SBD/Issue 25/Franchises

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  • Avalanche’s NHL Record Sellout Streak Ends At 487 Games

    Avalanche Fall 326 Fans Short Of
    Extending Record Sellout Streak
    The official attendance of 17,681 for last night’s Blackhawks-Avalanche game was 326 short of capacity at the Pepsi Center, ending “the longest recorded sellout streak in [NHL] history at 487 games,” according to Terry Frei of the DENVER POST. Kroenke Sports Enterprises Exec VP & CMO Paul Andrews said that “‘there are probably 27, 28 teams’ that would have been thrilled with a near-sellout ‘on a Monday night in October, so we’re very fortunate to have had the support we’ve had over the years.’” Andrews said that “there was a silver lining to the end of the streak,” which began with the team’s eighth regular-season home game after moving from Quebec in ’95. Andrews: “The thing that we battle most in this market is that we’re always sold out, and nobody tries to buy tickets. That perception being lifted by tonight’s game, I think, will drive a lot of sellouts here in the future” (DENVER POST, 10/17).

    EARLY RETURNS: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said that it was “too early to be concerned about attendance around the league, which seems to be lagging significantly in some markets.” Bettman: “It’s a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories.” But in L.A., Chris Foster notes the Kings announced a five-year low attendance last Thursday, the same night the Blackhawks announced a crowd of 8,008. The Kings last season had “only one crowd below 17,000” and had “five capacity crowds” in nine October games. This season, the Kings “have had only one capacity crowd,” through their first five home games (L.A. TIMES, 10/17). In a separate piece, Foster reports 17,417 attended last night’s Red Wings-Kings game, “which was heavily underwritten” by Red Wings fans. While it was the second-largest crowd at Staples Center this season, “it was the first time the Kings have failed to sell out a game against the Red Wings since the arena opened” in ’99 (L.A. TIMES, 10/17).

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  • Tigers Sell Out 10,000 World Series Tickets In 30 Minutes

    Tigers Fans Snap Up Allotment Of 10,000
    World Series Tickets In 30 Minutes
    The Tigers sold their allotment of 10,000 World Series tickets — priced from $75-250 –- within 30 minutes of making them available yesterday morning, according to Fred Girard of the DETROIT NEWS. MLBAM CEO Bob Bowman said that the 10,000 tickets the Tigers sold to the general public “were double the number any other team allowed.” Girard notes “scores of tickets went up for resale Monday through the Tigers’ exchange program — a desirable way to go because the transaction is handled by the team’s box office.” By 5:00pm ET, a total of 212 tickets were available for Saturday’s Game One, with an average asking price of $3,058. At StubHub.com, “hundreds of tickets” were up for sale yesterday. StubHub PR Dir Sean Pate said, “We’re being hit hard — sales are through the roof.” Girard notes a four-seat package to Game Two sold on eBay yesterday for $3,350 after 54 bids. Later in the day, “sellers were asking minimum bids of $7,000 for four tickets.” A corporate suite for Sunday’s game started at $21,000. Meanwhile, Bowman noted the Tigers’ Web site is “getting three million visitors a day now, about 15 times what it got during the regular season” (DETROIT NEWS, 10/17).

    Print | Tags: Detroit Tigers, Franchises, StubHub, Ticketmaster
  • Angels, Royals Raising Ticket Prices For ’07 Season

    Angels Raising Prices Of
    Most Tickets For Next Season

    The Angels “raised the price of almost every seat” in Angel Stadium for next season and “removed about 9,300 seats from the ‘buy two, get two free’ season-ticket program,” according to Bill Shaikin of the L.A. TIMES. The “buy two, get two free” promotion will remain available with no price increase “for about 4,200 less-desirable seats on the view level, generally above the foul poles.” Meanwhile, Diamond Club seats, which sold for $82.50 this year, “will jump to $125 for the first row, $104 for the next five rows and $93 elsewhere.” Field level seats behind the dugout sold this year at $49.50 for the first row and $42 otherwise, “will jump to $58 for the first row, $52 for the next five rows and $46 otherwise.” The Angels “raised the price of all other seats from $1 to $4 each” (L.A. TIMES, 10/14).

    ROYALS: In K.C., Bob Dutton wrote the Royals, despite a third-straight 100-loss season, will raise ticket prices for the second time in three years. The increase applies to all seats in Kauffman Stadium and ranges from a $1 increase in the corners of the upper deck “to a $25 jump, from $200 to $225, for the crown seats.” The Royals’ average ticket price of $13.71 in ’06 was the lowest in baseball. Team officials said that the average “will remain less than $15” in ’07 and that “more than 20,000 of their 40,758 seats will sell for less that $14 when bought on an individual-game basis.” Also, tickets for eight games will be offered at a 50% discount to residents of Jackson County (MO) “in return for county residents approving a referendum to fund a renovation of Kauffman Stadium” (K.C. STAR, 10/14).

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  • Pro Teams Increasingly Dealing With Online Ticket Resellers

    Some Question Teams’ Partnerships
    With Online Ticket Resellers
    Nearly half of all NFL teams have relationships with online ticket marketplaces, an “about-face for some sports teams that, in years past, were vehemently against scalping, partly because it cut into box office sales,” according to Bill Ordine of the Baltimore SUN. Forrester Research senior analyst Sucharita Mulpuru said, “Teams realized they were either going to get involved or sit back and let it happen around them. It was a matter of deciding to either try to beat ‘em or join ‘em.” The Ravens have a deal with TicketsNow, and Senior VP/Public & Community Relations Kevin Byrne said, “The secondary market is a reality and a very positive sign that there’s such a demand for tickets. And part of it is that it has become a legitimate business through the Internet, and that it’s now gone beyond a guy on the corner with a handful of tickets.” But Ordine notes some question a team “initially selling the ticket and then profiting in a sponsorship deal with an online ticket service that helps sell that same ticket a second time.” Univ. of North Carolina ethics professor Jan Boxill said, “It does seem that the team is getting paid twice (for the same ticket)” (Baltimore SUN, 10/14).

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  • Franchise Notes

    In St. Paul, Charley Walters cites a source as saying that the T’Wolves “could lose nearly” $30M between last season and the upcoming season, and that it “wouldn’t be surprising for some of the Wolves’ limited partners to be asked to invest more capital” (PIONEER PRESS, 10/17).

    STEADY COURSE: While the Buccaneers have started the season 1-4, team officials said that they “don’t see evidence of a broad decline in ticket demand.” Bucs Dir of PR Jeff Kamis said that every home game this season “is sold out, while the waiting list for season tickets is at an all-time high of 130,000.” StubHub PR Dir Sean Pate said that the average sale price of Bucs tickets sold on the Web site for the first two home games was $155 each, up from an average of $134 last season (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 10/14).

    WHALE OF A JOB: In Vancouver, Ed Willes wrote the hiring of Chris Zimmerman as President & CEO of Canucks parent Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment “signals something of a new era” for the team. The Canucks “might have maxed out virtually every imaginable revenue stream,” but the team “is still running on the momentum of the Brian Burke administration.” The Canucks missed the playoffs last season, but have sold “virtually every ticket for every game this season. The suites are also sold. And the merchandising is through the roof.” Zimmerman: “Sometimes it’s easier to come in when things aren’t going well. You can look at five things that need fixing and go, ‘There are some easy wins.’ That isn’t the situation here” (Vancouver PROVINCE, 10/15).

    Print | Tags: Franchises, Minnesota Timberwolves, Canucks Sports and Entertainment, StubHub, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Vancouver Canucks
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