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Larry Lucchino: Fenway Park sellout streak likely to ‘rest in peace’ in April 02.14.13 at 2:45 pm ET
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FORT MYERS, Fla. — It has been nearly a decade since the Red Sox announced anything short of a sellout crowd at Fenway Park. Since May 15, 2003, every game at Fenway Park has been announced as a sellout in a remarkable 793-game streak that has become increasingly controversial thanks to the swaths of green seats that characterized the park (thanks chiefly to no-shows) last September.

The streak, however, appears to stand on the brink of its demise. With ticket sales down following a 69-93 disaster of a 2012 season, Red Sox CEO/president Larry Lucchino acknowledged on Thursday at JetBlue Park that the streak of packed houses is expected to conclude in April.

“It’s going to rest in peace, I think, sometime in April I suspect. That’s not such a terrible thing,” said Lucchino. “It’s an extraordinary accomplishment.”

Lucchino defended the legitimacy of the streak. The Sox currently use the same definition of a sellout that has been in use for decades, dating prior to the current ownership group’s assumption of control of the club in 2002. The standard for a sellout is that there are more tickets sold than there are seats in the ballpark. Lucchino said that the Sox haven’t twisted either numbers or definitions to sustain their run of sellouts. Read the rest of this entry »

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Red Sox COO Sam Kennedy: ‘We are paid to do one thing, and that’s to win’ 01.17.13 at 11:35 pm ET
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Red Sox executive vice president and chief operating officer Sam Kennedy, in an interview on WEEI’s Red Sox Hot Stove Show, disputed the suggestion found in published excerpts from former Sox manager Terry Francona‘s that the franchise’s baseball decisions started to be shaped by marketing concerns. Instead, Kennedy stated that the Sox’ mission is defined by the team’s on-field success, with marketing (and concerns such as NESN’s broadcasting success) serving that goal, rather than vice-versa.

“Great sports organizations, great ownership groups like ours, have one goal, and that is to win baseball games. We’€™ve been here for 11 years together. Our group’€™s won two world championships, we’€™ve had six postseason appearances, we’€™ve won over 1,000 baseball games,” said Kennedy. “The business side, the baseball side and the community outreach side all need to work together to achieve that common goal of winning games.

“To be clear, the way that I view the world, I can speak for myself, is that we on the business side are here to support and provide the necessary resources to the baseball operations group to do everything in their power to field a team that does one thing, and that is win. Winning baseball games is and always has been the central mission of the Boston Red Sox since we’€™ve been here, and I think that John Henry and Tom Werner and Larry Lucchino have demonstrated an incredible track record of doing that. I know that I’€™m really proud to be a part of the organization. I know that [former GM Theo Epstein] was proud to be part of this organization, as was Tito. I certainly wish them both well.”

Asked if he’s seen a change in the team’s operating philosophy in recent years, Kennedy suggested he had not. He said that the biggest change in the organization has been its performance on the field rather than what is transpiring inside the team’s offices. Read the rest of this entry »

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Henry: Keeping sellout streak going won’t be easy… 02.19.09 at 10:03 am ET
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Fort Myers, Fla. – Perhaps overlooked in the 20-minute session with reporters on Wednesday was a simple and honest answer given by Red Sox principal owner John Henry on the state of one of the truly remarkable streaks in all of sports.

Dating to May 15, 2003, the Red Sox have sold out their last 469 regular season home games, the longest streak in baseball history.

But Henry acknowledged that the economy could play a significant role this year as tickets remain for several games in April and May. So naturally, the question arose, will every game be sold out again this season?

“That’s a good question,” Henry said. “It’s going to be tested this year, no doubt about it. I think we have nine or 10 games in April and May that aren’t sold out yet. So, to keep this streak alive, it will not be easy.”

Then there’s the corporate support. Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino said that the organization needs to be creative to maintain that key element of revenue to the team.

“It’s affected, to some degree, the level of corporate support of the team,” Lucchino said. “We are lucky that we have a very broad and deep fan base, and that includes the business community as well. But certainly there are greater challenges in enlisting support of our corporate partners going forward.”

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