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SBD/July 8, 2013/Franchises
Grousbeck Confident Of Celtics' Future After Key Departures, Hiring Of Brad Stevens
Published July 8, 2013
SEASON-TICKET SALES HOLDING STRONG: Celtics President Rich Gotham said that season-ticket retention is a "little above 90 percent at present, which is down from 95 percent the season before." In Boston, Tom Layman noted the season-ticket base during the '06-07 season, the year before the acquisition of F Kevin Garnett and G Ray Allen, was "roughly 6,500." But that "ballooned to more than 13,000 before being capped to allow for single-game and 10-game packaged tickets to be sold when Garnett and Allen came aboard." Gotham said of the team's recent changes, "I think fans accept that and I think they expected it to happen this offseason" (BOSTON HERALD, 7/7).
CELTIC PRIDE & PREJUDICE: In Boston, Gary Washburn wrote the Stevens hiring "proves that the Celtics job still holds cachet." It will "take a few years" to win, and it will "be a tedious process but one that should excite Celtics fans because Stevens is the perfect choice for the face of the franchise" (BOSTON GLOBE, 7/4).