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Published August 31, 2011
SPENDING FRENZY: In Boston, Fluto Shinzawa noted Sabres fans "are reeling" this offseason because their penny-pinching club is burning through cash." Former Sabres player Daniel Paille said, "Definitely a new scene. When I was there, they were more stingy with spending the money. Now they have an owner who wants to win. They have that enthusiasm right now." The "free-spending Sabres will need to clear more than $3 million in salary to become cap-compliant before the start of the season" (BOSTON GLOBE, 8/28)
FILLING SEATS: Lynx Exec VP Roger Griffith said ticket sales for his WNBA club, which has a league-best 24-6 record thanks in part to rookie F Maya Moore, "are up 30 percent" this season. Griffith added, "The number of fans in the arena is up 60 percent. That's always been a frustration -- the number of people with a ticket and they don't show up. People who have a ticket are showing up. We've already sold more season tickets for next year than we did for all of last season" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 8/30).
TICKET MONSTER: In N.Y., Ken Belson profiled Fenway Park's sellout streak, which "is scheduled to hit 700 games on Friday." It has been "more than eight years since a seat went unsold at Fenway." According to Fansnap.com, the average resale ticket price for games at Fenway Park is "$139.95, by far the highest" in MLB. In addition, the wait list for season tickets to Red Sox games at Fenway "now has 8,500 names" (N.Y. TIMES, 8/30).