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SBD/Issue 19/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Published October 8, 2009
|Writer Feels Bettman Should
Be Thanked By Canadians
PRICE CHECK: In N.Y., Ken Belson noted NHL teams "have raised prices by an average of just" $0.05 this season. Team Marketing Report's Fan Cost Index indicated that ticket prices "inched up by" 0.1% compared with last season to $51.41 per game. Eleven of the league's 30 teams "raised prices," while 13 teams "kept prices steady." Six team "cut prices." The average price of a non-premium ticket for the Maple Leafs is "by far the most expensive in the league" at $117.49. The Stars have the least expensive ticket at $35.66. Rangers premium tickets are the "most expensive at an average of $249.88," while the Red Wings have the "least expensive average for such tickets" at $60.89 (NYTIMES.com, 10/6).
OWNERS ONLY: PRO FOOTBALL TALK's Mike Florio cited an NFL source as saying that next week's ownership meeting in Boston "will include a session limited to the principal owner of each team." It is believed that the meeting "will focus on the labor agreement, and possibly revenue sharing." Other business "will be conducted at sessions that aren't limited to the principal team owners" (PROFOOTBALLTALK.com, 10/7).
ON TRACK: USF1 Technical Dir Ken Anderson said that the team "will be ready to test in January ahead of their debut season next year." Anderson is "confident the team will be on the grid come March." Anderson: "Our timing is according to plan, with an early November 'roller' and a finished car in time for January 2010 testing" (London INDEPENDENT, 10/8).