Cubs Sign Theo Epstein To Five-Year Extension Cherington, Epstein Get Credit For Red Sox Bucks President Apologizes To Milwaukee For Comments Trail Blazers' Allen Discusses Team Spending, CBA Indians Seeing Uptick In '17 Ticket Sales Brewers Look To Invest Back In Team Franchise Notes Marlins Mourn Fernandez In Return To Diamond 76ers, StubHub Debut New Ticketing Platform Yormark Won't Discuss Possible Isles Move
DAVIDSON STILL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING; TEAM DROPS TICKET PRICES
Published May 12, 1998
Pistons President Tom Wilson said that Pistons Owner William Davidson and the Lightning "may have the outline of a sale in place by the end of the week," according to Ira Kaufman of the TAMPA TRIBUNE. Both sides "reported progress" on Monday (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/12). Attorney Stephen Wayne, who is representing the Lightning owners in the sale: "We'd like to close by the Lightning's (fiscal) year-end, which is June 30" (Tim Buckley, ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 5/12). LET'S MAKE A DEAL: After dropping 21% in attendance last season, the Lightning is reducing its season-ticket prices for the '98-99 season. Cuts have been made by as much as $10 a game for some seats, and upper-deck tickets "will cost less than during the inaugural Ice Palace season" of '96-97. Incentives, such as trips to road games and tickets to this year's All-Star Game at the Ice Palace, also are included with certain packages if payments are made early. Single-game prices remain unchanged, but some upper level seats are dropping as much as $3 (TAMPA TRIBUNE, 5/12). In St. Pete, Tim Buckley reports that the team is using "a blunt and rather self-deprecating marketing campaign" to persuade ticket holders to renew. From the brochure: "We lose 55 games. Had three coaches. (And couldn't score to save our lives.) What do we have to say for ourselves? We owe you big time" (ST. PETE TIMES, 5/12).