New York Yankees attendance is down this season, and beet-faced New York Yankees president Randy Levine has been complaining that it’s all StubHub’s fault:
“We believe there are serious issues with the StubHub relationship,” team president Randy Levine told The Post yesterday. “We are actively reviewing more fan-friendly alternatives for next year.”…
The Yanks and other teams claim tickets are priced too low on StubHub.
The StubHub effect this year — combined with a lousy economy and a poorer on-field performance — has produced an average crowd of 40,949 through 25 games, compared with 42,491 last year.
Season-ticket sales have dropped a few thousand, to the mid-30,000 range, the drop about the same amount that daily attendance is down, a source said.
Now, complaining that nobody goes to the game because tickets are too cheap makes no sense, of course. What Levine is really saying is that because people who have already bought tickets can resell them to others, the team is being prevented from forcing lots of people to buy tickets at their inflated face values whether or not they’ll be able to use them. Which, whether or not you think this is worth whining about to the newspapers, actually still makes no sense, because the real reason season-ticket sales are down, as Deadspin notes, is that they were inflated by people who were buying them with the intent of unloading unused seats on, yes, StubHub:
How it worked, back in the go-go aughts: StubHub would get their cut from each scalped ticket, often grotesquely above face value. The Yankees would easily sell out their stock, as face value represented the cheapest way to buy. Season ticket holders would renew their plans, knowing they could profit on the resale market.
Now, demand has gone down. The season ticket holders have learned they’re going to have problems reselling their seats, so season plans sales are down a few thousand. No one’s buying from the Yankees’ box office, because they know they can get cheaper seats on StubHub. The result: attendance is down nine percent at Yankee Stadium off of last year, even as it’s up across baseball.
So, live by the StubHub, die by the StubHub — if the Yankees cut ties with the service next year, as seems likely, they could see more fans forced to pay face value for tickets, but probably will also cut into their season-ticket base even more, as everyone gets cold feet about being stuck with tickets to Tuesday night games against the Twins.
The best part of the Deadspin article, meanwhile, may be this reader comment:
Ya, it’s StubHub.
Its not that the place is a museum with aluminum siding.
Certainly not the fact that even with free tickets, you’re still spending $500 for a family of 4 on concessions, souvenirs, or, God forbid, parking
Speaking of the parking: Those fancy new structures that are actually pretty crappy: Ya, they aren’t even responsible for your car.
It sure as hell can’t be the fact that these fuckers got their buddies onto Bloomberg’s “blue ribbon panel” to investigate just what exactly a new Yankee Stadium should involve, then got together with the mayor’s cronies to run a train on tax payers.
It can’t be the fact that still fucked the City out of an extra $1 billion in tax revenues by undervaluing the property.
Or that fact that they reneged on their deal to rebuild the public park space that was torn down to build the new stadium.
Or that as soon as the stadium deals were announced, the mayor also started closing fire houses and stopped hiring cops.
Ya, its StubHub, you pig fuckers.
Not that it’s really all that likely that Yankees attendance is down because the mayor is closing fire houses. But that makes as much sense as that it’s down because tickets are too cheap.