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Mets Ticket Price Cuts Among The Deepest
Being Pursued By Any Team For '10 Season
CITI ON DOWN: Howard said that the tickets with the "largest declines will be in sections on the field level and second deck that adjoined lower-priced seats." He noted that fans "tended to avoid those higher-priced sections in favor of seats nearby that were cheaper." The Mets might "expand the number of clubs at the stadium that fans can visit next year" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/2). In N.Y., Bart Hubbuch notes the Mets also plan to "cut prices by reducing the number of games classified as 'gold level' in their variable pricing system and making those games part of the two cheaper designations, 'bronze,' and 'value.'" The Mets appear to have "learned from their disastrous experiment to sell individual tickets on a monthly basis -- rather than making the entire schedule available before the season" (N.Y. POST, 10/2).
Mets Not Fearing Typical Second
Season Attendance Drop At Citi Field
GOING DEEP: In N.Y., Joe Ward writes Citi Field appears to be "fan friendly," but "is the field too large?" The team previously indicated that it has "no intention of making any alterations to Citi Field" for next season, but "should the Mets think about moving home plate 10 feet forward so they could shorten Citi Field's dimensions without having to knock down any walls?" The Mets designed the new ballpark "to be a pitcher-friendly park, just as Shea Stadium was often thought to be," but whether they "want to admit it or not, the Mets might have gotten more than they bargained for" (N.Y. TIMES, 10/2).
Dodgers Freezing Season-Tickets Prices, But
Expected To Raise Some Single-Game Prices
Balsillie Will Focus On RIM
Business, Step Back From NHL
BACK ON THE ICE: Ice Edge Holdings Thursday said that it will approach the NHL if and when the league "gains control of the franchise." Ice Edge pulled out of the bidding for the Coyotes last month, but the bid group's COO Daryl Jones said, "We are definitely interested in purchasing the team from them." He added, "We really can't do anything until they get awarded the team, or until they officially buy the team." Ice Edge was unable to reach an agreement with Glendale on a new lease for Jobing.com Arena, but Jones Thursday said, "We're really close with the city, in terms of being where we want to be" (NATIONAL POST, 10/2). Daly Thursday in an e-mail said, "We're confident that there will be buyers for this club that want to operate it in Phoenix. ... There is no immediate time frame. We are still digesting the court's opinion and evaluating our options." When asked if Bulls and White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf may make another bid for the club, Daly said, "(The sale) may or may not involve someone who has already looked at purchasing the team." Daly said that the current Coyotes management "stays in place and can continue to make moves." The Coyotes Wednesday night held a reception for season-ticket holders, and President & COO Doug Moss said, "We had 600 people in the concourse and there was an electricity in the building" (USA TODAY, 10/2).
Writer Says Coyotes' On-Ice Performance
Is Hurting The Franchise The Most