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Published February 14, 2013
ICE HIKE: ESPN Chicago's Jon Greenberg cited a Team Marketing Report study as showing that NHL teams “instituted the largest ticket percentage increase among the pro hockey league, the NBA and the NFL for the second consecutive season.” The ‘13 MLB ticket average “will be released at the start of the season.” None of the averages “includes club, premium or suite tickets.” The Team Marketing Report Fan Cost Index shows that NHL season-ticket prices for the current season “went up 5.7 percent,” with the average season ticket for non-premium seats costing $61.01. The Maple Leafs have the “most expensive average ticket at $124.69,” followed by the Jets “at $97.84.” The top U.S. teams “in terms of average ticket price” are the Capitals at $79.25, the Rangers at $72.04 and Flyers at $71.59 (ESPNCHICAGO.com, 2/13).
NET PROFIT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL’s Tom Perrotta writes the dispute over prize money between the BNP Paribas Open and the ATP World Tour BOD has “become a catalyst for change in a sport known for a complex management structure, heavy bureaucracy and conflicts of interest.” There are “two tours, the ATP for the men and the WTA for women.” There also is the Int'l Tennis Federation, which “governs the Grand Slam events, and dozens of other federations and management companies that both represent players and manage tournaments.” All of them have “competing interests when it comes to the season's length and total purse.” And now “more than ever, players are saying they've had enough -- and that they want a union just for them” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 2/14).