Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/10/05 at 08:11 AM ET
That'll be seven "Joe Bucks" for the beer, Mr. and Mrs. Red Wings fan. After observing other teams around the NHL, and looking at their own recent history and at projected expenses for the next 12 months, the Red Wings have finally decided on ticket prices for the 2005-06 season. Regular-season games for season-ticket holders will cost the same as last season, ranging from $22 to $85. But purchasers get 5% of their money back in what the team calls "Joe Bucks" -- a currency that can be used for concessions and merchandise at Joe Louis Arena.
update 7:24am, from the Detroit Free Press,
“I tried to be brutally honest,” Wings senior vice president Jimmy Devellano told the Free Press in 2000. “When it comes right down to it, it’s payroll. It’s just payroll.”
The payroll, in 2000, was well more than $50 million. It kept going up, to $78 million in ‘04.
Now the NHL has a salary cap of $39 million. So the Wings can’t blame ticket prices on payroll anymore.
But Devellano says he can explain.
And in a way, he can.
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