Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sports 101

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Sports 101

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Expanded luxury seating. A state-of-the-art stadium. Delicious food to satisfy anyone's appetite. Who could pass up this combination? Apparently not Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots. He has agreed to move his football team from Massachusetts to Connecticut in exchange for a $350 million stadium. Hartford- area officials hope the move will reap long-term economic benefits.

Q: Is the move a

done deal? A: No. The Patriots did not sign an agreement to move to Hartford. They signed a deal promising not to negotiate with any other states until Dec. 31. The Connecticut Legislature has until then to decide whether to commit $350 million to build the team a stadium. In addition, the move would require the approval of 24 of the 31 NFL owners. Q: New stadiums tend to raise ticket prices. What's the average ticket price in the NFL today? A: In the six new stadiums that have been built for NFL teams in the 1990s, the average is $50.50 - much higher than the $40. …

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