Selig Weighs In On NY Ticket Prices

By / April 24, 2009 / Press Conferences

The MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, has spoken up about the high ticket prices within the two New York teams, the Mets and the Yankees.

They’re going to discuss it, and whatever adjustments they want to make, they should make.

I wouldn’t be presumptuous talking about what they should or shouldn’t do.

Um…I thought you were the Commissioner. What you say goes! If you feel they need to lower the prices, there is nothing to discuss. You tell them to lower the prices.

Mind you, when making these statements, he was talking about the premium seats behind home plate.

Those tickets are outrageously priced at Yankee Stadium going for $500-$2,625 while at Citi Field they are much more reasonable at $175-$495.

When reached for comments, the Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said:

We’re still not talking about ticket prices.”

Of course not! Why would you?

Then you would have to explain to the fans how you could care less about them.

I mean, after all, it was the hard working middle class who supported the team all these years, not the white collar stuff-shirts.

Why include them in anything?

The Mets said “they weren’t thinking about such a move.”

Funny! Selig claimed the Wilpons were being sensitive to the economy:

And I know the Wilpons. They’re very sensitive about all this.”

Sensitive? Really? Then why are we priced out of visiting our own ballpark? Why do we have to take out a mortgage just to get a family of four to see a game?

I have to say this for the Wilpons, they did not screw the fans like the Yankees did. Now those tickets are ridiculous.

But who are we really kidding here?

Bottom line, if the Commissioner really wanted to, he could get both teams to lower their ticket prices. He just cares about how much money is coming his way.

After all, he needs to make his $18 million…or is it more this year?

If you can stomach it, go ahead and read the entire article on It’s a riot!

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Hmmm. I did actually not think Bud Selig (thinks he) had this kind of power outside of his Milwaukee Brewers organization, and outside of the playoffs (where several people have told me that the commish’s office sets things like gate open times, field-level access, and prices). But as president of the Baseball Owner’s Association, he’s losing a bit of credability here (is there any credability left in that position?).

Tanya Mercado

You’d be surprised at the power Selig has. He just won’t demand it because he does not see that attendance is being affected by the ridiculous prices except in the premium seats.


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