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Published December 2, 2002
VARIABLE PRICING: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick criticized the Mets for implementing variable pricing and wrote, "The notion that all Braves-Mets games will provide more satisfaction than all Brewers-Mets games thus Braves-Mets tickets should cost more is a ridiculous one. ... Where is the media on this? Where is its outrage, its mightier-than-the-sword muscle? Where's its sense of consumerism, its sense of sport and plain, old-fashioned fair play?" (N.Y. POST, 12/1). SSG President & COO Michael Cramer said of the Rangers possibly adding variable pricing: "I like the idea. We don't have to decide yet [about 2004], but I'm inclined to do something like that for Friday-Saturday nights or the big series. I think we will look at it very hard over the course of , and it's something we'll strongly consider. ... It's supply-and-demand. It's [about] what games do people want to see. And it's crazy to turn even one person away on a night that's a pretty slow night, if price is the issue" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 12/1).
NOTES: N.Y. officials said that the Mets owe the city "at least $1 million in back rent" for Shea Stadium, which covers the last several years. The Mets pay about $10M in rent annually, and Mets Senior VP/Business & Legal Affairs Dave Howard said, "We do have some issues we're disputing. We're not saying we don't owe any money, but not to that level" (N.Y. POST, 11/28)....In Boston, Jim Baker wrote a subject that "goes ignored ... is how uncomfortable some [Boston] Globe reporters and columnists are with the broad perception of a conflict of interest with their New York Times ownership with the [Red] Sox hierarchy. These Globies work for the paper that's among the team ownership structure and they appear on NESN, which is owned by the Sox" (BOSTON HERALD, 12/1). The N.Y. Times ran an extended story on the Red Sox last Thursday, which included the recent hirings of Bill James and GM Theo Epstein (N.Y. TIMES, 11/28).