La Liga side Granada will "lower its season ticket prices for next season" by 40%, according to the EFE. Prices will range from €120 ($163) to €750 ($1,020), and the club's objective is to "sell 18,000 season tickets," a sum that Granada President Quique Pina "hopes to reach to cover the budget and prevent debt." Pina added that the prices for the '14-15 season "are also 50% lower than they were" for Granada's first season in La Liga after it was promoted. The "corners of the stadium will be reserved for fans older than 65 and for the unemployed, who will have access" to tickets at a "special rate" of €200 ($270), while fans "younger than five will be allowed to enter for free and and all prices will be reduced for kids between five and 12 years old." Pina: "The effort of season-ticket holders in previous seasons is being rewarded. This is an opportunity for those that could not go to matches due to Spain's economic crisis. ... If we sell 18,000 season tickets, I agree not to raise prices in the upcoming years" (EFE, 6/12).
National Rugby League CEO Dave Smith will appear in Newcastle on Friday to "formally announce the new Knights onwership model," according to Robert Dillon of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. Smith "will hold a press conference at Wests Mayfield to confirm the details of what will be, initially at least, an NRL takeover." The governing body "will manage and fund the Knights for an unspecified interim period until it is ready to consider expressions of interest from prospective owners." Under the deal "brokered over the past three months during negotiations between HSG, the NRL and the Knights Members Club," it is expected that several changes will be made. Among them, the new Knights entity will kick off with between A$4M-A$5M ($3.7M-$4.7M) in its coffers, "which is what remains of the bank guarantee Tinkler forfeited, but the NRL will also contribute towards running costs." HSG "will be left to deal with other liabilities that are believed to run into millions of dollars." A Tinkler-affiliated company "will receive signage rights for five years on the back of Newcastle’s jerseys" (SMH, 6/13).
Serie A side Sampdoria President Edoardo Garrone "has stepped down" and sold the club to Massimo Ferrero (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 6/12). ... Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian is "no longer in administration," after the Court of Session signed off on the deal to complete its exit (STV, 6/11). ... Newly founded German basketball club Hamburg Towers has received a wild card to compete in the second-tier Pro A during the upcoming season (Pro A).