• W-StubHub, L-Yankees

    Posted by on February 7th, 2013 · Comments (12)

    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?

    Comments on W-StubHub, L-Yankees

    1. Evan3457
      February 7th, 2013 | 6:43 pm

      Doesn’t help me unless I can buy the tickets before the market window closes and still go to the game.

      I wonder how long “electronic delivery” takes…

    2. 77yankees
      February 7th, 2013 | 6:46 pm

      They tried to double dip on their own tickets by backing out of their legal kickbacks from Stub Hub, and now they’re getting nothing for it.

      Randy Levine, the Wile E. Coyote of Yankee suits.

    3. 77yankees
      February 12th, 2013 | 9:53 pm

      Apparently, StubHub is leasing space across the street from the Stadium for fans to pick up their StubHub bought tickets – how epic is that???!!!

      http://www.bobsblitz.com/2013/02/plenty-of-9-yankees-tix-on-stubhub.html

    4. Raf
      February 12th, 2013 | 10:34 pm

      @ 77yankees:
      Oh, that’s awesome :D

    5. Evan3457
      February 13th, 2013 | 3:00 am

      77yankees wrote:

      Apparently, StubHub is leasing space across the street from the Stadium for fans to pick up their StubHub bought tickets – how epic is that???!!!
      http://www.bobsblitz.com/2013/02/plenty-of-9-yankees-tix-on-stubhub.html

      Trost told Francessa today that opening that office would be illegal because you can’t re-sell tickets within 1500 feet of the Stadium.

      However, if it’s only a pick-up kiosk/office, and they don’t sell the tickets, maybe it’s OK.

    6. 77yankees
      February 13th, 2013 | 4:47 pm

      @ Evan3457:

      They mention that in the link I posted, and I’m sure StubHub consulted their legal beagles on the matter before they went ahead.

      And then there’s this: http://bats.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/12/yankees-resale-market-with-compete-with-stubhub/ which features this press release comment from Hal Levine, ERRR…Steinbrenner.

      “It is unfortunate that unscrupulous resellers utilize deceptive practices and tactics and employ unofficial Web sites, all of which give rise to counterfeit tickets,” Steinbrenner said in a statement.

      Doesn’t mention SH specifically, of course, because that would open up another Pandora’s Box for the lawyers.

      I imagine once the season begins, that the Yankee ticket office will have hawks watching SH every day, and consequently contacting their season subscribers who dare peddle their ducats there.

    7. February 13th, 2013 | 5:37 pm

      @ 77yankees:
      I would not put it past them.

    8. Raf
      February 13th, 2013 | 6:49 pm

      @ Steve L.:
      Neither would I. But props to StubHub for successfully trolling the Yanks :D

    9. 77yankees
      March 18th, 2013 | 10:54 pm
    10. March 19th, 2013 | 7:33 am

      Meanwhile, I have two games in April that I need to sell and I have been offering them to anyone and everyone at a reduced price and I cannot sell them – and they are very good seats.

      What does that tell you – and the Yankees.

    11. MJ Recanati
      March 19th, 2013 | 9:15 am

      Steve L. wrote:

      What does that tell you

      Nothing really.

    12. March 19th, 2013 | 9:24 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      Actually, it says that people don’t want to go see the Yankees in April. But, that’s been the case for the last few years.

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