bettman: "It's too early to tell what we can do" (Tom Jones, TAMPA TRIBUNE, 10/7). A report in Saturday's MIAMI HERALD notes Heat Owner Micky Arison says he would be willing to "put money into" a new arena and "would consider" compromising on the location, if it meant being a partner with Panthers Owner Wayne Huizinga (Amy Shipley, MIAMI HERALD, 10/7).