SBD/Issue 144/Franchises

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  • Blackhawks Owner Bill Wirtz Again Hints At Selling Team

    Blackhawks Owner Says He
    Might Put Team Up For Sale
    After losing $31M this season and $191M over the past ten seasons on the Blackhawks, team Owner Bill Wirtz indicated that if the NHLPA “hires someone cut out of the mould of Bob Goodenow as executive director,” he will try to sell the team, according to Rick Westhead of the TORONTO STAR. Wirtz: “If the union hired someone like Bob, who just says [you’re] lying whenever you say you’re losing money, I’d put the team up for sale. And I think that might cause other owners to look at their own investments.” Westhead notes that NHLPA Exec Dir Ted Saskin is “on paid suspension and will probably not return to his job.” But Wirtz in ’03 indicated that he would “contemplate unloading the Blackhawks” before the lockout. The salary cap “doesn’t seem to be doing much to help” the Blackhawks, as they have lost a collective $59M under the new CBA (TORONTO STAR, 4/20).

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  • NBA Franchise Notes: 76ers Not Raising Prices For ’07-08

    Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko in an e-mail indicated that the 76ers will not be raising ticket prices next season. Luukko: “We’ve readjusted some of our pricing for the Sixers and when you look at it (on average), some of our prices have been slightly reduced.” He added the ticketing structure for the Mezzanine Level will be reconfigured from four price categories to three, dropping the average price there from $33.62 to $31.58. In all, the “average overall ticket price will go from $70.26 to $69.39.” In Philadelphia, Paul Vigna noted the 76ers finished the season with “around 15,000 tickets sold per game, their lowest average attendance” since ’95-96 when they averaged 11,935 at the Philadelphia Spectrum (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/18).

    SONICS: With the Sonics looking at possibly relocating before their KeyArena lease expires in 2010, Save Our Sonics & Storm’s Steven Pyeatt in a guest commentary for the DAILY OKLAHOMAN writes, “The message we are sending to Oklahoma City is don’t get too excited at what you see going on in Seattle right now. ... We all hope you get to have a NBA team in your fine city, but we will not allow it to be our team” (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 4/20). Sources said that if the team “gets the NBA’s okay” to move to Oklahoma City, Sonics Owner Clay Bennett will “likely go after” Spurs GM R.C. Buford (ESPN THE MAGAZINE, 4/23 issue).

    T’WOLVES: In Minneapolis, Sid Hartman notes just 64% of T’Wolves season-ticket holders have renewed for the ’07-08 season (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 4/20).

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  • Turnstile Tracker: Heat, Cavs Top NBA In Road Attendance

    The Heat were the biggest draw on the road during the ’06-07 NBA season, averaging 18,945 away from AmericanAirlines Arena, while the Lakers packed opposing teams’ venues to a league-best 99.3% capacity. Despite finishing ninth in home attendance, the Spurs ranked 20th in road attendance. The chart below shows NBA team-by-team road attendance, with comparisons to team home attendance during the ’06-07 season (THE DAILY).

    AWAY TEAM
    AVG. ROAD ATTENDANCE
    % ROAD CAPACITY
    HOME RANK
    AVG. HOME ATTENDANCE
    ROAD VS. HOME
    Heat
    18,945
    98.4%
    5
    19,721
    -776
    Cavaliers
    18,941
    98.0%
    3
    20,436
    -1,496
    Lakers
    18,917
    99.3%
    7
    18,986
    -68
    Suns
    18,541
    96.7%
    10
    18,422
    119
    Rockets
    18,187
    95.0%
    21
    16,545
    1,642
    Nuggets
    18,163
    94.9%
    17
    17,230
    970
    Bulls
    18,153
    94.2%
    1
    22,253
    -4,100
    Pistons
    18,001
    93.7%
    2
    22,076
    -3,907
    Knicks
    17,984
    93.1%
    8
    18,796
    -811
    T'Wolves
    17,894
    93.7%
    24
    15,999
    1,896
    Nets
    17,871
    92.4%
    19
    17,047
    824
    76ers
    17,850
    92.7%
    29
    15,012
    2,838
    Mavericks
    17,822
    93.7%
    4
    20,351
    -2,530
    Pacers
    17,803
    91.9%
    28
    15,360
    2,443
    Celtics
    17,570
    90.8%
    20
    16,843
    727
    Trail Blazers
    17,558
    92.3%
    22
    16,360
    1,198
    Jazz
    17,501
    91.9%
    6
    19,566
    -2,065
    Bobcats
    17,477
    90.2%
    27
    15,549
    1,928
    Magic
    17,471
    90.1%
    18
    17,095
    376
    Spurs
    17,464
    91.5%
    9
    18,654
    -1,190
    Sonics
    17,436
    90.7%
    25
    15,955
    1,481
    Clippers
    17,406
    91.0%
    12
    18,406
    -1,000
    Bucks
    17,351
    89.6%
    23
    16,186
    1,270
    Raptors
    17,347
    89.6%
    13
    18,259
    -912
    Grizzlies
    17,337
    90.4%
    30
    14,655
    2,682
    Kings
    17,283
    90.2%
    16
    17,317
    -34
    Wizards
    17,270
    89.5%
    11
    18,410
    -1,139
    Hawks
    17,171
    88.6%
    26
    15,595
    1,576
    Warriors
    17,012
    89.3%
    14
    18,104
    -1,092
    Hornets
    16,982
    89.0%
    15
    17,833
    -852

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