SBD/Issue 24/Franchises

Franchise Notes

Modest Number Of Tickets Still Available
For Most Capitals Games This Season
In DC, Tim Lemke reports a "modest number of tickets are still available for most" Capitals games this season, despite predictions "that the team would sell out all games at Verizon Center." The team failed to sell about 300 tickets for Monday's game against the Devils and has "tickets in all sections available" for tonight's home game against the Sharks. The Capitals this offseason limited season-ticket sales "to ensure that as many as 1,500 tickets could be sold on a single-game basis." Capitals Owner Ted Leonsis Tuesday said that the team now "may consider making more season tickets available if the full allotment of single-game tickets isn't sold." The team has a waiting list for season tickets (WASHINGTON TIMES, 10/15).

GETTING BACK IN THE GAME? In London, Adrian Curtis reports former EPL club Birmingham co-Owners David Sullivan and David Gold are "seeking another club after selling their stake" in the team. Sullivan grew up as a fan of West Ham United, but the club's finances are "reportedly in a desperate state, and he could be put off by a possible" US$162.4M asking price. Sullivan: "The debts that appear to be at West Ham seem huge. I'm not sure I could face what is going on there" (London INDEPENDENT, 10/15).

NOTES: The MLB Rangers have told fans who purchased playoff tickets that "refunds won't be coming until sometime in November, possibly not even early November because 'the money is tied up with MLB'" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/15)....The Jazz prior to a scrimmage Tuesday night "used the crowd on hand at EnergySolutions Arena as a backdrop while filming three TV commercials." One spot featured F Andrei Kirilenko "handing off a 'Buy Tickets' sign" to coach Jerry Sloan "after getting called into an imaginary game" (DESERET NEWS, 10/14).

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