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Sanity and insanity

Give the Dayton Gems some credit. They've heard and read the gripes -- including those written by moi -- about their high ticket prices.

And it appears the Gems are going to lower them.

This message is on their Web site:

Rumors have it also that the Gems will be holding a press conference early next week to announce a reduction in game ticket prices. "We want to be known as a club who listens to their fans," said general manager Richard Bruner, "people have said if the tickets were lower, they could come more often, and we want them to come!"

I'm sure the Gems' league-worst attendance average of 1,549 has nothing to do with this.

Regardless, good for the Gems' owners for realizing they are charging too much, but this had better be a signifcant decrease. Their Web site currently says it is $10-$14 for adults. They should be below $10 across the board, as far as I'm concerned, although I don't know the terms of their lease and such.

Going from good decisions to bad, check this out from The Flint Journal.

Let's review: A last-place Generals team (1-4-0), which has restructured ownership twice in the last six months, and which has failed to pay players in the recent past, has nothing better to do than get into a pissing match with a local beat writer? If I were the new commissioner, I would be spending the bulk of my time in Flint, Mich., these days trying to kick that organization into order.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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