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While George Brett's interest in the Royals "hasn't changed noticeably ... it may in the near future," according to Jeffrey Flanagan of the K.C. STAR. Brett said that he and his brother, Bobby, "will be involved in meetings" with potential investors this week. On Tuesday, the Bretts met with local Royals bidder Jerry Green, who "has indicated" that he would "welcome" the addition of the Bretts to his ownership group. But Brett "wouldn't identify" other investors with whom he planned to meet (K.C. STAR, 10/15).
NFL: The Bucs announced that all 80 luxury suites built during Phase One suite construction of its new stadium have been leased. The suites range in price from $55,000- 85,000 with lease terms of five, seven, or 10 years (Bucs). NHL: Hurricanes Owner Peter Karmanos, on early-season attendance: "If we had played a lame duck year in Hartford, we probably would have lost $20 million to $25 million ... [in Greensboro] if we average 7,000 or 8,000 people a game ... we would lose about 5 million bucks. ... And when the team gets to Raleigh, that's pay dirt. I think it's sellout time. I think we get a three-year honeymoon here. That means we don't have to win for three years" (Cliff Mehrtens, CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/15)....The crowd of 12,530 for Monday night's Hurricanes-Blues game was the lowest ever at the Kiel Center (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 10/14). MLB: Marlins Owner Wayne Huizenga was asked by NBC's Jim Gray after the Marlins won the NL pennant whether he would reconsider his plans to sell the team. Huizenga: "I'm not even thinking about that. Well, we'll have to think that thing through later" (NBC, 10/14)....Last night's sellout crowd of 50,446 for Marlins-Braves Game 6 was the largest ever at Turner Field (ORLANDO SUN-SENTINEL, 10/15).
The MLB Rangers announced that they are raising ticket prices on 33,848 of The Ballpark's 49,166 seats next season, according to David Markiewicz of the FT. WORTH STAR- TELEGRAM. Increases will range from $1-5 a seat. Lower box seats and club box seats will increase "the most," going up by either $4 or $5. The price of 89% of upper deck seats "will be unchanged." Parking also will increase next year, from $6 to $7. The price increases "should generate" $5-7M in additional revenue next season (STAR-TELEGRAM, 10/14).
Apathy toward Oakland sports teams, particularly the Warriors, was examined by columnist Gwen Knapp of the S.F. EXAMINER. Knapp: "[T]here are signs that the public love affair with professional sports is no longer absolutely unconditional. ... The Raiders and Warriors are on the verge of pricing themselves into invisibility. The Raiders can't draw enough people, at $41 to $61 a head, to sell out and end up on TV. The Warriors have had to discount their tickets radically in the last couple of weeks, and they may still not see a full house more than a half-dozen times this season." More Knapp: "For [Warriors Owner Chris] Cohan, the situation is particularly dire. ... If the Warriors can't move tickets now, with a new arena as a lure, next season offers even worse prospects. The team, for one thing, will have played futilely again, and the NBA will surely be engaged [in] a strike or a lockout" (S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12).