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Published April 2, 1998
NBA: The Sonics will not increase any ticket prices for the '98-'99 season -- which range from $7 to $100. John Dresel, President of Full House, the Sonics' business arm: "Despite continued increases in operating costs, our ongoing efforts to maximize nonticket revenue have made it possible this year for us to hold prices at the '97-'98 level" (SEATTLE TIMES, 4/1)....The Raptors apologized and offered free tickets to fans "inconvenienced by Tuesday's ticket confusion" at Maple Leaf Garden (TORONTO SUN, 4/2). ...FanMail Inc. President Budd Nesi -- who has been handling the Pacers' correspondence for three years -- said the team has averaged 12,000 to 15,000 pieces of mail each year, which is up about 20% this season due to new coach Larry Bird and the team's improved performance (STAR-NEWS, 4/2). NOTES: Twins GM Terry Ryan, on the team's exhibition game Tuesday in NC: "A lot of people there want us to move there, but a lot of people with the ballclub want to stay in Minnesota. It was a little awkward" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/2). In St. Paul, Charley Walters writes, "Good bet: The Twins, without a place to go, return to the Metrodome for the 1999 season after negotiating a one-year lease" (PIONEER PRESS, 4/2).....ESPN's Peter Gammons noted that both Cliff Politte, the Cardinals rookie RHP who will make his first start today, and Cardinals President Mark Lamping, are graduates of Vianney HS in St. Louis. Gammons: "In honor of Politte's debut the entire school will be closed, and all 800 students will be guests of the Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Another reason St. Louis is the best baseball town in America" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 4/1).