Let Them Eat (Pinstriped) Cake

010Great news in today’s New York Post. Yankee tickets are still available on StubHub.
Some of you may recall that the Yankees bitched and moaned about re-sale tickets being so cheap on StubHub. They were so cheap, of course, because a) the Yankees stunk and, b) seats in the lower deck are so outrageously expensive that no one can afford them (or the $45 parking, or the $12 hot dogs, or the $15 mixed drinks in the Hard Rock).
Anyway, the Yankees have set up their own re-selling site, but clearly season ticket holders, which is their right, are still selling tickets through StubHub.
Anytime the Yankees get financially screwed by the fans, it’s good news. They’ve done it enough to us over the years.
Here are the pertinent facts from John Crudele’s column:

The Yankees may think they got rid of StubHub by signing a deal with TicketMaster — but that’s not the case.

Readers will remember that the Yanks were annoyed that StubHub wouldn’t set a minimum price on the Yankee Stadium tickets fans were reselling on its site.

So, in a rage against the free-market system, the Bombers bolted from Major League Baseball’s deal with StubHub.

But I told you months ago that wouldn’t be the end of it — and it isn’t.

Recently StubHub sent out an e-mail saying “MLB 2013 Tickets Are Here.” And, sure enough, there are plenty of Yankee tickets in the batch. Thousands of spring training tickets are listed for as little as $9. And there are also thousands of other tickets for regular season games at prices below what the Yankees are asking.

For the April 18 game against the Diamondbacks, for instance, StubHub recently had 2,720 tickets listed. And the cheapest ones were being offered at $8, which includes delivery and service fee.

If fans buy from the Stadium directly, those same seats are $20. The cheapest seats — those in the bleachers — cost more than $12 if bought from the Yanks.

About Mark Yost
Mark Yost is the author of the Rick Crane Noir series, published by Stay Thirsty Press. Rick Crane is the classic, anti-hero private eye in the spirit of Sam Spade and Jim Rockford. He works in the unmistakably noirish underworld of Upstate New York, running errands and fixing problems for Jimmy Ricchiati Sr., one of Upstate New York's most notorious crime bosses. But readers quickly learn that deep down, Rick Crane is one of the good guys. "Cooper's Daughter," the first book in the widely acclaimed series, is a fast-moving tale in which a heartbroken father comes to Rick and asks him to find out what really happened to his daughter, who was murdered and the details buried in the Unsolved Crimes File of the local police department. The second book in the series is "Jimmy's Nephew," which begins with the death of Joey "Boom Boom" Bonadeo, an up-and-coming boxer and the nephew of Rick's underworld boss. What starts out as a routine investigation turns into a case that will test Rick's faith -- in the Catholic Church and his fellow man. Book No. 3 in the series, "Mary's Fate" is due out in August 2015. Mark Yost also writes for The Wall Street Journal Arts in Review page, as well as the Book Review section. He is a member of the Mystery Writers of America -- Midwest Chapter, International Thriller Writers, and a number of other author groups. He is also a member of the Amazon Author's Program. Mark lives in the Loyola neighborhood of Chicago, but he and his son, George, call the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn "home."

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