So, Buffalo Sabres season-ticket holders, anything interesting come in the mail today? Odds are good you received your renewal form for the 2008-09 season (if you didn't, it's on the way). Prices are going up $3 to $6 per seat, per game. That's an average of 8 percent (200 Club) to 18 percent (300 Level III).
It was to be expected. The salary cap is going up, and the Sabres will need to generate more revenue to spend on players. Also, managing partner Larry Quinn told The News today, the Sabres have to increase their revenue in order to maintain receipt of revenue sharing, per the rules set forth in the collective bargaining agreement.
The general complaint I've heard from ticket holders (and complaint might be too strong a word ... disappointment, maybe?) is that no one knew this increase was coming. Quinn said the team would have sent out info had it been a significant increase, but he figured most fans would accept this.
A typical argument against the increase would be the Sabres were a nonplayoff team, and they still are asking people for an extra $200 per seat. The Sabres' argument for the increase is the average price is $48.75, which is still less than the $49.01 it cost when Tom Golisano bought the team.
So, justifiable increase or not? And for more from Quinn, see Friday's Buffalo News.