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NFL Panthers Ticket Sales & Operations Dir Phil Youtsey said that a “new line of permanent seat licenses, or PSLs, has been introduced for the upcoming season.” In Charlotte, Erik Spanberg noted the new PSLs “sell for $1,000 each for 500 seats located in the upper-level corners of the stadium.” The cheapest seat licenses previously available “sold for $2,000; prices go as high as $20,000 per seat.” Accompanying season tickets “cost $390 annually, or $39 for eight regular-season games and two exhibitions.” Youtsey said that more than “half of the new seat licenses have sold, chiefly through online campaigns and billboards.” The Panthers “kept ticket prices the same for 2013, the third year in a row they weren’t increased” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 4/30). The Panthers continue to run ads offering PSLs and season tickets for $21 per month (THE DAILY).

HELLO, MY NAME IS...: In DC, Tim Craig noted City Council member David Grosso is “preparing to introduce a resolution calling on the Washington Redskins to change its name, perhaps to the Washington Redtails.” Grosso said that he “plans to pursue his non-binding resolution because the current name is ‘a derogatory, racist name.’” Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder and team officials have “largely avoided the debate, giving no indications that they are seriously considering such a change.” Grosso said that he “plans to formally introduce” the resolution in “a few weeks” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 4/30).

I NOMINATE: In L.A., Bill Plaschke writes former Lakers coach Phil Jackson “should be” the team's president. Jackson “wouldn't draft the players or work the contracts,” as that is Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak's “expertise, but he could certainly recruit the best talent and motivate it once it arrived.” Even when Jackson “was on the bench, his best attribute was not calling plays, but establishing a championship culture.” After three consecutive early exits from the playoffs, “that culture could require some tweaking” (L.A. TIMES, 5/1).

RUSHING TO JUDGMENT? The NLL Edmonton Rush yesterday announced that it “has had preliminary discussions with the City of Saskatoon to relocate there.” But the team added, “No discussions have taken place for the past 30 days” (EDMONTON JOURNAL, 5/1).
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