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Published May 20, 2011
TRIPLE THE FUN: In Cincinnati, Joe Reedy noted the Bengals “have introduced a new multi-game ticket package for the upcoming season.” Instead of the “usual four-game Orange and Black packages,” the team has introduced the “Triple Option” pack, which will “allow fans to package any three games of their choosing.” Bengals Ticket Sales Manager Andrew Brown said that “ticket sales for the four-game packages last year were strong compared to previous years, but with the current situation and a pretty soft home schedule, it would not have been conducive to do those packages” (CINCINNATI.com, 5/18).
A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE: In New Jersey, John Brennan writes “the WNBA scenarios are more favorable that the NBA versions in the long run” for playing at the Prudential Center. The Nets this season discovered “there is a lot of resistance from the waiting Brooklyn fan base to show up for more than the token game at the Prudential Center.” The WNBA Liberty this season will play at the arena as MSG under goes renovations, and MSG Sports President Scott O’Neill “was happy to point out that it took him only 19 minutes Thursday to go from the Garden to The Rock.” O’Neill added that about one-third of the Liberty's ticket base "has been from New Jersey even while the team was playing at the Garden” (NORTHJERSEY.com, 5/19).
NOTES: Colts Owner Jim Irsay “reiterated his stance that he won’t be cutting the pay of any employees, including coaches, during the lockout.” Irsay: “I’ve met with all of our people and my biggest thing is let’s be working hard … let’s get ready for a great season and the unusual privilege of hosting the Super Bowl” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/20)....It has been a "dreary spring for a number of baseball's most high-profile franchises, with slumping ticket sales compounded by ticket-holding no-shows kept home by rain and cold." The Mets through Wednesday were averaging 27,288 fans, down 3,031 from last year (NEWSDAY, 5/20).