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SBD Global/May 30, 2014/Franchises

Franchise Notes: Atlético's La Liga Crown Sparks Surge In Membership, Ticket Interest

Atlético Madrid's La Liga championship "has had a strong impact on the number of club members." The team finished this season with 66,648 members, 43,873 of which are season-ticket holders. The current membership figure is the "highest in the club's history." In "just the last 14 months, the club has surpassed the 60,000-member mark, and it is now looking to reach 70,000." In the last week, Atlético has received 1,500 requests for season tickets for next season (MARCA, 5/29). ... La Liga side Espanyol President Joan Collet on Thursday "denied reports of an Asian investor's interest in purchasing a share of the club." He also "denied meeting with any such party and demanded a correction from La Vanguardia, the Catalan outlet that published the report." Collet: "Neither the Administrative Council nor the club executives have met with an Asian investor" (EP, 5/29).
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