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Magowan Contemplating Ending Tenure
As Giants Managing General Partner
BAY AREA DECLINE: The EAST BAY BUSINESS TIMES’ Eric Young writes the Giants and A’s are “both on pace for attendance declines of more than 10[%] this season -- the sharpest drop-off in recent history.” Both teams “jettisoned popular players during the off-season,” and the Giants raised ticket prices an average of 2%, while the A’s raised some of the “best-selling seats” as much as 9%. However, the Giants said that they are “having success with two new luxury suites” at AT&T Park. The Giants this year spent a reported $3.5M to build a suite inside the right field wall near the foul pole and another along the Club Level overlooking left field. Meanwhile, the A’s have added an all-you-can-eat section in the third deck at McAfee Coliseum (EAST BAY BUSINESS TIMES, 5/9 issue).
A’S: USA TODAY’s Jorge Ortiz wrote despite leading the AL West, the A’s average attendance of 19,955 through 21 home games is 2,903 lower than at the same time last year and ranks the team 12th in the AL. The figure is “deceptive because it includes two ‘home’ games totaling 89,363” from the A’s-Red Sox series at the Tokyo Dome. In their 19 games at McAfee Coliseum, the A’s are averaging 17,352. A’s Owner Lew Wolff: “I’m very, very depressed over the attendance, because we have an exciting product. And the excuse we traded away our best players -- what really should count is performance.” More Wolff: “We’re a better team than the Giants this year and in all the years since I’ve owned the team and we just don’t seem to draw like they do” (USA TODAY, 5/12).
Hornets Could Come Close To Breaking
Even With Extended Playoff Run
BAYOU BOOM: In New Orleans, Jaquetta White writes anything with the Hornets' logo or their players' names "has become increasingly popular." The "most popular seller has been anything with [G] Chris Paul's name and number on it." Because Paul's jerseys have been "hard to come by lately, jersey T-shirts are now hot sellers." NBA figures indicate that the Hornets are the "third top-selling team for merchandise" during the playoffs, as opposed to the regular season when the team was not in the top 10. Also, Paul's No. 3 jersey is the "third most popular" at NBAStore.com and the NBA Store in N.Y., up from 15th during the regular season. Facility Merchandising Inc. GM Wally Cox, whose company operates the team's store in New Orleans Arena, said that division championship merchandise is the biggest seller at the shop (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 5/13).
Wild Raising Season-Ticket Prices For
Upper, Lower Levels Next Season