NFL Source: Raiders Have Enough Vegas Votes MLB Cards Fans Can Attend Any Game For Monthly Fee AFL Baltimore Brigade Having Low Ticket Sales Franchise Notes Former Bulls GM Krause Passes Away At 77 Labatt Inks Five-Year Deal At Little Caesars Arena Sources: Raiders' Relocation Fee Between $325-375M LeBron Says Issue Of Resting Players Is About Him Bonds Returns To Giants As Special Advisor Clippers Owner Ballmer Dishes On NBA Topics
Published November 20, 1997
NBA: In AZ, David Leibowitz called the Suns' pay-per- view (PPV) package a "rip off." Leibowitz: "The sad thing is, the fans fall for it -- the team expects a jump in buys over last year. Sadder still, the Suns keep trying to sell pay-per-view as a favor." Leibowitz looked at the schedule of PPV games vs. free TV games since '93. While the 78 regular-season PPV games have featured teams with a total winning percentage of .568, teams on the 127 games on free TV had a .447 winning percentage. He also notes that the three PPV games this week were against the Rockets, T-Wolves and Bulls (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 11/19). NHL: The Islanders and Brett Lindros have "reached a settlement" on Lindros' contract. Lindros retired following three concussions suffered on the ice and "indications are" that Lindros will receive the full amount due to him in the five-year, $7.5M contract, "which could be as high as" $4.5M -- depending on how much of the deal was paid out in bonuses up front instead of salary (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 11/20).