StubHub In Court Filing Outlines Objections To Yankees' Attempt To Close Pickup Location
StubHub on Friday filed a memorandum of law in Bronx County (New York) Supreme Court, outlining its opposition to the Yankees' legal efforts to keep closed a StubHub pickup location near Yankee Stadium. The online ticket marketplace said in its filing the Yankees have "at best ... a fundamental misunderstanding of the limited drop-off and pick-up services that will be available at the Bronx Last Minute Services location." StubHub also said the club does not meet the legal standard to gain a preliminary injunction regarding the company's ticket pickup spot located at 68 E. 161 St., diagonally across the 161st St.-River Ave. intersection from Yankee Stadium. "The Yankees Partnership does not want to complete against StubHub in the secondary market on a level playing field, and has brought this lawsuit to gain a competitive advantage," StubHub's filing continues. "Whether the Bronx LMS is located within 1,500 feet or outside of 1,500 feet is irrelevant to the Yankee Partnership's allegations of harm and its fundamental goal, which is to limit the choices fans have to resell their tickets in order to increase its own profits at the expense of competition and consumers." The Yankees allege the StubHub pickup spot violates New York state law, which prohibits ticket resale within 1,500 feet of a venue with at least 5,000 permanent seats, and have won a temporary restraining order keeping the site closed for now. A hearing on the club's proposed injunction is slated for April 16. The Yankees opted out of MLBAM's contract renewal with StubHub and now operates a competing service, Yankees Ticket Exchange, in partnership with Ticketmaster.