Reds Affected by Tough Economy

CINCINNATI (AP) - With fans buying less expensive ticket
packages this year, the Cincinnati Reds have laid off a few workers
on their support staff.
The number of jobs eliminated "you can count on one hand,"
said Karen Forgus, senior vice president for baseball operations.
Forgus said Wednesday night that the club's more expensive
ticket packages haven't been selling as well as last season, when a
visit by the Boston Red Sox was a big draw. Like other teams, the
Reds package their marquee games along with others.
"It's as much a function of the schedule as the economy," she
The Reds have had eight straight losing seasons. They open
spring training on Saturday in Sarasota, Fla., trying to rebuild
around a nucleus of young players. The club traded its most
high-profile players - Ken Griffey Jr. and Adam Dunn - in the
middle of last season.

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