NEW PENGUINS INVESTOR SPEAKS OUT ON TEAM, TICKETS, ARENA
Penguins co-Owner Roger Marino was interviewed in
Sunday's Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW. Marino has "been making
himself heard lately" as he was "the man behind" the Pens'
signing of Jaromir Jagr and the team's decision to reduce
season ticket prices next season. He also "had a hand in
relieving" Team President Donn Patton. Marino said that a
move to replace Patton won't be made "until after the
season, and he and co-owner Howard Baldwin "will become more
involved" in the team's day-to-day operations. Marino, on
the ticket price reduction: "One of the messages we kept
hearing from the fans was that ticket prices were too high.
We tried to shape that into reality, even though it turns
out we have the 13th-highest ticket prices in the league.
... One thing we have to do next season is market the team
correctly." Marino called the team's arena situation
"livable," and added, "If we keep doing the things we want
to do to upgrade our building, 17,100 or 17,200 seats will
be OK" (Pittsburgh TRIBUNE-REVIEW, 2/22).