SBD/October 16, 2012/Franchises

MLB Franchise Notes: Red Sox Not Raising Ticket Prices For '13

Red Sox ticket prices for spring training and regular season games will stay the same
In Boston, Michael Silverman notes the Red Sox "will not raise ticket prices" for next season. Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino in a statement said, "It was abundantly clear this year that we should hold the line on ticket prices." Silverman notes any "hike in ticket price, already the highest on average in the majors, would likely have been met with a revolt in the marketplace." That, in turn, would "make the club's already formidable task of maintaining its sellout streak more challenging." The Red Sox also said that Spring Training ticket prices "will be held at 2012 prices," and that the club will "retain special discounted ticket pricing options for clergy and active members of the armed forces" (BOSTON HERALD, 10/16).

BUYING THE BIRDS: Orioles Communications Dir Greg Bader said that the team's front office "has already received more deposits for season tickets this offseason than it had over the previous several years combined." In Baltimore, Jack Lambert notes one of the "more popular promotions from this year's season might not be back" in '13 though. The Orioles "cut bleacher ticket prices to $4 and left field lower box seats to $8 for the final few weeks of the season." The prices, which were "set to honor the anniversary of the Orioles opening of Camden Yard in 1992, helped the team fill the ballpark at the end of the year." Bader said, "It was to continue the celebration of Camden Yards. We weren't just slashing prices" (BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL, 10/12 issue).

JUST A MATTER OF TIME: In San Diego, Tod Leonard writes golfer Phil Mickelson is "still on target to have a stake in the ownership of the Padres." Mickelson last night said of his possible relationship with the team, "We'll hopefully have something here shortly to announce." Leonard writes all indications are that Mickelson "is in the final stages of negotiations to come on board with the new ownership." Mickelson: "There are a lot of little variables. It's the timing of everything as it relates to my career, how that will work over time -- how we'll work through that and so forth. All of that stuff plays into the whole relationship. We just want to have a clear understanding" (SAN DIEGO UNION TRIBUNE, 10/16).

THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN: In Cleveland, Joel Hammond notes the Indians' season-ticket base "has decreased steadily since 2008, the year after the team was one game away from the World Series." That year, the Indians had "15,000 full-season equivalents, up 15.3% over 2007, when they had 13,000." But that base "dropped 22% in 2009, to 11,700, and 31% in 2010, to 8,000." Last season, it "dropped to 7,500 and this year is thought to be closer to 6,000." The team was last in MLB attendance "for much of the 2012 season, though it rallied late in the season and finished 29th, averaging 19,797 fans per game." Still, that was "a 13% decrease" (CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS, 10/15 issue).
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