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Published January 5, 2005
In K.C., Jeffrey Flanagan writes the “latest rumor being whispered around NBA circles” is that the Hornets “might be in line to become the eventual tenant” at the Sprint Center, which is scheduled for completion in ’07. K.C. Sports Commission President Kevin Gray: “We’ve heard a little talk about New Orleans, but you always have to consider the possibility of teams using us for posturing or leverage with their own city. I’m not saying that’s the case with New Orleans, but we can expect to be in the middle of some arena battles elsewhere” (K.C. STAR, 1/5).
WAIT ‘TIL NEXT YEAR: The Chiefs’ season-ticket and parking prices will not increase next season. The average season-ticket price will remain at $67.33, which is expected to rank in the lower half of the NFL’s 32 teams next season. The team this season ranked 13th in average ticket price (Chiefs). In K.C., Adam Teicher reports the Chiefs have raised ticket prices for the previous six seasons, including a jump of 15% prior to this season that was “believed to be the largest spike in franchise history” (K.C. STAR, 1/5).
STEALTH BOMBER: The NLL San Jose Stealth have increased season-ticket sales by 25% for the upcoming season, having sold 1,500 season tickets for the eight-game ’05 season, up from 1,200 last season. The Sharks own an equity interest in the Stealth, and Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment Exec VP/Business Operations Malcolm Bordelon said if the NHL season is canceled, “we expect to see a significant walk-up bonus” (Andrew Hamm, SILICON VALLEY/SAN JOSE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/3 issue).