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COUNTY, STATE TO SUSPEND LAWSUITS AGAINST SEAHAWKS
Published April 23, 1996
The state of WA and King County said they would suspend their lawsuits against the Seahawks in order to allow Paul Allen a chance to buy the team, but both governments said the suits would not be dismissed in case a Ken Behring-to-Allen sale falls through. The SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER reports King County prosecutor Norm Maleng said the county would suspend its lawsuit only if Behring and Allen extend the existing court order preventing any owner from moving. On Saturday, Allen announced he had bought an option to purchase the franchise with the stipulation that all suits against Behring and the team be suspended and eventually dropped. Maleng added that they "are days away" from an actual court approval to put the suits on hold (Rebecca Boren, SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 4/23). TICKETS SOARING: Though the Seahawks will stay put next season, ticket prices will not. The P-I's Clare Farnsworth reports '96 prices will rise above the current four price categories -- $19, $28, $32 and $38. The team is 25th in the NFL in ticket prices and claims a need to keep pace with rising player costs. The hike coincides with thousands of phone calls about ticket sales that "poured in" following Allen's announcement. Receptionist Ingrid Hatfield: "It was like the flood gates just opened." Tickets go on sale after the NFL announces home schedules in the next two weeks (SEATTLE POST- INTELLIGENCER, 4/23). PORTLAND'S NHL HOPES ICED? Now that Allen "is off with his own private punt, pass and kick competition in Seattle, the Blazers don't seem very interested in rolling dice on ice," according to Dwight Jaynes of the OREGONIAN. Portland's chances for an NHL franchise are further diminished by the Allen-funded Rose Garden, which initially seemed like "a terrific deal for the city." Jaynes writes, "If the city had built the new arena, it would be able to solicit its own team" (OREGONIAN, 4/22).