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The Blue Jays and a former V.P. are in pitched legal battle

May 24, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Patrick Elster used to be the V.P. of ticket sales for the Toronto Blue Jays. Then he wasn’t, though it wasn’t clear if he was fired or quit.  After he was gone, however, two things happened:

  • The Jays allegedly didn’t make severance payments he was supposed to get; and
  • Elster allegedly spilled the Jays’ confidential financial information in an interview in the Toronto Sun.

Sounds like the latter happened first and then the former, but you can read the details of the lawsuit here.

The thing I find most interesting: V.P.s of ticket sales get six figure bonuses and severance payments. I know some people not too many steps down the ladder from that in front offices who are practically eating Ramen noodles  and selling plasma.

OK, slight exaggeration, but front offices don’t pay a ton for most jobs.

  1. pjmitch - May 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

    Not that it matters, but I’m pretty sure this is ex-major leaguer, Kevin Elster’s brother

  2. kiwicricket - May 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Giant’s payroll dept. dishes out some pretty decent bonuses also….

  3. proudlycanadian - May 24, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    I have no idea of what is going on; however, I remember reading a few years ago a story indicating that the Blue Jays had ceased deeply discounted ticket promotions in order to increase net revenues.

  4. charlutes - May 24, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    put the point form in the right order and cut the sentence about their order of events. tighten up.

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