The Broncos are “raising their reserved-seat ticket prices" by an average of 4.2% next season, according to Mike Klis of the DENVER POST. Season-ticket holders "were informed of the increases" last week, "along with a letter" from Broncos Owner Pat Bowlen. The increase “affects a little more than half of the 64,501 reserved seats at Sports Authority Field.” The “biggest hit will be to those who sit in the lower corners of the end zones,” with seats "going up" 10.5% from $95 to $105. Sections in the “upper corners ($53 to $57) and lower end zones ($80 to $85) also are going up.” The team is “increasing its club and premium seating" pricing between 3.3% and 9.6%. But the Broncos “will not raise their parking rates, as some other NFL teams are doing along with their seat price increases this year.” Whatever the pricing increase, "evidence suggests Broncos fans will pay" after a franchise-record 613,062 fans "gathered at Sports Authority Field last season" (DENVER POST, 2/2).
ARCH WAY: In St. Louis, Jim Thomas reported Rams season-ticket holders last week received an e-mail notice “informing them of a slight increase in season-ticket prices for the 2013 season.” The e-mail “included a letter from coach Jeff Fisher and a highlight video of the 2012 season.” A seat that cost $82 a game last season "now costs $88.” There is a “discount program for those who renew by Feb. 22.” Applying the discount to an $88 ticket, the price "goes down to $84." Rams Exec VP/Football Operations Kevin Demoff said that the increase in season-ticket prices is $2 per game in "two-thirds of the Edward Jones Dome for those renewing by Feb. 22” (ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 2/2).
The NHL and the city of Glendale on Friday pledged to "reboot efforts to secure" the Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena, according to Paul Giblin of the ARIZONA REPUBLIC. The team will “continue to play in Glendale under the ownership of the NHL, at least in the short term.” Neither the NHL nor the city “offered many details about their next steps after potential buyer Greg Jamison failed to meet a crucial deadline to purchase the team.” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Friday said, “We remain hopeful the Coyotes sale process will be resolved successfully and we will continue to work with the city of Glendale to move the process forward.” Coyotes President & COO Mike Nealy “issued a similarly worded statement, noting that Jamison intends to continue his efforts to purchase the team” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/2). FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com’s Craig Morgan cited sources as saying that WHL Portland Winterhawks Owner & CEO Bill Gallacher “could be part of a group in the running to purchase the team on a fast track.” Gallacher has been “a bridesmaid in his quest to own an NHL team on several occasions," most recently with the Stars and Devils. Portland was a "rumored destination for the Coyotes once before" and has an "NHL-ready arena" in the Rose Garden. It is unclear if Gallacher is "only pursuing a controlling interest or could be part of a group that still involves Jamison” (FOXSPORTSARIZONA.com, 2/1). An ARIZONA REPUBLIC editorial stated, "The market appears to be saying something that Arizona hockey fans don’t want to hear, which is that investors cannot envision the team turning a profit” (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/2). In Montreal, Pat Hickey wrote, “The No. 1 question should be: Why does the NHL want to keep these dogs in the desert?" (Montreal GAZETTE, 2/2).
In London, Oliver Kay reported the Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain owners Qatar Sports Investment "hope to use their connection with David Beckham to buy an American soccer franchise, either in partnership or in direct competition" with him. QSI “believes that PSG’s signing of Beckham on a five-month contract will provide a commercial foothold in the United States, as well as in Asia.” QSI's preference is to "look at the East Coast of the U.S.," targeting a franchise such as the NASL Cosmos or MLS Red Bulls, "but they have not discounted the option of trying to buy in partnership with Beckham" (LONDON TIMES, 2/2).
TROLLEY DODGING:In L.A., Steve Dilbeck wrote, "If the Lakers continue their embarrassing implosion, could this actually swing back to a Dodgers town?" The Dodgers have “a long way to go to recapture this city’s No. 1 status from the Lakers, who easily have been the dominant sports team here over the last 20-plus years.” Dodgers owners Guggenheim Partners appear "on the right course to healing wounds from the Frank McCourt/Fox era.” Dilbeck: "A seeming opportunity is there" (LATIMES.com, 2/2).
WALKING IN MEMPHIS:Grizzlies Owner Robert Pera on Friday during an online chat with fans said that NBA teams “can win championships without ‘dominant superstars,’ mentioning the Pistons and recent Spurs teams.” Pera: "I believe with our recent moves, this Grizzlies team as now constructed can potentially become the latest example." Meanwhile, he said that wireless Internet connectivity is “currently being installed ‘on the roof’ of FedExForum," using technology from Pera's Ubiquiti Networks firm (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 2/2).
TOP CHIEF:Chiefs Chair & CEO Clark Hunt said that he “pays more attention to the Chiefs than many people think.” Hunt said, “The last four or five years after my father passed away, I do spend a lot of my time … thinking through the strategy of who do we need to re-sign, how can we get better at this position?” In K.C., Randy Covitz noted with coach Andy Reid and GM John Dorsey both “reporting directly to him, Hunt plans to keep an even stronger pulse on the organization.” Hunt: “There was a feeling in (K.C.) that I didn’t care. Nothing could be further from the truth” (K.C. STAR, 2/2).