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Wild Season-Ticket Base Remains Strong After Lockout; Teams Extend Olive Branch
Published January 14, 2013
PLAYING NICE: The AP's Teresa Walker noted the Predators on Saturday "tried to start wooing fans" back with an hour-long practice. The team "sold hot dogs, popcorn and sodas for 50 cents apiece in what they billed a 'celebration.'" Predators D Shea Weber said, "Anything we can do to try and win them back, we're going to try and hopefully they'll stick with us and come with us the whole way" (AP, 1/12). In Boston, Mark Murphy reported the Bruins will distribute "free vouchers for concessions" during the team's five January home games. These will "enable fans to receive three free items from a set menu at Garden concession stands, not including alcoholic drinks" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 1/13). Also in Boston, Steve Conroy noted the Bruins "will also host a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage on Tuesday night." The scrimmage is "free to the public, but fans do need tickets to attend." Tickets will be "available to season ticket-holders and Premium Club clients before they are released to the public" (BOSTON HERALD, 1/13). In Raleigh, Chip Alexander noted the Hurricanes will "have revised mini-season ticket plans for the shortened season." Mini-season ticket plan-holders can "opt for an 18-game plan, or choose between three different 10-game plans" (NEWSOBSERVER.com, 1/12).
BREAKING EVEN: Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik said that the team will be "better off financially" because of the new CBA. Vinik "would not say if the new agreement makes the Lightning a break-even franchise or even a money-maker." But he said, "I think if we continue to do what we've done the last three years -- we've built a great organization on and off the ice -- we should be in good shape." One reason he cited is "expanded revenue sharing" (TAMPA BAY TIMES, 1/13).