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Holders of club seat tickets unhappy with play of clubs

February 25, 1997

BOSTON (AP) _ The poor play of the Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins is pushing some fans and businesses to look for ways out their contracts for premium club seat tickets at the FleetCenter.

In 1993, two years before the FleetCenter opened, Jeanne Friedman and her friend Kevin Gould each signed a six-year contract for tickets for club seats for every home game of the Celtics and the Bruins.

They each agreed to pay nearly $11,000 a year for the basketball and hockey tickets, thinking friends and colleagues would almost certainly pay $125 per game to use them.

``We can’t even give these tickets away. It’s killing us,″ Friedman, a computer marketing executive, told the Boston Herald.

Good tickets are available on game days at the box office for much less than the club tickets offered by Friedman and Gould, and the FleetCenter recently offered holders of club seat tickets additional club tickets at a price of two for $85.

Friedman and Gould said they are looking for ways to get out of their contracts.

Their cases are not typical, said Diane Brickley, FleetCenter vice president for sales.

Most contracts for club seats are held by companies, who bought them for business reasons and are less interested in win-loss records than in an environment to impress clients and do business, she said.

However Larry Moulter, former president of the FleetCenter, said he got four calls this month from people asking how their companies could get out of club seat contracts.

Chester Darling, a Boston lawyer, said he represents a large Boston corporation looking for an amicable way out of its contract for a large block of club seats. He said there are several others.

``They’re not providing clients with a great environment for doing business if the team isn’t going to perform,″ Darling said.

The Bruins are tied with Toronto and San Jose for the worst record in the NHL. The Celtics have the second-worst record in the NBA.

Brickley said the situation is distorted because satisfied ticket-holders rarely speak out, while the unhappy ones do.

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