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by Paul on 06/05/14 at 06:09 PM ET
from Darren Rovell of ESPN,
The team broke its team records for most ticket sales on a single game and most merchandise bought per fan and broke a Staples Center record for the most standing room tickets sold, according Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG, which owns the Kings and the Staples Center.
"We've been breaking a lot of records this year, including record sponsorship revenue and record ratings," Beckerman said.
The team broke a single-game ticket sales record thanks to continuing to dynamically price the playoff tickets it sells to the general public. The face value paid by fans who buy tickets to Stanley Cup Final games in Los Angeles is 65 percent higher than what the season ticket holders pay, Beckerman said. The team capped season ticket sales at 16,000 this season and have another 1,000 people on the waiting list.
Fans at Wednesday's game also spent an average of nearly $30 each on merchandise alone, while total spent on food, beverage and merchandise alone grossed more than $1 million, an all-time Kings single-game record, Beckerman said....
On Thursday, the New York Post said that AEG and Kings owner Philip Anschutz was weighing whether he should sell the Kings. Beckerman categorically denied that his boss has even given it a thought.
"The L.A. Kings are not for sale," Beckerman said. "The AEG strategy is to bring content and real estate together and that's exactly what we have with the Kings and the Staples Center. Phil is ecstatic with our business both on and off the ice."
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