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Sabres blame CBA for ticket price hike

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11:24 AM ET 04.28 | While debate rages over who should win the NHL's annual honors, such as the Hart, Norris and Calder trophies, the 2013 Chutzpah Award has been decided by acclamation. The winner is: the Buffalo Sabres. The letter to the Sabres' band of season-subscribers informing them of the price increase was over the name of John Sinclair, VP of Tickets and Services, but it is impossible to believe the owner was not either involved with or informed of the communique, as follows: "Before next season, one necessary change we'll be making is increasing the average price of our tickets by roughly 4% across all ticket levels and seat locations," the letter begins. Ah. "A necessary change." Why? Oh, here it comes: "As part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with our players, all teams must produce revenue primarily through ticket sales in order to keep the stability of the league and its franchises strong," the communication continues.

New York Post

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April 28, 2013  11:59 AM ET

Sabres Saw CBA As Tool

April 28, 2013  02:12 PM ET

Can they also blame their lousy play on the CBA?

April 28, 2013  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Can they also blame their lousy play on the CBA?

I would think they would also be unloading salary this off-season, so it is doubly lame

April 28, 2013  04:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Can they also blame their lousy play on the CBA?

Might as well...

And while they are at it - go ahead and blame Darcy on the CBA too.

April 28, 2013  06:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Might as well... And while they are at it - go ahead and blame Darcy on the CBA too.

I kind of like it when it's all Bettman's fault.

 
April 30, 2013  03:48 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I kind of like it when it's all Bettman's fault.

me too....makes more sense that way.

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