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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pinstripe Politics April 29

Judge to Yankees: Comply with Brodsky's Subpoena

State Supreme Court Justice John Egan Jr. has ordered the Yankees to turn over "a catalog of all documents and materials" that were sought in a subpoena by Assemblyman Richard Brodsky. Egan's decision is the latest development in an increasingly heated tête-à-tête between the Yankees and Brodsky.

Brodsky has been pushing for more information about the deal between the City and the Yankees to pursue tax-exempt bonds to finance the new Stadium. So far, the Yankees have refused to provide Brodsky with materials regarding ticket prices and why some city officials received luxury box tickets.

Legendary Embarrassment

Speaking of ticket prices, the Yankees announced that they are lowering prices for the infamous "Legends Suite" section (the area behind home plate and surrounding the two dugouts). Now you can get seats behind home plate for JUST $1,250!

Some reactions:

I posted a cartoon about the new prices on "Coaches in the Crosshairs" my TrueSlant.com blog.

The New York Times "Bats" blog says the tickets have been "lowered from obscene to outrageous."

Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, says the price-cut signals the death of Yankee superiority.

Neil deMause of Field of Schemes notes that "most of the muckety-mucks in the 'Legends Suites' won't be looking at refunds" because the cuts only affect about 600 seats.

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The Times wants to see better beer selection at the Stadium.

Forbes values the Yankees at $1.5 billion....the cost of their new stadium.

The owner of the popular Yankee Tavern bar has been charged with tax evasion.

We're not even a month into the season and Fenway Park has passed the new Yankee Stadium on TicketNews.com's Venue Rankings.

Make sure to check back every Wednesday for "Pinstripe Politics," and every Friday for "The Yankees, Unobstructed," the Bronx News Network's weekly Yankee opinion column.


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