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Lindros Jerseys Not Selling Well

May 10, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The Philadelphia Flyers are doing quite well without Eric Lindros. The same can’t be said for retailers looking to sell licensed products bearing his name.

Lindros hasn’t played since March 13 because of a concussion. He received another concussion Thursday, and his season is most likely over.

Considering his tense relationship with management, the expiration of his contract at the end of the season and the fact he’s had five concussions in two years, his career as a Flyer may be over as well.

It’s no surprise then that plenty of No. 88 jerseys can be found on the racks at sporting goods stores across the Philadelphia area.

``We have more Lindros jerseys than any other player,″ said Greg Winfrey, a manager at Dick’s in Mt. Laurel, N.J. ``He just hasn’t been selling. We don’t see many of his jersey move out of here.″

At Modell’s in South Philadelphia, Lindros jerseys have been discounted 50 percent to $59.99. It hasn’t made much of a difference.

``Everything is doing pretty well except Lindros,″ store manager Jamie Courtney said. ``After the injury, he stopped selling.″

But Al Hannan of Al’s Rainbow in South Philadelphia, has another explanation for the decline in sales of Lindros apparel. Hannan said Lindros hasn’t been a popular seller in his store for two years.

``It’s not really a negative situation,″ Hannan said. ``If you bought a Lindros jersey five years ago, unless you ruined it, why buy another one?″

Younger players like Simon Gagne and Brian Boucher are gaining popularity. Mark Recchi, who had an All-Star season, is a hot seller and so is John LeClair, a perennial All-Star.

``People aren’t buying Lindros jerseys because they think he’s not going to be back next year,″ said Tom DiGirolamo, a Flyers fan from Glendora, N.J.

Without Lindros, the Flyers beat Pittsburgh in Game 6 on Tuesday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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