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Franchise Notes

In Nashville, John Glennon reports the Predators, in the last eight home games, have recorded "three sellouts and three more crowds of 15,600 or better." While some of those crowds "include complimentary tickets, as opposed to strictly paid-for tickets," the team seems "well on its way to cracking the 13,125 paid-attendance average needed to qualify for full NHL revenue sharing" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 3/14).

PANTHERS: In Charlotte, Charles Chandler reports the Panthers for the '08 season will raise ticket prices from $2-4 per game, or about 4.5%. Panthers Dir of Communications Charlie Dayton said that the range of prices will be from $38-100. Dayton added that the Panthers' average ticket price, believed to be just more than than $63, ranks "in the bottom half of the NFL" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 3/14). 

ISLANDERS: The Islanders have partnered with fan message board Islandermania to set up a specific message board solely for the purpose of sharing season tickets with other Islanders fans. The Islanders' Theresa Coscia will be dedicated to working the message board and assisting in matching up fans (Islanders).

REDS: The Reds Saturday will sell 2,000 tickets at Fountain Square in Cincinnati for the season-opening March 31 D'Backs-Reds game. The sale is the "first of a series of Reds-themed events that have been planned by the team and Cincinnati Center City Development Corp." Reds COO Phil Castellini: "Fountain Square is a Cincinnati icon, as are the Reds. We believe our fans will have fun extending their time downtown on the Square as they enjoy the Red Hot Weekend activities we are developing" (CINCINNATI ENQUIRER, 3/14).

CUBS: CNBC's Darren Rovell notes the Cubs' auction for season tickets to 71 new "prime seats" sponsored by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange concluded Thursday. The average seat "went for about $22,000,'' which breaks down to $272 per seat per game. Rovell said that "seems like a lot of money, but some might say it's not as much as the Cubs had hoped ... because the dugout seats -- the most expensive face value ticket that the Cubs sell ... sold for $255 a game'' last season ("Closing Bell,'' CNBC, 3/13). 

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