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Franchise Notes

The Nationals beginning with today's game against the Marlins will offer parking spaces at Nationals Park to "fans who have not bought season tickets." Fans will be able to purchase spots for all remaining Nationals games on an individual game basis and it will be "first come, first served." Fans must purchase spaces in advance online, as spots "will not be sold at the ballpark" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/5).

Red Sox Cashing In On Auction
Of Premium Seats At Fenway Park
MONSTER BASH: In Boston, Szaniszlo, Wedge & MacLean reported the Red Sox, who are auctioning off Green Monster tickets at Fenway Park, Friday pulled in "more than $30,000" for almost 100 tickets for Tuesday and Wednesday's games against the Tigers and this weekend's series against the Yankees. The Red Sox this season "intend to auction off 5,000 premium seats," and the team said that auctioning tickets for "extra profit actually benefits not just the team and deep-pocketed swells who can afford to bid on tickets, but also fans who can't." Red Sox VP/Ticketing Ron Bumgarner: "We feel it's our civic responsibility to keep tickets affordable for fans, and at the end of the day, this helps keep other ticket prices down" (BOSTON HERALD, 4/5).

MAKING CONCESSIONS: MSG Chair James Dolan for the Knicks' home finale against the Celtics April 14 at MSG will offer fans free food and soft drinks. The offer is a "small thank-you to fans who were so supportive" of the Knicks this season. An NBA source: "Other teams have done free food as part of a promotion to get people to buy tickets, but never after a game is already sold out" (N.Y. POST, 4/6).

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