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Legal Woes Of Samueli (l) Could
Scuttle Contract Talks With Burke
NHL sources said that in the wake of Ducks Owner Henry Samueli being accused of securities fraud and facing possible criminal charges, it is possible that Ducks Exec VP & GM Brian Burke "might try to scuttle his recent contract extension talks" with the team. The NHL in a statement said Samueli's civil case, which saw him resign as Broadcom Corp. Chair & Chief Technology Officer, "has no impact on Henry's status as an NHL owner or on his ownership of the Ducks." But several NHL sources said that "downplaying controversy is the NHL's typical response" (TORONTO STAR, 5/16).

SABRES: In Buffalo, John Vogl reports Sabres season-ticket prices for the '08-09 season are rising $3-6 per game, a per-seat increase of $123-246 for the team’s 41 home games. Fans in every section of HSBC Arena will pay 8-18% more than last season. Also, the average ticket price at HSBC Arena next season will be $48.75, down from $49.01 for the '02-03 season, when Owner Tom Golisano purchased the team. Sabres Managing Partner Larry Quinn said, “I think most people expect an increase like this. I think the important thing to understand about the increase is that our prices this year are still lower than the year we bought the team” (BUFFALO NEWS, 5/16).

NOTES: The MLB Rangers have plans to build a sales office in downtown Ft. Worth, offering Rangers merchandise, as well as single-game ticket sales and season, group and suite packages (Rangers)....The Twins after 24 home games are averaging 24,677 fans per game at the Metrodome, which is down 9.3% from an average of 27,210 through May 15 of last season, which included 23 home games (THE DAILY).

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