A reader notes that the New York Yankees‘ handling of ticket plan holders at their new stadium conflicts with what team COO Lonn Trost promised in a WFAN radio interview last March 11:
Mike Francesca: Are some people getting relocated, getting hurt? Are there some guys who’ve been loyal season ticket holders who are gonna get hurt in this move?
Trost: We hope not. We spent substantial time coming up with a relocation program, and the relocation program will probably be public in about six weeks. The program basically says, we will put you in a comparable location, and you have the choice of taking it or not. If you don’t want it, and elect to go down, or up, or move, we will do that also.
Chris Russo: You will take care of them.
Trost: We will take — and understand, this is most likely the largest and hardest relocation program in the history of sports. … But the philosophy is try to give—
Francesca: And you’re going to take care of your people in the bleachers, and take care of your people who are in the upper deck, and the guy who takes his son once a week, or has his Sunday plan. You’re going to take care of that fan in this new ballpark.
Trost: The plans will be the same, or comparable.
That relocation plan actually took six months, not six weeks, to appear, and contained none of the guarantees about “comparable” seating that Trost promised to radio listeners. Noting that Trost has recently begun berating fans for “not reading the documentation,” jilted miniplan holder Jay Jaffe tells FoS: “Basically, he’s insulting his customers for failing to read the fine print.”
In somewhat related news, there’s apparently yet another freaking Richard Brodsky hearing on the Yanks’ stadium tomorrow. Per a Brodsky press release: “Chairman Richard Brodsky of the Committee on Corporations, Authorities, and
Commissions and Chairman Jim Brennan of the Committee on Cities will hold a hearing tomorrow, March 6 at 10:30 AM in Assembly Hearing room 1923 at 250 Broadway in New York City, to receive testimony and documents from New York Yankees President Randy Levine pursuant to a subpoena issued to Mr. Levine on January 13.” Lord knows if Levine will actually bring the documents with him, mind you, or just a letter from his attorney saying why he shouldn’t have to turn them over. Or, for that matter, what shade of purple he’ll be.