DOES BALTIMORE HAVE A PLACE IN ITS HEART FOR ITS NEW BIRDS?
As the Ravens play their second season in Baltimore,
its "flock is neither as large or as zealous as many NFL
watchers had expected and Ravens officials had hoped,"
according to Ken Denlinger of the WASHINGTON POST. He adds
that MD fans are "reluctant to totally embrace the Ravens"
for "three reasons," one of which is "guilt" over the way
the team came to Baltimore. Another "is that the Ravens
aren't the Colts," but "probably the major blame" is team's
performance. One "prominent" team exec said, "At some
point, product matters." The team has recently launched a
campaign to sell the remaining 12,000 PSLs with the theme,
"The Best Is Yet to Come." But MD Stadium Authority Chair
John Moag said the "only objective measure of fan interest
is ticket sales" and that's been "extremely positive" for
the Ravens. Moag notes the team has sold 87 of 100 luxury
boxes and all 7,900 club seats for its new stadium, set to
open next season (WASHINGTON POST, 10/23).