Yankees In Court Today Opposing StubHub Pickup Location In Bronx
The Yankees and StubHub will be in a Bronx County, N.Y., courtroom today as the club seeks an injunction to keep closed the resale marketplace's pickup location near Yankee Stadium. The Yankees sued StubHub four weeks ago, arguing it was violating state law that prohibits ticket resale within 1,500 feet of a venue with at least 5,000 permanent seats, and won a temporary restraining order against StubHub's planned pickup location at 68 E. 161 St. in the Bronx. A settlement conference requested by Judge Lizbeth Gonzalez was held yesterday, but did not yield a resolution. Today's hearing was originally scheduled to be held March 25, but StubHub requested a three-week postponement to allow for more time to prepare its case.
StubHub argues the pickup location, like its many others around the country, is only for retrieval of prior orders, and that the Yankees through their new resale partnership with Ticketmaster are trying 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 argue the location represents an open solicitation to buy and sell tickets in violation of the law. "StubHub wants to create the impression that it is still the Yankees' official ticket provider, even though it is not in 2013," the club said in a recent court filing.