Via the AP -
Bud Selig has noticed those empty seats at the new ballparks in New York, too. Should the Yankees and Mets lower their tickets prices? The commissioner said that’s up to them.
Selig said Thursday the teams will consider adjusting the cost of their premium seats. The Yankees declined comment, and the Mets said they weren’t thinking about such a move.
Speaking to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Selig said it was not an issue for Major League Baseball to decide, and added he wouldn’t make any recommendation.
“They’re going to discuss it, and whatever adjustments they want to make, they should make,” Selig said. “I wouldn’t be presumptuous talking about what they should or shouldn’t do.”
The Yankees are charging $500-$2,625 for Legends Suite tickets in 25 sections at the new Yankee Stadium in the first nine rows around the infield, an area that contains 1,895 seats.
While those seats were filled for the April 16 opener, they were more than half-empty for the remaining five games on the homestand.
“Hal Steinbrenner did say a couple of weeks ago that he thought that, you know, they may have overpriced tickets and they’ll look at it. Well, good for him,” Selig said of the Yankees managing general partner.
“And I know the Wilpons. They’re very sensitive about all this,” he added of the family that owns the Mets.
Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion wouldn’t discuss Selig’s remarks, saying: “We’re still not talking about ticket prices.”
Selig said too much is being made in the media of the top-priced seats.
“They’re off to a very good attendance start. One team is averaging 44,000 — the Yankees are at 44 — and the Metsies are averaging 37,000,” he said. “So it would be hard if I went to Pittsburgh or somewhere today and tell them, gee, you know, those two New York clubs are really struggling.”
At a separate APSE meeting earlier in the day, Major League Soccer commissioner Don Garber said he had taken notice of the unsold seats at New York’s baseball parks.
“It’s incomprehensible that you watch a game, and there will be front row seats empty,” he said.
Garber said the league’s law firm had canceled its Yankees season tickets this year. Proskauer Rose represents both MLB and MLS, but Proskauer spokesman Josh Epstein said no cancellation had been made.
“We had only 20 games in the old stadium and we decided to upgrade to a full season of 81 games behind the New York Yankees dugout,” he said.
Bud’s “no advice” and “no recommendation” approach makes sense. After all, it would be foolish to say something that could possibly anger the party who has their hand shoved up your rectum and who’s controlling you like Madame Oglepuss on Kukla, Fran and Ollie.