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Published July 1, 2009
AEG President & CEO Tim Leiweke said that the NHL Kings' budget "won't be dented by losses sister company AEG Live faces after the death last week of singer Michael Jackson." Leiweke called Jackson "our friend and our partner. ... We probably lost the most iconic performer the world has seen." However, he said that the company's hockey business "won't be affected." Leiweke said Jackson's death "will have zero impact on AEG, AEG Live, AEG Corporate or the L.A. Kings" (L.A. TIMES, 7/1).
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TEAM EFFORT: Grizzlies VP/Ticket Sales & Service Dennis O'Connor said that the team is up 15% in "season ticket renewals from this time a year ago." O'Connor said that the team has "already sold more renewals and new season tickets combined than they did all of last year, although he declined to say what that number was." O'Connor: "We are well on our way to having a great sales year. We have a more legitimate chance of growing our base, which has always been our goal." In Memphis, Marlon Morgan notes "one thing that has made the Grizzlies' marketing efforts easier has been the willingness of the players to help." Grizzlies G O.J. Mayo and F Rudy Gay "have been to several team functions," while Gay and F Hakim Warrick "have come into the office to help make phone calls" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 7/1).
TWO FOR THE MONEY: On Long Island, Wallace Matthews wrote Mets Owners the Wilpon family and Mets GM Omar Minaya "have let down this team and this town, not by not spending enough money, but by wasting the money they did spend." The fact that they are "reaping the benefits of a new ballpark, with its significantly higher ticket prices and myriad 'revenue streams,' only makes it that much more infuriating." Matthews: "They got your money in advance and give you back nothing in return. ... They can't blame this one on Bernie Madoff. The fraud being perpetrated in Flushing is strictly an inside job" (NEWSDAY, 6/28).