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Franchise Notes

Grizzlies' Season-Ticket Sales
Up 25% Over Last Year

In Memphis, Marlon Morgan reports the Grizzlies "have sold more than 1,000 new season tickets, and combined with season-ticket renewals, their season-ticket sales are up more than 25 percent over last year, although the team would not give an exact number." Team officials said that there was a "slight increase" in season-ticket sales last year, and this year is their "biggest jump since 2004-05 when FedExForum opened, although they remain under 10,000." The Grizzlies are "trying something new this season with their club-level suites." In addition to "offering multiyear leases, the Grizzlies have also carved out package deals." Suites are offered in "basketball-only packages for Grizzlies and University of Memphis games, as well as some smaller packages that feature 10 or 20 games." The Grizzlies also "have chosen to experiment with variable pricing -- charging a higher fee for the more popular games" (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 9/30).

MOVING ON UP: In Green Bay, Richard Ryman reports the economic impact of the Packers and a renovated Lambeau Field was $106M greater in '09 than in '00. A Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District study indicated that the total impact of the Packers and the stadium last season was $282M. Chicago-based AECOM Technical Services "conducted the study based on 12 questions provided by the stadium district." AECOM Associate VP David Stone said that '09 was a "below-average season for conducting the survey because of the recession and the Packers' 6-10 record the previous year" (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE, 9/30).

IN THE MIX: In N.Y., Frank Isola reports Knicks Special Assistant Allan Houston and former Warriors Exec VP/Basketball Operations Chris Mullin are "two leading candidates to replace" Knicks President of Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh. But a source said that Knicks Owner James Dolan "doesn't see the need to make another hire when Walsh already has" Senior VP/Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald and Dir of Pro Scouting & Free Agency John Gabriel working under him. Walsh, 69, is "entering the final year of his contract and is undecided about his future." Dolan is "convinced" that Florida Int'l Univ. men's basketball coach Isiah Thomas "can be an asset in recruiting free agents" for the Knicks (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 9/30).

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