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SBD/August 28, 2013/Franchises
Published August 28, 2013
FINALLY BUC THE TREND? In Pittsburgh, Rob Biertempfel noted the Pirates, on track to make the postseason for the first time since '92, have "mailed order forms for playoff-game ticket strips to its current full-season, 20-game and 10-game ticket holders." Among the cost options for the 11-game strips are $655 apiece for upper grandstand, $1,328 apiece for lower outfield box and $3,825 for the first row of the Lexus Club (TRIBLIVE.com, 8/26).
IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER: THE MMQB's Peter King wrote, "Whoever designed those horrific new Jaguar helmets needs to go on vacation for a couple of weeks." Anyone who "looks at that black and tan thing and says, 'Cool,' is the same kind of person who wouldn't tell the emperor he was naked" (MMQB.SI.com, 8/26).
SKY IS THE LIMIT: In Chicago, David Haugh reports the addition of F Elena Delle Donne has helped the WNBA Sky see a 22% spike "in average attendance to nearly 7,000 fans." The more "visible Delle Donne becomes, the more the WNBA benefits, the impetus behind her decision not to play in Europe next offseason like so many peers." She said, "I want to do it differently, be a WNBA player who stays and keeps attention on the league. It's all part of my job to make it better for young girls who want to go pro someday" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 8/28).