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WHALERS OPTIMISTIC DESPITE LOW EARLY SALES FIGURES
Published April 25, 1996
According to numbers released by the Whalers yesterday, the team's season ticket drive "would need to produce more than 6,600 new sales in its final eight days to reach its goal of 11,000." Organizers reported 4,222 sales (2,270 renewals and 1,952 new sales). Combining total deposits with a projected 2,130 more renewals, organizers said the drive total stands at 6,352 -- nearly 58% of the goal. The HARTFORD COURANT's Michael Arace reports, "Drives such as this historically produce the biggest numbers in the final week, and organizers are optimistic that a late surge can get them to their goal." Also, for the first time, Whalers Owner Peter Karmanos said he would consider extending the May 1 deadline. Karmanos: "If we get to 8,000 or 9,000, we'd start to consider an extension." Most of the necessary 4,600 in new sales would have to be generated by corporate buyers, "a big x factor" (HARTFORD COURANT, 4/25).