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FedEx Field General Admission Ticket Prices Hold Steady

By Nunyo Demasio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 26, 2005; Page D08

The Washington Redskins announced yesterday that general admission ticket prices at FedEx Field will remain unchanged for the 2005 season. It is the fourth consecutive year the Redskins haven't raised prices for such seats, which range from $44 to $79, the team said.

Last year, the Redskins had the second-highest average ticket price at $68.12, according to Team Marketing Report, a Chicago-based research firm that independently tracks such information. The New England Patriots had the highest at $75.33 and the Buffalo Bills the lowest at $37.13. The average ticket price in the NFL was $54.75.

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Arrington Seeks Arbitration

Despite public comments hinting that he would drop his contract grievance against the Redskins, linebacker LaVar Arrington still is seeking an arbitration hearing date, according to the NFL and the NFL Players Association.

The arbitration hearing over a $6.5 million bonus had been scheduled for Nov. 2 but was postponed because of a scheduling conflict with one of the NFL's lawyers. Arrington has contended that deadline pressure prevented his agent, Carl Poston, from properly examining an eight-year, $68 million contract extension signed in December 2003. According to sources familiar with the situation, Poston faces disciplinary measures pending the outcome of the hearing.

Odds and Ends

The Redskins reportedly denied the Denver Broncos permission to interview safeties coach Steve Jackson for the position of secondary coach.

Although the job would have been a promotion, NFL rules require permission for assistants for all prospective positions except head coach. . . .

Seven players have been allocated to NFL Europe: cornerback James Bethea, wide receiver Nathan Black, cornerback Rufus Brown, running back Dahrran Diedrick, linebacker Maurice Jones, offensive lineman Ben Nowland and linebacker Joe Tuipala . . .

The Redskins have signed tight end Dan Goodspeed and defensive back Roosevelt Williams. . . .

According to sources familiar with the situations, there have been no developments regarding the contracts of linebacker Antonio Pierce and cornerback Fred Smoot. Pierce is expected to be re-signed, and Smoot appears likely to switch to another team.

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