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Yankee Fans Beware: New Deal With Ticketmaster to Set Price Floors, Potentially Eliminate Cheap Tickets
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fan Freedom Project (FFP) today warned New York Yankee fans about the team’s pending deal with Ticketmaster to eliminate below face value tickets. With attendance down 3.6% in 2012, and Yankee tickets regularly available for well below face value on the secondary market, rumors have surfaced that the Yankees will partner with Ticketmaster as its official ticket resale partner and will set minimum prices for tickets resold through Ticketmaster.
“There is no defensible reason why any team would block fans from buying or selling tickets for prices below face-value,” said Jon Potter, FFP President. “The Yankees claimed they would find a ‘fan-friendly’ service for reselling tickets, but there is nothing ‘fan-friendly’ about eliminating cheap resale tickets that students and families have come to rely on so they can afford to go to a game.”
According to data from secondary ticket seller SeatGeek, over the first two months of the 2012 season, more than 50% of tickets were available for prices below face value in many sections of Yankee stadium. Some of the best seats were available for as low as $90 below face value.
News of the Yankees/Ticketmaster deal came just a few days after StubHub and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced that StubHub would continue as the official ticket resale partner of MLB. The Yankees, Angels, and Cubs chose to opt out of this agreement so they would have the ability to set price floors on the resale market. Other teams may follow suit.
“Last year, great deals on Yankees tickets were available on the secondary market but, unfortunately, the Yankees are more interested in pushing top-dollar tickets from the box office than giving fans and their families a shot at affordable resale seats,” added Potter.
You can help stop the Yankees from imposing unnecessary price floors:
- Write the Yankees to let them know that you won’t stand for this deal!
- Tweet at the Yankees and use #FanFreedom to let them know fans have had enough of Ticketmaster.
- Call your favorite sports radio station to get the word out to other fans!
- WFAN: 877-337-6666
- ESPN 98.7: 1-800-919-ESPN (3776)
About The Fan Freedom Project
Launched in February 2011, the Fan Freedom Project is supported by more than 150,000 live-event fans and is backed by leading consumer and business organizations such as the American Conservative Union, National Consumers League, Consumer Action, the Institute for Liberty, and Net Choice. For more information, visit http://www.fanfreedom.org.