And John Crudele.
Ticketmaster is vying to replace StubHub as the site where fans can officially resell their Major League Baseball tickets.
The contract between MLB Advanced Media and StubHub is coming up for renewal, and, as I mentioned in previous columns, some teams are very unhappy with the old deal.
...The Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels, I’m told, are the two teams most dissatisfied by the StubHub contract — and it’s not surprising. Despite being in a heated pennant race, Yankees tickets would fit nicely on the dollar menu at McDonald’s.
Tickets for tonight’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays can be purchased on StubHub for between $1 and $3. That’s well below box-office prices.
Even after you add on $10.45 in service charges (which apply to the entire order, not each ticket), seats acquired through StubHub are still much cheaper than those bought at the stadium box office or on Yankees.com.
And that has the Yanks seething.
...The basic problem in baseball is supply and demand: too many games and too many seats. Brokers, in particular, can buy season tickets and recoup their investment on just a few key games. Broker tickets for lesser games can be —and are — dumped on the resale market at very low prices.
For the record, I like the idea of buying cheap seats, even if they are in the upper deck, also known as the Real Fan Section. This way, I don’t feel bad if the rain causes me to eat my $10 investment for two seats.
Posted: September 18, 2012 at 05:11 AM | 57 comment(s)
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