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Franchise Notes

In DC, Thomas Boswell reports two Nationals fans were killed Friday while riding the team's free shuttle bus from RFK Stadium to Nationals Park, when their "heads struck a freeway overpass." DC Police said that the two victims were "standing on the upper deck of the open-top bus, perhaps on the seats" (WASHINGTON POST, 7/14). The accident occurred around 8:45pm ET Friday night. The shuttle bus was part of a shuttle service the Nationals offer fans parking at the lots at RFK, "since parking around the new stadium is sparse" (MLB.com, 7/13).

76ers Launch Season-Ticket Campaign
Immediately Following Brand Signing
A BRAND NAME PRODUCT: In Philadelphia, Kate Fagan wrote with the announcement of F Elton Brand's signing, the 76ers "immediately began a campaign offering an autographed Brand jersey with the purchase of new season tickets." The 76ers also "implemented an automated-calling campaign with the same pitch." 76ers Senior VP/Business Operations Lara Price said that "within a week the 76ers will have billboards with a similar theme." Last Wednesday, "before the 76ers had committed any funding to advertise the Brand addition," Price said that "525 season tickets had been purchased" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 7/12).

TICKET NOTES: In Indianapolis, Phillip Wilson reports while ticket prices for a Colts game are "skyrocketing with the arrival of Lucas Oil Stadium," the Pacers are "bucking the national trend by not raising prices for a second consecutive season." Pacers co-Owner Herb Simon said of the team's 36-46 record last season, "As an owner, when they come to you with ticket prices, the way we played last year, I'm not sure we can raise ticket prices." Pacers' tickets come in 16 prices, from $10 in the rafters to $601 courtside (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 7/14)....Titans officials said that the eight regular season home games for the upcoming '08 season "sold out in 32 minutes." LP Field's "sellout streak is now increased to 103 games" (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 7/13).

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