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Old 10-20-2005, 11:25 AM   #1
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Saints Slow to Push Tickets for Baton Rouge Game

Saints slow to push tickets for B.R. games

Thursday, October 20, 2005
By Jimmy Smith
Staff writer Times-Picayune


BATON ROUGE -- With a little more than a week to go before the Saints play their first game of the regular season in Louisiana, the team's Baton Rouge marketing effort for the Oct. 30 matchup against the Miami Dolphins seems to be plodding.

The Saints placed their first print ad in The Baton Rouge Advocate on Oct. 12, a quarter-page advertisement, part of a series of display ads that will run in the weeks preceding games to be played at Tiger Stadium.

There have been a few television ads, as well.

But a representative for Lamar Outdoor Advertising, the major billboard company in Baton Rouge, said Wednesday the Saints had purchased no space on any of the company's area billboards.

Saints director of regional sales Mike Feder said Wednesday he was "given marching orders" by owner Tom Benson and his granddaughter, Rita, "to do whatever we have to do to get the word out" about the Saints' four regular-season games scheduled for Tiger Stadium.

But in the aftermath of the firing of executive vice president for administration Arnold Fielkow and the resignation of Connie Kowal, the senior director of marketing and ticket development, sources within the team said there has been little interest from the Saints' braintrust in doing much to sell tickets for the Baton Rouge games.

After one front office executive released information last week that 37,000 tickets had been sold for the game that features Nick Saban's return to Tiger Stadium as Miami's head coach, Benson ordered that no more ticket figures be released, according to one insider. The Saints could not provide an updated ticket number Wednesday.


The team did not open a primary ticket and marketing office in Baton Rouge until Monday, and Feder conceded that the first couple of days were spent setting up the office telephone lines and computers.


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"There's a 100 percent commitment," Feder said of the Baton Rouge marketing effort. "We're not shortcutting this process at all."
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The Comissioner told the Govenor we need a big turn out. I think they already know there is going to be a fight and they want to show as much support as possible. Where can you buy tickets? I will buy four and send someone to the game. Just let me know where to buy them from and someone will have to pick them up. Lets get the word out fellas, we can all help save the one thing that has given us so much over the years, yes alcholism and ulcers are included. We are Saint's fans for a reason and we all know it. We fight and give each other crap but the love of THIS TEAM, OUR TEAM, keeps us together and strong. It's time to organize some e-mail and letter campaigns to the Commissioner's and Saint's HQ. Let me know what else I can do to help and I am there. I know everyone is strapped for time but lets get this started and show our support before it's to late.

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