SBD/January 21, 2011/Franchises

Ravens, Dolphins Will Not Raise Ticket Prices For '11 Season

Ravens will break trend of raising ticket prices every other year
Ravens President Dick Cass Thursday said that the team "will not raise ticket prices for the 2011 season, in part because of the uncertainty surrounding collective bargaining negotiations," according to Ken Murray of the Baltimore SUN. The Ravens' protocol "has been to raise ticket prices every other year -- and 2011 called for an increase." But in holding the line, Cass "acknowledged the strong fan support the team has received." Meanwhile, Cass said that the Ravens "will send out invoices shortly to announce their plan on refunding money in the event games are cancelled" due to a work stoppage. Cass: "We're not going to try to finance any work stoppage with the money we get from season-ticket holders. We will hold that separate. That's our plan" (Baltimore SUN, 1/21).

DOLPHINS HOLD THE LINE: In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin reported Dolphins CEO Mike Dee "has written a letter to season ticket holders that the team won't be raising ticket prices for the 2011 season, the second time in three years it has opted not to do so under owner Stephen Ross, and third time in the last four years overall." The Dolphins "sold 51,069 season tickets for 2010," up from 49,415 in '09 and 46,131 in '08. Dee in the letter also wrote the Dolphins are "optimistic that (collective bargaining agreement) discussions will be successful, and that a full 2011 schedule will be played" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 1/20). Meanwhile, a ST. PETERSBURG TIMES online poll asks if the reductions in many Buccaneers season-ticket prices will convince fans to buy next season. At presstime, 53% of the 352 respondents voted "Yes," while 34% of respondents voted "No." The remaining respondents indicated that they were already season-ticket holders (TAMPABAY.com, 1/21).
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