German Hockey League (DEL) side Dusseldorf EG "will again play in Germany's top-flight hockey league during the '13-14 season," according to the FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG. The DEL confirmed that the DEG, together with the other 13 teams, "has received the license for the upcoming season that starts in September." The club "has fought until the end to fulfill the license requirements." The historic hockey team "has gotten into financial trouble over the last several years and finished last season at the bottom of the table." The DEG "wants to turn around its on-ice performance with a slightly improved roster during the upcoming season." DEG Managing Dir Elmar Schmellenkamp said,"We are very happy that the league has issued the license for the upcoming season to our DEG. We all know it wasn't easy this time to fulfill the requirements in the given time period" (FAZ, 7/3).
Newly promoted La Liga side Elche has sold more than 16,000 season tickets for the '13-14 season after just 20 days of its season-ticket campaign, according to the EFE. The most-sold tickets have been those at the upper ring of the grandstand, "followed by tickets for the lower curves and the lower ring." Though more than 16,000 have already been sold, the directors of the season-ticket campaign "expect sales to increase in the days to come." Elche Operations Dir Pablo Martínez said, "We have a lot of tickets left." Martínez highlighted "the popularity that grandstand tickets are having." Martínez: "There still has not been one signing, but one can't forget that last season between six and eight players arrived in the preseason. Good things come to those who wait." Elche President José Sepulcre said on the day of the presentation of the season-ticket campaign that the objective "was to sell 25,000" (AS, 7/3).