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Published September 11, 1996
ESPN's Peter Gammons, on the A's cutting ticket and parking prices to lure fans back to the Oakland Coliseum: "League officials said that when the Coliseum forced the A's to open their season in Las Vegas [during renovation at the Coliseum for the Raiders], it was a violation of their lease, and the A's are now free to move anywhere they want, anytime -- to Sacramento, when they build a ballpark" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 9/10)....The Cavaliers are taking advantage of hosting the '97 NBA All-Star Game along with being the only pro franchise in town this fall by offering a variety of new ticket plans and "inducements." Cavs VP/Sales & Marketing Jim Kahler: "With football being gone, we have a window of opportunity for three seasons. We want to get people who invested their money with the Browns" (CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS, 9/15 issue)....The financially troubled CFL Ottawa Rough Riders will finish the season as the franchise announced they have met its goal of 40,000 tickets sold for its final four home games. It also raised C$260,000 in corporate sponsorships, C$110,000 more than a minimum amount needed to stay in business (TORONTO SUN, 9/10)....Nashville columnist David Climer, on Dick Evans' departure from Gaylord Entertainment to become CEO at Huizenga Holdings: "[Evans] was MVP for Nashville's emerging sports marketplace. ... [His] departure ... is like Michael Jordan signing with the Knicks for 10 kazillion and leaving Chicago" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/8).