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ARE THEY PHILL-ING THEM UP AT THE VET? BEERS THAT IS
Published April 23, 1998
The Phillies, who sell "the most expensive cup of beer" in the NL, "are skimming their suds ... a racket that costs beer-drinking fans at Veterans Stadium nearly a half-million bucks a year," according to Don Russell of the PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. In a "random sampling," Russell found that the team's $5 18-ounce cup of draft beer "actually contains, at most, just 16 ounces of beer. A 12-ounce cup typically contains 10 or 11 ounces." Russell reports that the team sold an estimated 750,000 cups of beer in '97, and that the "value of skimmed suds at 2 ounces per cup" is equal to $495,000. Russell adds that the Vet gets up to 14 extra cups from every keg, $90 in "extra revenue." Ogden Entertainment, which runs the Vet's concessions, "denied any ripoff" (Don Russell, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 4/23).