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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Pinstripe Politics, June 15

The Yankees blog WasWatching reports that the Yankees are going to wait until after the season to address concerns with the Stadium's design.

Meanwhile, Bud Selig, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, says he loves the new Stadium and doesn't mind the ticket pricing....also, he doesn't seem to understand economics. Says Selig:

"People don't understand: Baseball is the cheapest form of sports entertainment and, for the most part, of entertainment," he said. " I just bought a bunch of concert tickets for my granddaughters and daughters....My goodness gracious, these tickets were $200, $300, $400 apiece."

via MLB commish Bud Selig applauds new Yankee Stadium, Citi Field
What Selig seems to have conveniently forgotten, is how supply and demand works.
Let's make a quick cost/supply comparison:
  • Average Knicks Ticket - $70.51
  • Madison Square Garden Seating Capacity - 19,763
  • 41 home games per season
  • Average Yankees ticket - $72.97
  • Yankee Stadium seating capacity - 52,325
  • 81 home games per season
As you can see, Yankee tickets are indeed comparable to that of their inter-sport competitors, however their supply is drastically higher (and other sports tend to sell-out almost every game).

Coming up later this week: It's a Pinstripe Politics bonanza when David Cone testifies in favor of Bronx-born Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor!

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1 comment:

  1. OMG!!! I used to be a fan of the Yankees but everytime I went to a game they lost. Aside from that I live right by the stadium and they really need to create more parking for their fans. I live right behind Yankee stadium towards Odgen and usually there's always parking. Whenever there is a game there is NEVER any parking available. Instead you see license plates from Conneticut, Maryland, and especially New Jersey. These people need to take into consideration the residents who live within the area but most of all, I blame that on the stadium. Plz more affordable parking for your fans!!! Don't take the little bit of space we have left to park.


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