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Davis Continues To Remain
Silent On Investment Group
REAX: A COMMERCIAL APPEAL editorial states, “It’s unfair to pass judgment on Davis and Laettner until they’ve had an opportunity to present their case to the NBA. League commissioner David Stern and his staff will no doubt scrutinize their financial plans very carefully” (COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 12/4). In Memphis, Geoff Calkins writes, “Putting aside the public relations missteps Davis has made since he first surfaced in Memphis, the deal he has assembled is hard to understand. ... The city is going to scrutinize him. The press is going to scrutinize him. The NBA had better scrutinize him like they’ve scrutinized few before. And then, if Davis passes muster, we’ll all celebrate together” (COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 12/2).
Johnson Reportedly One Of Eight
Team Owners To Send Letter
WHERE’S MICHAEL? In N.Y., Mitch Lawrence wrote Bobcats Managing Member of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan “attends some home games, doesn’t travel with the team and has been content to stay in the background. His presence has gone largely unnoticed.” One Western Conference exec, when asked if he would call Jordan for a trade with the Bobcats, said, “I totally forgot he’s there. I don’t know what his role is.” But Bobcats GM & coach Bernie Bickerstaff said, “Michael and I talk every day. He’s been terrific. We’re all on the same page” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 12/3).
Patriots Revoke Tickets Of Former Player
Over Online Ticket Packages
The most expensive seats at Yankee Stadium will increase next year for Yankees games. The most expensive seats, located in the first four rows of boxes 1-68, will be $150 per game for season-ticket holders, up from $115 in ‘06. Those same seats will cost $400 on an individual basis, though 98% of them are sold via season tickets. The team will not increase prices on over 24,000 seats and will continue at least nine different individual-game discount programs. Yankees COO Lonn Trost in a statement said, “We believe that by increasing the prices for the most expensive seats, it enables us to hold the prices on almost half of the Stadium and continue to offer attractive discounted ticket opportunities” (Yankees). In N.Y., Tyler Kepner reported bleacher seats ($12 on game day), tier reserve level seats ($20 on game day) and tier box level seats ($42 on game day) will remain the same price (N.Y. TIMES, 12/2).
Bruins Rank 24th In NHL In
Average Attendance This Season
STREAKING TO A HALT? In Vancouver, Ben Kuzma noted the Canucks posted their 140th consecutive sellout on Saturday, but with the team “playing around the .500 level -– and struggling to score goals –- empty seats have been popping up.” Four hours before Thursday’s home game against the Ducks, fans “could still purchase prime tickets”; Ticketmaster had a pair of lower-bowl center-ice seats or two blueline seats for C$179.25 each. Also, tickets on the secondary market are “often sold below face value.” A local ticket broker said, “It’s not a hot ticket, given the way they are playing. But it could also be the (snowy) weather and trouble getting to games” (Vancouver PROVINCE, 12/3).
Advisors for Real Madrid MF David Beckham “denied there is any chance of the player buying shares” in the MLS Galaxy. A report last week linked Beckham to Malcolm Glazer’s potential purchase of the club. But with his Real Madrid contract expiring next summer, Beckham is “expected to talk to MLS teams and Premiership sides in January” (THISISLONDON.co.uk, 12/3).
TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF: A Maple Leafs exec said that the leaf logo on the team’s new uniforms, which will be unveiled next month at the NHL All-Star Game, “has apparently been altered, having a ‘different silhouette.’” The change represents a “‘modernization’ of the logo rather than a dramatic redesign” (TORONTO STAR, 12/2).
MODERN ART: In Baltimore, Ken Murray noted former Ravens Majority Owner Art Modell, who maintains 1% of the club, has taken the “unofficial position as owner emeritus” of the team. His office overlooks the Ravens’ practice fields, and on “any given Wednesday or Thursday, he can be seen motoring around the team’s Owings Mills practice facility in a golf cart.” Modell attends all home games and afterwards “reviews the day’s events with coach Brian Billick.” Modell will also call Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome and NFL colleagues (Baltimore SUN, 12/3).
HOOP SCOOP: 76ers G Allen Iverson said he missed a meet-and-greet event with sponsors, premium seat-holders and season-ticket holders last week because he took a dose of Percocet, which “just put me out.” Iverson recently had dental surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth. Iverson: “I’m not worried too much about the fine, but the fact that I missed the event. I apologize for missing the event” (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 12/2)....The NBA D-League awarded an expansion team to Orem, Utah, for the ’07-08 season. The team, which will play at the McKay Event Center, is owned and operated by G Code Ventures Founder & CEO Brandt Andersen (NBA D-League).