Furious that fans are reselling their tickets online, the Yankees have started revoking the contracts of season-ticket holders and banning them from buying playoff seats this year.
The team has fired off at least eight letters to season-ticket holders who resold their ducats on the popular StubHub.com Web site and several others who used eBay.com – the two largest ticket resellers in the country.
Their days with decent seats at the House That Ruth Built could be over forever.
“Please be advised that you will be neither invoiced nor entitled to any tickets to the 2006 post-season,” Yankees associate general counsel Alan Chang said in a letter to one season-ticket holder. “And you will not be offered a license for the 2007 baseball season and beyond.”
The letter, obtained by the Daily News, doesn’t accuse the ticket-holder of doing anything illegal when he sold the ducats to games on May 28 and June 9. But according to the note, the sale, resale or transfer of tickets at any price is a violation of the license agreement.
StubHub officials said they were told by customers that they had received the letters in the last 45 days or so. They said the license revocation was a competitive strike intended to put fear in Yankees’ ticket-holders.
Most of the ticket-holders who got caught were nabbed after forwarding e-tickets through yankees.com to StubHub, a source told The News.
So, the lesson here is clear. If you’re going to sell your tickets, better to do it in a dark back-alley somewhere rather than through a nice, clean, safe and secure on-line mechanism.
Then again, from the Yankees-side, it’s their tickets and they can decide who they want to sell them to, going forward, at any time. It’s their right.
In any event, it’s things like this that make me wish that the Yankees only drew 20,000 fans a game and were lucky to sell out a big game. The ticket business, from the fans angle, was much nicer in those days.