Friday, April 3, 2009

Hal Confirms What We Already Know

Guess what? Yankee tickets are overpriced!. In other news, water is wet and the sun rises in the East.

Not that this acknowledgment will change anything, but at least Hal Steinbrenner is being honest about it...kind of.

"I think if anybody in any business had known where this economy was going to go, they would have done things differently," Steinbrenner said Thursday. "Look, there's no doubt small amounts of our tickets might be overpriced.

"Small amounts?" When you set your top level at $2,625 per seat per game, you are going to have more than "small amounts" of tickets being overpriced. The result is an average ticket price of $72.97, a price that blows away the rest of the league. Boston, in second, has an average price of $50.24 per ticket.

How bad is it? Lower-tier seats in the outfield cost between $95-$150. Field seats behind home plate cost $375. Compare that to Fenway, where center field seats are $26 and those field seats behind home plate run between $90-$125. The pricing levels in the Bronx are insane.

And this isn't a "Guess how New York is inferior to Boston" post (although they are). This is just wrong on a basic level. You can't tell me there are generations of Yankee fans who will be unable to watch their team because of these prices. Well, unless they want to sit an insane distance away from the action or have a big pillar in their way (ask a Sox fan sometime about how much fun that can be.)

And the bigger insult here to Yankee fans is that a lot of them are already paying for the cost of building this Parthenon of Greed thanks to a questionable bond issued by the city that allows the Yankees to avoid paying taxes, as well as hundreds of millions of tax dollars in infrastructure upgrades.

It's just...shameful. I don't know of any other word to use here.

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