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Soccer Franchise Notes: Liverpool CEO Rick Parry To Leave Club
Published February 27, 2009
|Parry Will Leave Liverpool
At End Of This Season
TICKET TALK: The NORTHERN ECHO reported EPL club Newcastle United has "reduced season ticket prices for the 2009-10 campaign by an average" of 9%. The reductions "will take the cost of watching games at St. James' Park for the majority of ticket holders back to 2007-08 levels." Attendance at the club's home games has "dwindled" since Owner Mike Ashley bought the team in '07 and has "topped 50,000 only three times this season" at St. James Park (THENORTHERNECHO.co.uk, 2/25)....In London, Phil Gordon noted Scottish Premier League clubs Celtic and Rangers were told Tuesday that their "season ticket customer base should be protected from the worst of the economic downturn," allowing the clubs to "ride out any potential financial storm." The clubs "count on around 100,000 season tickets being sold each season to underwrite the bulk of their revenue, which, in both cases, exceeds" US$99.0M (LONDON TIMES, 2/25).
DESPERATE TIMES: In Miami, Adam Beasley notes USL club Miami FC "unveiled an aggressive ad campaign Thursday," titled "For the Good of the Game -- For the Good of South Florida," which "targets the area's historically apathetic soccer fans." Also, $25 off any season ticket purchased this year will be applied to a '10 ticket plan, regardless if that team is Miami FC or the MLS franchise" which might be awarded to the city. Beasley also notes Miami FC "has been given a March 8 deadline to prove to its ownership group, Traffic Sports, that it has a viable business plan moving forward, with or without an MLS team in town" (MIAMI HERALD, 2/27).