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Sparano could face pay cut if NFL chooses to impose lockout
In West Palm Beach, Ben Volin cited a Dolphins source as saying that the franchise's coaches "have language written into their contracts stating that the team can reduce their salaries in the event of a lockout." GM Jeff Ireland "has the sole authority to determine the reduction amount," and he will "handle each coach on an individual basis instead of applying one standard salary cut." The source said that the reason for treating the coaches individually "is to allow Ireland to take family situations into account when deciding on paycuts." The source added that coach Tony Sparano "could have his salary reduced in a lockout" (PALMBEACHPOST.com, 3/10).

BLUE LIGHT SPECIAL: In St. Louis, Dan O'Neill reports the Blues "announced season ticket pricing for the 2011-12 season on Thursday that will see some 1,200 seats at Scottrade Center decrease in price by as much as" 9%. The team also is offering an "Ice Your Price" option under which current season-ticket holders through April 9 "can freeze their price for next season without an increase." After April 9, tickets for seats not decreasing in price "will adjust to an average increase" of 7.5%. O'Neill notes the Blues continue to have "among the most affordable tickets in the NHL," as the club's average ticket price this season is the "fifth-lowest in the league" (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 3/11).

FIT FOR THE KINGS: In L.A., Vincent Bonsignore wrote he thinks Orange County, which has "an estimated 3 million residents," has "enough non- or casual Lakers and Clippers fans ready to throw their allegiance behind the Kings" should they relocate to Anaheim. Bonsignore: "Call me crazy, but I think so. ... It will take time, but if the Kings are serious about fielding a competitive team, they will eventually put together a club fans are willing to pay money to see 41 times a season." Additionally, with the Lakers "soon moving to a self-owned television station, the Kings will have an open slot at Fox Sports West waiting for them" when they get there (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 3/10).
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