NJ-resident Michael Bandler sued the Devils Wednesday saying that he has risked bodily injury and endured snowy nights and lousy teams all to be a Devils fan. He is alleging the team violated the consumer fraud act when it denied him postseason tickets for the past two years. Bandler: "I watched them lose for 10 or 12 years, and then they started winning and things were looking good, and I got left out" (Thomas Zambito, Bergen RECORD, 8/10)....Dodger players are being limited to six tickets for tonight's Cardinals game due to the increased demand for tickets when Hideo Nomo pitches. The Dodgers average attendance is 36,396, but 41,047 when Nomo pitches (Chris Baker, L.A. TIMES, 8/10)....Boston Neurologist Edison K. Miyawaki bought ownership shares in the Bengals from Bengals Chair Austin E. Knowlton. It is the first time someone from outside the state of Ohio has owned part of the team. Miyawaki said he has no intentions of trying to move the team. (AP/Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 8/10).
The Winnipeg City Council's ruling on advancing the Spirit of Manitoba additional pre-construction arena financing has been delayed a day with a decision due late this afternoon, according to the WINNIPEG FREE PRESS. Nick Martin writes the City Council decided to wait until this morning to get a start on "a long and lengthy debate." Councilman Terry Duguid said Mayor Susan Thompson probably has the votes needed to give the Spirit "the green light." Duguid predicting today's outcome: "Many speeches and a 9-7 vote." The current ownership group of the Jets is meeting today to begin considering a Spirit request for an extension of the Aug. 15 deadline to have the deal completed to purchase the team (Nick Martin, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/10). DON'T BOGART YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: The Spirit of Manitoba "pulled out all of the stops" and launched a massive fund-raising effort to close a C$15M funding gap days before the August 15 deadline. The group must raise C$80M by the 15th to exercise an option to purchase the majority shares of the team. The ownership group will grant a two-week extension for the Spirit to complete the purchase of the team after they have received C$80M in pledges (WINNIPEG FREE PRESS, 8/10).
Among the details of the "last-minute changes" in the deal returning the Raiders to Oakland are mechanisms which could cost Oakland area taxpayers if the NFL takes action to absorb Raiders PSL revenue, according to the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. The Raiders want to use PSL revenue to cover Oakland's stadium improvement bonds. The NFL sees the PSLs as part of the team's ticket revenue which is subject to league rules requiring teams to share 34% of their ticket receipts with visiting teams. Under the revised agreement, the Coliseum will be required to side with the Raiders in any court action between the Raiders and the NFL on the issue. Of the $63.9M the team plans to raise through the sale of PSLs, the Raiders will be responsible for paying 34% on the first $49.9M of PSL revenue, or $16.9M. The Coliseum will be responsible for paying 34% on the remaining $14M, or $4.76M. The Coliseum will also be liable for the first $600,000 in legal fees to defend any lawsuit. If the Coliseum then has "inadequate revenues" from PSLs to pay off the bonds, it will have to "tap city and county tax offers" (Stacey Wells & David Li, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/10). Another aspect of the last-minute deal assures Davis $3.8M "from this month's weak-selling pre-season games and increases the risk for taxpayers," according to Barry Witt in the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS. Witt notes ticket sales, as of Tuesday, left a difference of $1.8M between what has been guaranteed and what has been sold. Any shortfall will be covered by bonds, and ultimately, "will be absorbed by taxpayers." Coliseum Board President George Vukasin said the deal is "a little risky," but added, "the most important thing was we needed to get the tenant signed, sealed and delivered on Monday, and that was accomplished" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 8/10). A GOOD PLACE FOR A TRIBUTE TO GARCIA? The Coliseum hired L.A.-based Tutor-Saliba Corp. as general contractor, Cordell Corp. as project manager, and Kansas City, MO-based HNTB Architects Engineers Planners as designers in the Coliseum renovation efforts (OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 8/10).
THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY surveyed each NFL team concerning their single-game ticket prices for the '95-96 season. Below is a list of the teams and their ticket prices for '95 and how they compare to last year. TEAM'95 PRICES'94 PRICES BUFF $26, $34, $41Same CINCFrom $30 to $37$3 increase in all ranges CLEV$17, $25, $31, $35, $55Prices from $17-$35 DEN$19, $25, $30, $38Same HOUS$20, $27, $31, $36, $38Same INDI$15, $23, $25, $29, $35$15, $23, $29 JAX$35, $46^ ---- KCAvg. price is $31.09Avg. price was $29.03 OAKN/A$15, $25, $35, $38, $42 MIA$20, $33, $34, $35, $36,$20, $28, $33 $40, $43 NE$23, $25, $32, $35, $38, $50Same NYJAll tickets are $25Same PITTAll tickets are $30Same SANAvg. price is $35Avg. price was $31 SEA$19, $28, $32, $38Same ^ = Preseason prices. Regular season prices have yet to be announced. Season ticket prices are $150, $300, $400, $500, $600, $750, $1,500.
The Northwest Entertainment Group may be looking to change their name, according to this morning's VANCOUVER SUN. The rumored new name for the owner of the Canucks, Grizzlies, and GM Place is either Orca Entertainment Group or Orca Island Entertainment Group. VP/Communications Tom Mayenknecht: "Nothing has been finalized in terms of the corporate identity, but we are looking for a number of visual elements." Mayenknecht said NEG Chair Arthur Griffiths had "challenged senior management to find ways to mark the new era," and suggested the name change be in place by the opening of the GM Place on September 19. Among the changes is a "more aggressive foray into publishing and a multiple presence on the internet to complement other marketing ploys." NEG is looking to publish three magazine, one for Grizzlies and Canucks fans and another "promoting the company's other entertainment ventures" (Daphne Bramham, VANCOUVER SUN, 8/10).