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COLUMNIST SAYS LINDROS IS CRITICAL TO FLYERS' SUITE SALES
Published May 8, 1998
While the debate continues over whether the Flyers should trade Eric Lindros, columnist Timothy Dwyer reports that both Lindros' contract and the leases for many of the CoreStates Center's luxury suites expire after next season. Flyers Chair Ed Snider: "I don't care about marketing when it comes to our season ticket holders and suite (owners). I care about winning." The arena's 126 suites go for $75,000- $150,000, and many of them are on a three-year lease. Dwyer writes that about "a dozen" have not been leased, which "means there is no waiting list -- except, perhaps, for a few suites in prime locations." Dwyer: "But the fact that a dozen boxes have yet to be leased two years into the life of the building shows that the market is close to being tapped out. ... So it is no surprise that Snider wants to sign Lindros to a long-term deal." Most of Comcast-Spectacor's income "is derived from three sources -- luxury boxes, broadcasting and marketing. And Lindros is the force that drives all three." But Snider said, "I don't operate that way. We operate one way, and that is to do everything that is humanly possible to win" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 5/8).