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The Mets are giving tickets away to this week's Yankees series

May 19, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

This is somewhat shocking: the Mets are going to give away tickets to this weekend’s Subway Series with the Yankees. It’s not a contest or anything. According to SportsBusiness Daily, they’re merely unloading “high-priced, premium seats that probably wouldn’t sell.”

According to the article it’s a small number of seats and they’re going to former season ticket holders, so one could chalk this up to a marketing initiative.  Still, the fact that the team can’t sell premium tickets to a Mets-Yankees series is pretty telling of the state of the sports buisness economy and, maybe more importantly, the state of the Mets.

  1. Joey B - May 19, 2010 at 10:23 AM

    MLB will suffer as all businesses will suffer when things flatten out, but I think this is all about the NYMs. Once upon a time, they were considered by NYY fans to be the class of the NL, or a reasonable proxy. It no longer has the same cache. I’d bet that if the NYY series v Philly was on the weekend, they’d draw better rating in NY than the Mets.
    As a RS fan, I’d prefer to be beaten than to become irrelevant.

  2. Ace - May 19, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    A little worrisome, sure, but let’s bear in mind that Sunday night is also the series finale of LOST. I mean, not even free baseball tops that, right?

  3. jwb - May 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    By giving the seats to former Mets season ticket holders, they’ll avoid having (as many) fans with Yankees gear in the front rows.

  4. Prionogenic Man - May 19, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    The Phillies have a streak of 50+ sold out home games and they would definitely sell out the Yankees, considering 43 thousand showed up on a rainy Monday night to watch Kyle Kendrick pitch against the Pirates

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