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Did the Mets gouge the Yankees families?

May 28, 2013, 8:23 AM EDT

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This is in the form of a question because this New York Post article, while raising a potentially interesting question, provides little in the way of context with which we can answer it:

According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Mets charged Yankees family members $250 for last night’s Subway Series game. The fact the Mets charged the Braves $80 per seat Friday, Saturday and Sunday angered the Yankees, who host the Mets tomorrow and Thursday night.

On the surface it does sound like a bit of a price hike. But were the seats in the same place? Are weeknight tickets different than weekday? Are Yankees games on a different price tier than Braves games?

Maybe that doesn’t account for a 3x+ price hike, but I’d be curious to know more before I started making up clever tabloidy headlines about it.

 

  1. Kevin S. - May 28, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    The Mets should just shrug their shoulders and say “dynamic pricing, bitches.”

    • paperlions - May 28, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Plus, Yankee fans can always buy Mets tickets on Stub Hub.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 28, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    So that is why the Mets won. I was wondering how that happened.

  3. Walk - May 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Maybe they base it on team payroll.

  4. chill1184 - May 28, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Private company has every legal right to charge what it likes.

    http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=41698

    http://archive.mises.org/4540/price-gouging-economics-and-ethics/

    http://www.misespieces.com/2012/03/07/the-economics-of-price-gouging/

  5. chill1184 - May 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    Price gouging laws make little economic sense. Private company have every right to charge people what they like

    • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

      I hope you qualify that statement. It’s inexcusable to charge tornado victims $40/case for bottled water. Circumstances matter, at least.

      • hcf95688 - May 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

        Yes, and the comparison is certainly valid.

      • historiophiliac - May 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        Are you having a bad morning? Have some more coffee.

      • Kevin S. - May 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

        chill is the one that brought up something that wasn’t discussed in the blog post. As it happens, I agree with ‘philliac – there are certain necessities where gouging laws do make sense.

      • Kevin S. - May 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

        And yes, we know they create artificial shortages. Sometimes that’s better than the alternative.

  6. anthonyverna - May 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    They have to make up the Madoff debt somehow.

    • badintent - May 28, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      You got that right !!Bernie’s book comes out next month . Chapter 3 “. How the Wilpons kissed my ass and more.”

  7. gbrim - May 28, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Watching that wretched Mets team play game after game should be extremely cheap, regardless of who they play.

    • Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      If that were true, you could dine out at the Second Avenue Deli on what you saved at a Mets-Feesh game.

  8. Old Gator - May 28, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I don’t think it matters much. The Borg can gouge the Mutts families right back when they want to buy World Series tickets.

  9. barrywhererufrom - May 28, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Somehow the Wilpon’s have to recoup the money they lost in the Madoff Ponzi scheme..i just heard that the Wilpon’s have asked their favorite Bud..Selig that is..to move the Yankees to the Nl East so they can’t get even more money for the Yankees’ family members.

  10. barrywhererufrom - May 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Somehow the Wilpon’s have to recoup the money they lost in the Madoff Ponzi scheme..i just heard that the Wilpon’s have asked their favorite Bud..Selig that is..to move the Yankees to the Nl East so they can’t get even more money from the Yankees’ family members..so good i had to post it twice!

    • gunpowderjones - May 28, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      I had to thumbs down it twice.

  11. unclemosesgreen - May 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    So they got gouged. So they bought some weird laundry detergent at the Amway store and now they all have hives. So? There is a cost associated with worshipping the Borg.

  12. yankeessuck1 - May 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    To the guy trying to make a ponzi joke check the facts.. the wilpons MADE MONEY with the Madoff scam because of their friendship

    Mets vs Yankees tickets ARE ALWAYS the most expensive .. always sell outs.. Mets fans go to Yankee stadium… Yankees fans go to citifield… more so than any other team on the schedule so its more money… Atlanta vs the Mets was far from a sell out since Atlanta fans aren’t coming here to watch a game… so yea there’s a huge demand for close seats in a nym vs nyy game so they will cost more for anyone… whether its jeters mom… wrights mom… or a fan buying from stub hub

    You people have no logic… fyi the Yankees suck .. they won’t be in the playoffs just like the Mets so be realistic as well

    • xmatt0926x - May 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Thank you. I thought that was what I remembered from the story. The whole reason the Wilpons were being targeted was because they actually profited from Madoff and therefore they were being asked to give a large portion of those profits back. Still, a lot of people still think it was the other way around and that losing money in the ponzi scheme is what led to their financial mess.

  13. ILoveBaseball - May 28, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    ..and about ticket prices the Yankees do the same thing.
    I was a 10 year season ticket holder in the old Yankee stadium. The generous Yankees doubled the price of my tickets in a similar location in the new stadium and offered bleacher seats in a no drinking section (don’t believe that’s there now) as an alternative.

    Additionally as a season ticket holder I receive a discount voucher good on all seats – except to the premium games when I have to pay full price.

    The Mets and Yankees charge more when they can get it. Welcome to the capitalist system.

  14. cubfan531 - May 28, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    I know back when both the Cubs and White Sox were good, those tickets were stupidly expensive when compared to the previous or next series (to the point of their own pricing tier), as I imagine it is with most of the major interleague rivalries.

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