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The Yankees blame StubHub for the lack of sellouts

Oct 15, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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As has been noted all over the place, the Yankees haven’t been selling out their playoff games.  There are probably a lot of reasons for that, as any remotely complicated market phenomenon is impacted by multiple factors. The Yankees, however, think they have a culprit:

The bigger problem, the official said, is that fans have become used to shopping for bargains on Web sites like StubHub rather than paying full price at the box office. “The reality is there are thousands of tickets on the secondary market, so why would anyone buy our few remaining tickets,” the official said, noting that more than 17,000 tickets were available for resale to Sunday’s game. “We don’t control our own box office anymore.”

Of course you control your box office. Specifically, you control the prices of your tickets.  If you don’t want people to avoid the box office in favor of the cheaper secondary ticket market, MAKE YOUR TICKETS CHEAPER.

  1. thebadguyswon - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    The playoffs aren’t special to many Yankees fans. They’ve grown so accustomed to the postseason its lost its flavor. Not all Yankees fans feel this way, but many do.

  2. massivedick - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

    elitist yankee fans see the writing on the wall. going to be swept again by blue collar detroit. they just can’t look down their noses at that again.

  3. mgdsquiggy17 - Oct 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    It’s simple. Every team sells season tickets cheaper then their regular face value tickets. Since there are so many ticket brokers and season ticket holders selling tickets now to make money, because they can’t go ,etc they are listing them on stubhub at what they paid for the season tickets per game (less then the regular face value tickets or even less depending how close it is to the game, opponent, how desperate they are to get rid of the tickets, etc) then the Yankees are getting undercut. It is an issue but team’s just have to make a decision. Would you rather have the person buying 81 games a year at the discount or trying to sell each of those games at the face value to 81 different people?

  4. bleedgreen - Oct 15, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    Wait, people are getting tickets CHEAPER than face value on Stub Hub? I don’t think I’ve paid less than 50% MORE than face value for ANY tickets on Stub Hub, be they NFL or MLB.

    • rickhigginshtbro - Oct 15, 2012 at 9:41 PM

      bleedgreen, you from Philly too? Yea, Stubhub has the opposite effect here usually.

  5. romoscollarbone - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    During college and my early work life 02-06, A buddy and I held season tix. We started with a 25 game package in the bleachers for two seasons, Then moved into the stadium 8th row of the upper deck 2 sections up the first base line(20 games). Seats were great, as the new stadium approached the prices inflated, and when we moved into the new stadium we were going for 11 games in the same spot, when the same $ got us a 20 game package previously.

    The worst part though, was were went from paying $12 dollars in the yankee owned parking deck up to 14, 19, and then $36 for the new stadium, same parking deck, new stadium…. They also jacked the prices of all the concessions, to pay for a stadium, that they really didn’t need. All the ghosts went w/ that place, there was an aliveness to it. When I used to walk in, I’d always slide my hand against the walls, imagining the thousands of fans who witnessed history in those hallowed halls. Now it’s just a big limestone monument to capitalism. That’s the Yankees problem.

    I make a lot more money now, then I did back then, and it’s not even worth the hassle, of the NJTP, and George Washington Bridge, then paying thru the nose to park there, or at one of the many sketchy parking lots down 161st. And forget about parking during the playoffs, they charge crazy prices depending how close til game time. I’ve seen $75-90 being charged. I’ve seen the fine Bronx folk charge people 50 bucks to park on the sidewalk, and all these fans come out to $200 parking violations.

    It’s not worth it anymore. Esp not with these Yankees. That place used to vibrate from the moment after the National Anthem til the last out during the playoffs, now in the 8th inning I don’t ever hear a “Lets go Yankees” chant. Sad really. But the suits brought this upon us.

  6. yousuxxors - Oct 16, 2012 at 2:08 AM

    you really think all those people are rich because of wall street?

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