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NHL is risking a widespread exodus if it keeps raising prices

During the lockout, Gary Bettman talked about fighting to keep ticket prices affordable. But the recent spate of increases indicates the same old cash-grab approach is back, writes Terry Frei.

Updated: September 4, 2008, 2:10 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

DENVER -- This year, when NHL teams informed season-ticket holders about the terms of their potential renewals for the 2008-09 season, the letters often broke news of price increases -- but with so much spin control between the lines, fans could get dizzy as they read.

Granted, ticket-price increases are right up there on the shock meter with another young movie star entering rehab.

But wasn't it supposed to be different under the salary-cap system that commissioner Gary Bettman ...

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