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SBD/March 14, 2012/Franchises
NBA Franchise Notes: Suns Will Not Increase Ticket Prices Next Season
Published March 14, 2012
THUNDERING HERD: In Oklahoma City, John Rohde noted every Thunder home game at Chesapeake Energy Arena this season “has been a sellout,” making last night’s game against the Rockets “the 35th consecutive sellout dating back to the final 14 games last season.” Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, “It's a broken record with our crowd. You know that every game they're going to be there, every night, no matter who we play.” Rohde wrote it is “almost a certainty this entire season will be sold out.” A limited number of tickets “can be found for some of the 13 remaining home games, and the Thunder holds back 200 tickets every game as part of its Rewards Zone offer, with registration beginning three hours before tipoff” (NEWSOK.com, 3/12).
GRINDING TO A HALT: NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner noted T’Wolves G Ricky Rubio’s season-ending knee injury might also end the team’s “postseason ambitions and what had been a true NBA revival in Minnesota this winter.” Target Center was “alive again, for the first time in any sustained sense since Kevin Garnett got traded in 2007 and in some way since the last playoff appearance in 2004.” Ticket sales are up 14%, and the team’s sold out game against the Lakers last Friday was the T’Wolves “seventh, most since Garnett's final year.” Aschburner: “Now it's all on hold -- the highlights, maybe the excitement, possibly the winning” (NBA.com, 3/10).