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Heisley Sets May 1 Deadline To
Reach Deal To Sell Grizzlies
OTHER ISSUES: Heisley also said that Grizzlies President of Basketball Operations Jerry West will “work through the draft and that no decision has been made about whether West would continue in his current role past June 30.” Additionally, Heisley “intends to curb spending and operate with a payroll that’s significantly less” than the $60M-plus the team has spent annually. He said, “We’re going to be much more conscious of how much we spend on salary” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 4/17).
Many Feel White Sox’ Reinsdorf
Will Have Influence In Cubs Sale
CUBS: In Chicago, Neil Hayes writes MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and his “close advisors ultimately will decide who buys the Cubs, and nobody in Selig’s inner circle is said to be more influential” than White Sox Owner Jerry Reinsdorf. Sources said that “even though he is not on the ownership committee, and even if he recused himself from the executive council to eliminate the appearance of a conflict,” Reinsdorf could “wield his influence behind the scenes.” A former baseball exec said, “He doesn’t have to be on a committee to talk to Bud” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/17).
Average Price Of Capitals Tickets Remaining
Relatively Flat During Adjustment
Despite missing the playoffs and posting attendance near the bottom of the Eastern Conference rankings at home, the Bruins led the NHL in road attendance this season, averaging over 18,000 fans while playing in opposing teams’ arenas. Fans also turned out to see Sidney Crosby on the road, as the Penguins, who ranked 18th in home attendance, were third overall on the road. Road attendance was also up for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, who ranked 27th in home attendance but finished fifth on the road. The Sabres, Maple Leafs and Canucks were the only teams to rank in the top ten in both home and road attendance. The following presents a comparison of road and home attendance for all NHL teams (THE DAILY).
TEAMAVG. ROAD ATT.ROAD RANKAVG. HOME ATT.HOME RANKROAD VS. HOMEBruins18,094114,765253,329Rangers17,839218,20011-361Penguins17,791316,424181,367Sabres17,631418,6908-1,059Capitals17,380513,916273,464Devils17,332614,176263,156Avalanche17,249717,61313-364Islanders17,182813,018284,164Maple Leafs17,161919,4874-2,326Canucks17,1411018,6309-1,489Oilers17,0791116,83917240Flames17,0541219,2896-2,235Hurricanes16,9831317,38715-404Canadiens16,9731421,2731-4,300Senators16,9521519,3725-2,421Red Wings16,9081620,0662-3,158Wild16,8741718,54310-1,669Lightning16,7911819,8773-3,086Ducks16,7811916,36420417Blues16,7432012,521304,222Thrashers16,7332116,23021503Stars16,7312217,91512-1,184Flyers16,7202319,2837-2,563Blackhawks16,6872412,727293,960Coyotes16,5752514,988241,587Panthers16,5702615,370221,199Kings16,5412716,85916-319Sharks16,2812817,42214-1,141Blue Jackets16,2292916,40119-172Predators15,9023015,26023642
The Knicks announced a sellout for last night’s home finale against the Nets, marking the 22nd of the season, which is the lowest total in four years. The club’s average attendance of 18,805 fans is the lowest since ’91-92. However, the Knicks did sell out 19 of their final 25 home games (N.Y. TIMES, 4/17). CBS’ David Letterman last night presented the “Top Ten Answers To The Question, ‘How Rainy Is It?’” No. 10 was “It’s so rainy, people are going to the Knicks game just to stay dry” (“Late Show,” CBS, 4/16). ....Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and coach Phil Jackson spoke to 900 season-ticket holders last night at the team’s annual town-hall meeting. Questions were “e-mailed ahead of time, ... pre-screened by Lakers officials and answered by Jackson and Kupchak for about 75 minutes” (L.A. TIMES, 4/17).
Marlins Receive High Marks In Professor’s
Analysis Of Baseball Promotions