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Franchise Notes

Texans Surpass 64,000 In Season Tickets
Sales Despite Raising Prices In Offseason

The Texans revealed yesterday that they have "sold a record number of season tickets" for the upcoming season at Reliant Stadium. The Texans as of yesterday had "sold 64,355 season tickets, an increase from 2008 when they set a season high with 64,047." Texans President Jamey Rootes said, "This is our largest season-ticket base, and we'll continue to sell season tickets." The team "increased ticket prices after last season" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/1).

MISSING THE GOAL: Manchester United CEO David Gill insisted that "despite falling short of their goal of 54,000 season ticket sales by more than 2,000 it was still 'pretty good' in the current economic climate and insisted the debt-laden club is in good financial shape." Gill: "We've sold more season tickets than the capacity of most Premier League grounds. Our executive seat sales are on track as compared with last year in a different market. I think the bare facts are that the club is in good financial shape."  Fan group the Manchester United Supporters' Trust has "urged supporters to boycott the club in the hope of persuading" the Glazers to sell (ESPNSOCCERNET.com, 9/1).

MAGIC CARPET RIDE: In Orlando, Richard Bilbao reports the AFL Orlando Predators have signed a "five-year lease for $280,000 to play" their home games at Amway Center, slated to open in October. The Predators are "negotiating with the league to hold the AFL's ArenaBowl XXIV championship game in Orlando next August." The franchise also has increased its marketing budget for '11 by almost 50% "to promote the team to sponsors, advertisers and fans" (ORLANDO BUSINESS JOURNAL, 8/27 issue).

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