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Fourth of July Ticket Specials

June 30th 2008

Q. Could you provide a few examples of how sports teams may be leveraging Fourth of July to attract fans besides fireworks?

A. Although the WNBA does not play a game on July 4, four teams (Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Seattle) host games on July 3 and five teams (Atlanta, Houston, Indiana, Phoenix and Seattle) hosts games on July 5.

The Los Angeles Sparks are offering a special family plan for four tickets and four combo meals for only $50.  The Indiana Fever are also offering a family plan that ranges from $10 to $79 (depending on seat preference) and includes tickets, hot dogs, chips, a soft drink, and T-shirts.  The Phoenix Mercury are offering a Daddy’s Date Night Pack that includes tickets, hot dogs, soft drinks, and a basketball.
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Canada Day Ticket Special

June 23rd 2008

Q. Have you come across a ticket special that a sports team is offering for Canada Day?

A. First, an early happy Canada Day (it’s not until July 1) to each of our fellow Canadian readers.  The Seattle Mariners will host the Toronto Blue Jays on July 1, and have a special offer for all Canadian residents in honor of Canada Day.

The game is being tabbed the “Battle of the Border,” and the Mariners are offering a special ticket price of $14 (regularly $20) on view reserved seating and a $25 ticket (regularly $40) for field seating.  In addition, fans receive a free “Mariners Canada Day” T-shirt with each special ticket purchase.
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Maximize Your Vacation Time

June 16th 2008

Q. What are your thoughts on utilizing vacation days and the message that may be sent to the boss, employer, and co-workers when all vacation days are utilized annually?

A. As someone who once went a stretch of 11 years (yes, 11 consecutive years) without taking one vacation or sick day, I’m proud to say I fully maximize and enjoy my vacation days. (more…)

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Hit a Homerun with Dads

June 9th 2008

Q. Could you share one of your favorite Father’s Day ticket specials and events that other sports teams could offer during Father’s Day or any time during the year?

A. The Buffalo Bisons are hosting the “Bisons Father Day Festivities,” which includes the Bisons annual “Play Catch with Dad” opportunity on the field following the game on Father’s Day, June 15.

In addition to creating the special on-field experience for Dad and the kids, the Bisons do a great job of offering a family experience by creating a Father’s Day ticket package that includes four game tickets, four hot dogs, four sodas, and of course a Buffalo Bisons neck tie for Dad…all for the family-friendly price of $56. (more…)

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Summer Reading Recommendations

June 2nd 2008

Q. Summer is here and I’d like to know what books you recommend?

A. Here are four books to get you started: “The Last Lecture,” by Randy Pausch; “Enjoy the Ride,” by Steve Gilliland; “The Answer,” by John Assaraf and Murray Smith; and “Crazy Busy,” by Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.
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