SBD/December 19, 2012/Franchises

Fan Group Protests Yankees' Decision To Eschew MLB StubHub Deal For Ticketmaster

The Yankees' decision to leave MLB’s “preferred ticket reseller, StubHub, in favor of crafting their own deal with Ticketmaster has some fans and elected officials unhappy,” according to Daniel Barbarisi of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. A group organized by the Fan Freedom Project, including several N.Y. City Council members, “held a small rally at City Hall Tuesday to decry a Yankee plan which they say will include price floors on resold tickets.” The Yankees “charge that this is no grass-roots effort, noting that Fan Freedom gets much of its funding from StubHub.” Yankees spokesperson Alice McGillion said, "It is a desperate ploy because StubHub knows the flaws in their system will soon be clear.” Fan Freedom “acknowledges it gets much support from StubHub.” But the group said that it is “backed by other parties as well, including the National Consumers League and several elected officials” (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 12/19).
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