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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Red Sox tickets remain most expensive in MLB

04.11.12 at 7:47 am ET
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
NBA: Hawks at Celtics, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)
NBA: Knicks at Bucks, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
NBA: Warriors at Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)
NHL playoffs: Flyers at Penguins, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL playoffs: Kings at Canucks, 10:30 p.m. (NHL Network)
MLB: Red Sox at Blue Jays, 12:37 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Nationals at Mets, 1 p.m. (MLB Network)
MLB: Brewers at Cubs, 2:10 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Marlins at Phillies, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Despite the Red Sox’ decision to freeze ticket prices following last season’s collapse, the team’s ticket prices remain the highest in Major League Baseball for the second year in a row, according to information compiled by Team Marketing Report. Sox tickets average $53.38 per non-premium seat, and the cost to take a family of four to Fenway — including two adults tickets, two children’s tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking, two game programs and two baseball caps — is a league-high $336.99.

Overall, MLB ticket prices increased only 1 percent from last season, the smallest increase in the survey’s two-decade history. The average ticket price is $26.92.

‘™¦ Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said Tuesday that he has talked to point guard Deron Williams about re-signing after he becomes a free agent this offseason. As for Mavericks owner Mark Cuban trying to lure Williams back to his hometown of Dallas?

“Let the best man win,” Prokhorov said, joking: “If he wins, I will crush him with the kickboxing throwdown.”

Meanwhile, Cuban confirmed Tuesday night that he had a confrontation at halftime of a recent game with forward Lamar Odom, leading to the team placing Odom on the inactive list for the remainder of the season. The argument came during Saturday’s loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis.

“I just asked him, does he want to go for it or not. Is he in or is he out? I think he thought we were playing poker. I just didn’t get a commitment. And that was the end,” Cuban said. “This was a big game for us, and he wasn’t connecting to that. And if you’re not positive energy, you’re negative energy.”

‘™¦ Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who suffered brain damage after being beaten outside Dodger Stadium at last year’s opener, will not accept an invitation from the Giants to appear at AT&T Park for the home opener. “We’re concerned it might tire him out too much and set back his recovery,” his mother, Ann Stow, told the San Jose Mercury News, which has an update on Stow’s recovery process.

‘™¦ Reebok agreed to remove thousands of pieces of Jets apparel it produced with Tim Tebow‘s name after a settlement with Nike that was disclosed Tuesday. Nike is set to take over the league’s apparel licensing deal from Reebok, and it sued the Canton company to stop it from trying to get in a last-minute money grab.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On April 11, 1998, which Red Sox pitcher recorded his 1,000th career strikeout?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Just a dumb move. I don’t like being dumb. I like doing what I’m supposed to do.” – Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, questioning his decision not to bring in Matt Albers with the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, before Justin Thomas gave up three runs

STAT OF THE DAY: 61 – The Celtics’ shooting percentage in Tuesday’s 115-107 victory over the Heat, marking the first time an opponent shot better than 55 percent this season against Miami

‘NET RESULTS: Masters champion Bubba Watson wanders onto the CNBC set behind some unsuspecting broadcasters before a Tuesday interview on CNBC.

David Letterman sidekick Biff Henderson shows what he learned from a spring training visit with the Yankees.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Pedro Martinez, who was making his Fenway Park debut as a member of the Red Sox after being acquired from the Expos

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Joss Stone turns 25 Wednesday.

Read More: Bryan Stow, Deron Williams, Lamar Odom, Mark Cuban