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Monday, June 27, 2016

Yankees to sign deal with StubHub to be official ticket resale partner

The New York Yankees will announce Monday morning that they are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team’s new fan-to-fan ticket exchange.

Financial terms were not available, but the business is believed to be worth more than $100 million to the Yankees over the term of the contract.

The deal brings to an end a long battle between the team and StubHub, which began in 2012 when the Yankees were one of two teams—along with the Los Angeles Angels—to opt out of Major League Baseball’s deal to renew StubHub’s role as the league’s official secondary ticket market maker.

It also ends a controversial move that the Yankees and Ticketmaster made at the start at the season, when they banned print-at-home ticketing and PDFs in favor of mobile transfers.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 11:42 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: stubhub, tickets, yankees

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Deadspin: Rangers fan hits a dinger to win season tickets for his whole family.

This is a really neat promotion. Kudos to the Rangers for doing it.

The Rangers held the following contest today for those who put down initial deposits on season tickets: show up to Globe Life Park and smack a ball out of it, and the Rangers would cover the rest of the cost of those tickets. One fan, Byron Anderson, crushed it over the left field fence on his third try. 20 people took their shot, but only Anderson dinged a dinger. . . According to the Dallas Morning News, Anderson had a half season plan for two seats at the terrace level, but the Rangers upgraded his plan to seats for his whole family in a box.

Video of the dinger, and of Anderson rounding the bases afterwards, at the link.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: February 21, 2016 at 10:38 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: good clean fun, promotions, rangers, tickets

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Yankees Will No Longer Accept Print-At-Home Tickets, Thus Screwing Their Fans

The Yankees would have you believe that eliminating print-at-home tickets is entirely motivated by a desire to prevent fraud, but the reality is that it has everything to do with the team’s partnership with Ticketmaster and ongoing war against StubHub.

When ticket resellers use StubHub, they can sell the ticket for as little as they’d like, but Ticketmaster sets artificial price floors that prevent sellers from listing tickets below face value. This practice has recently been called out by the New York Attorney General, as it deprives fans the opportunity to buy tickets on a fair market.

The Yankees’ wish to avoid the realities of supply and demand is the reason the team touts Ticketmaster as its official resale partner, and this new anti-PDF policy is a blatant attempt at further undercutting StubHub. The Yankees can’t force anyone to use Ticketmaster instead of StubHub, but it can make using the latter a much bigger pain in the ass by eliminating printable tickets.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2016 at 01:27 PM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: fans, stubhub, ticketmaster, tickets, yankees

 

 

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