Via John Crudele -
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.
I guess Randy Levine doesn’t know the futility of standing in the way of market forces?