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The Yankees and StubHub about to settle their lawsuit

Apr 16, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

The Yankees sued StubHub in March, alleging that StubHub’s opening of a ticket office within 1,500 feet of Yankee Stadium violated New York laws against scalping. StubHub’s argument was that it wasn’t a ticket sales office but, rather, merely a printing station for tickets purchased online at home.  The Yankees obtained a temporary restraining order to keep StubHub from opening its office.

Now the lawsuit seems to be on the verge of settling:


The terms of the settlement are unknown and will likely remain private. I suppose we’ll be able to infer something based on whether that StubHub office ever opens for business. If it does, on site, figure they paid the Yankees a decent amount of money to do it. If they open up more than 1,500 feet away from the Stadium, it may be safe to assume that the Yankees helped pay some relocation costs or something.

Either way, I get the vibe that everyone felt that the Yankees had a pretty righteous case and that it would be a hard sell for StubHub to convince a court that a “printing office” wasn’t really in the business of selling tickets in violation of that 1,500 foot law.

  1. uyf1950 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Hooray for the good guys. That should get a sufficient number of thumbs down from everyone that blame the Yankees for 3rd world famine to global warming.

    • freddieoh - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Hey I love the NYY. My thumbs-down was for the general stupidity of your comment. Of course, you might still opine that I gave your comment a thumbs-down out of some type of anti-Yankee-fan animus.

      • freddieoh - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

        And here’s another thing to consider: aren’t we, the fans, the good guys?

    • ILoveBaseball - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

      Funny how the printing office was fine for the three+ years Stubhub was the Yankees official ticket reseller but now that Ticketmaster has the contract the office has to go. And the Yankees are arguing the position of THE STATE! Gimme a frigging break.

      • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:58 AM

        thank you . exactly. Well stated.Ticketmaster is a front biz for the MOB.

  2. melkipershero - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    The Yankees need to lower some of those ticket prices to actually get people back at the game. I’ve also seen Yankees fans talk about how expensive parking is around the stadium. Wouldn’t they make more money lowering those ticket prices and selling more seats?

    • ditto65 - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

      They are making more money.

    • jwbiii - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      They’re running at 80% capacity this season. That’s down from 85% through six dates last season, but the weather has been lousier.

    • melkipershero - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:10 AM

      gotta admit I only see on TV but damn there are tons of empty good seats (which are the most expensive) maybe they’re sold and people just decide not to go?

      • jwbiii - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:24 AM

        It is my understanding (and I may be wrong) that many of the good seats, especially those behind home plate, are corporate seats. If the weather is lousy, you take your client to a nice restaurant instead.

  3. goawaydog - Apr 16, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    It would be awesome if they could move their printing business 1501 ft away.

  4. bigjimatch - Apr 16, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    the Yankees love the free market when they cry out against a salary cap, not so much when it is someone else making money at their expense.

  5. Meghan - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    They settled. And I think the Yanks had a pretty righteous case, too. Here’s another article about it:

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