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Source Says Checketts, Group
Like Idea Of "Local Partner"
Potential Bidders Will Likely Find Coyotes'
30-Year Lease For Jobing.com Arena Troubling
SALES PITCH: SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL's Tripp Mickle notes during the last six months, the Coyotes "lost more than half" of their 5,500 season-ticket holders and a "number of key personnel." In the "wake of the departures, the Coyotes have looked elsewhere for assistance on ticket and corporate sales." The team hired Phoenix-based Ticket Sales University and New Jersey-based telemarketing group Turnstile Ticketing to "assist in the team's ticket sales effort." Because the season is already under way, Coyotes President & COO Doug Moss "shifted the front office's sales focus from selling season tickets to selling group packages." The team also "created a number of new offerings to try to entice people to buy tickets." Moss: "I don't see a sellout out there in the future, but the better the team plays, and the more programs we put in place, the better attendance will be." Moss is "looking to hire a full-time consultant to assist and manage the five-person corporate sales staff" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 11/9 issue).
McCourt Says She Has A Plan
To Buy The Dodgers
DODGER BLUES: Longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully yesterday said, "On the present incident taking place, as someone who holds in gravest sanctity the issue of marriage, it breaks my heart. That's all I have to say on that" (LATIMES.com, 11/10).
AN EMPTY FEELING: Last night's Magic-Bobcats game drew an announced crowd of 13,415 at Time Warner Cable Arena, and in Charlotte, Rick Bonnell writes, "If I were the Bobcats, I wouldn't just be worried about the number of empty seats at home games, but where those seats go empty. Let's face it: You could sell out the upper bowl every game and the revenue amassed couldn't pay the bills. Right now the lower bowl from baseline-to-baseline, the 'oceanfront property,' can look pretty deserted, particularly on a weeknight" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 11/11). In Orlando, Brian Schmitz writes it "looked more like a preseason game at tip-off Tuesday night, with the lower bowl about 60[%] full" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 11/11).
Heat Owner Micky Arison Insists He
Has No Interest In Selling The Team
OFFSEASON UNCERTAINTY: In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson writes a potential sale of the MLB Rangers and the "prospect of having a new owner in place this off-season might affect how effectively the Rangers are able to fill out their 2010 wish list" this offseason. Final bids for the team from three potential owners are "due this month," but a transfer of ownership from Hicks Sports Group "might not be completed until January." Still, Rangers GM Jon Daniels yesterday said that the team "will be conducting business as it has in the past" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 11/11).
RENEWAL RATE: In San Diego, Bill Center reports the Padres "recorded a season-ticket milestone Tuesday when the renewal rate hit" 56%, which "tops last year's total renewal rate" of 55%. Padres President & COO Tom Garfinkel: "We are on track to sell more new season tickets by the end of this month than we did the entire 2009 season." Garfinkel "credits the upsurge in sales to the Padres' late-season performance as well as reduced prices for many season-ticket sections" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 11/11).
OWNER'S MANUAL: CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon said he is looking to "resolve in short order" the CFL Toronto Argonauts' ownership issue. Argonauts co-Owners David Cynamon and Howard Sokolowski last month said that they "were mulling over selling the team." While "insisting they'd rather keep the team, they also said they'd require the league's help to do that, likely in the form of some revenue-sharing deal among the CFL's eight teams." Cohon yesterday said that is "certainly something up for discussion among the other owners." But he said that a "final deal on that is likely a ways off" (TORONTO STAR, 11/11).