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Demand For Dodgers Tickets Surges Following Manny Ramirez Trade

Dodgers See Increase In Ticket
Sales Following Trade For Ramirez
The Dodgers following the acquisition of LF Manny Ramirez Thursday sold the highest volume of tickets in the club's history in a 24-hour period, with more than 30,000 tickets sold (Dodgers). Dodgers Exec VP & COO Dennis Mannion said that in the 30 hours that followed the announcement that the Dodgers had traded for Ramirez, the team sold "almost 300 season-ticket packages for the remaining home games." In L.A., Dylan Hernandez reported Friday night's D'Backs-Dodgers game, in which Ramirez made his Dodgers debut, sold out, with "more than 12,000 of the tickets purchased" after the trade. Meanwhile, Ramirez' agent, Scott Boras, "strongly denied the suggestion that he orchestrated the trade." As part of the deal, Ramirez had the club options left in his contract for the '09 and 2010 seasons voided. Boras did not negotiate the original contract and would only get a share of Ramirez' earnings if Ramirez signs a new deal. But Boras said, "Manny did not hire me to get him traded" (L.A. TIMES, 8/2).

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