Comma after 'but'

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Do we need a comma after 'but' in the following sentence?

Many fans have season tickets, which means they've paid in advance for all the games in a particular period, but??? although an average ticket price is between 20 pounds and 30 pounds, Man U's tickets are not as expensive as those for many other clubs.
 

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The sentence would be better as two sentences. Use a period instead of but.

I have the bad habit of joining clauses with but. I often revise such sentences by breaking them into two.
 

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I can't delete but, because it's a sentence from an audio script and I need to punctuate the script as it is.
 

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You could also punctuate it like this: Many fans have season tickets, which means they've paid in advance for all the games in a particular period. But, although an average ticket price is between 20 pounds and 30 pounds, Man U's tickets are not as expensive as those for many other clubs.

Some old-fashioned teachers will tell you never to begin a sentence with a conjunction. But, they're wrong. :) (They're particularly wrong in this case, where you're trying to punctuate a spoken utterance. People don't normally speak in essay-quality paragraphs.)
 

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You could also punctuate it like this: Many fans have season tickets, which means they've paid in advance for all the games in a particular period. But, although an average ticket price is between 20 pounds and 30 pounds, Man U's tickets are not as expensive as those for many other clubs.
Thank you, I go for you variant. By the way, I googled it and found ideas similar to yours about using but and other conjunctions at the beginning of a sentence. And, before I saw your post, I had alrerady broken the sentence and began a new one with but, like you did. I only had doubts about the comma after but (in my language it should be there). Now I see that in this case the punctuation is the same as in my language. Thank you for your help!
 

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I only had doubts about the comma after but (in my language it should be there). Now I see that in this case the punctuation is the same as in my language. Thank you for your help!
I'd say that comma is optional - and often undesirable - if the sentence is short. But I could be mistaken.
 
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