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Yankees Exploring YES Network Ownership Changes; Postseason Ticket-Sales Down
Published October 15, 2012
TURNSTILE TROUBLES: ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell noted the Yankees yesterday morning “still had tickets available and several thousand more were for sale on the secondary market” for ALCS Game 2 against the Tigers. Yankees fans yesterday morning received e-mails "telling them the team was still selling tickets to the game.” Levine said that the characterization of the team's postseason ticket sales "has been inaccurate.” Levine: “We sold more than 49,000 tickets for Wednesday and Thursday and more than 47,000 tickets for Friday and Saturday.” Rovell noted Levine has been a “critic of StubHub." Levine: “As I've said, we have significant issues with StubHub and it has been affecting our attendance in a negative way all year. We expect that to be resolved after the season” (ESPN.com, 10/14). In N.Y., Ken Belson notes despite drawing 47,082 fans at Yankee Stadium yesterday, it was the “third straight playoff home game that the Yankees drew fewer than 47,200 fans, or about 3,000 short of capacity.” Belson cited a Yahoo Sports report as saying that Yankee Stadium ushers were “told to move fans in the upper deck into empty seats below so the unfilled sections would be less noticeable” (N.Y. TIMES, 10/15).
HOME-FIELD DISADVANTAGE: YAHOO SPORTS’ Jeff Passan notes "every other playoff stadium" was filled to capacity but Yankee Stadium had "entire sections empty, thousands of unsold tickets, even ones as cheap as $15 through resellers.” Tigers LF Quintin Berry said, “This is a very easy place to play now. Coming from Oakland, the fans there were so rowdy. It was easier to come here.” Passan writes, “No matter how the Yankees spin this ... the swiss-cheese crowd is a stunning indictment on their failures to transition the atmosphere of the old stadium to the new one” (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/15).