TICKET PRICES: WNBA Mercury officials will increase
ticket prices next season and expect their season-ticket base
to reach 6,000-8,000, up from 4,500. Mercury VP/Operations
Seth Sulka said there would still be 8,000 upper-level seats
for $8: "We're not talking about anything massive" (ARIZONA
REPUBLIC, 11/19)....The ECHL Raleigh IceCaps announced a new
ticket price -- $5 -- for youth 14-and-under and high school
and college students with ID (NEWS & OBSERVER, 11/18).
NHL: The SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS reports that twice in the
last week, the Sharks have played against teams with African-
American players. In each game, the Foreigner song "Dirty
White Boy" was played when the African-American players were
sent to the penalty box. In San Jose, David Pollak asks,
"Coincidence? Pattern? Two minutes for cluelessness?"
Sharks Exec VP Malcolm Bordelon: "Mistakes. Embarrassing
mistakes." Bordelon said that the team has pulled the song
from the playlist (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 11/18).