- Last Updated: 6:10 AM, June 15, 2012
- Posted: 12:26 AM, June 15, 2012
An epidemic of shameless greed has befallen New York sports. The plan is to pull every dime from every pocket until rich and poor — and all in between — do the last thing that any sport can afford to teach its customers: Learn to live without, learn to watch only from the outside.
As Howard Cosell said upon the passing of George Halas, at 88, “It was inevitable.”
Yankees president Randy Levine recently made with a two-plus-two to reach an astonishing answer: StubHub has caused the fall in home attendance.
That’s like blaming rain on umbrellas.
Levine also said the team is exploring more “fan-friendly alternatives for next year.”
Please. Let us now invoke the John McEnroe scream to a judge: “You can’t be serious!” More fan-friendly? Like what? Unless it’s greatly reduced ticket and concession prices, the Yankees still will be five years too late!
From the day new Yankee Stadium opened, the Yankees stretched and surpassed the limits of logical affordability.
It opened as — and remains — a clip joint, from $11 cups of beer, to $35 parking, to rows and rows of empty, obscenely priced, moat-encircled seats that have created a greed-inverted reality that shows more patrons seated far above and beyond the field than right next to it.
Anyone with a sense of proportion knew that was coming from Day 1, in 2009, not in June of 2012. Entry to new Yankee Stadium has been entirely predicated on price gouging.
The responses from officialdom, including Levine’s, last week, have further solidified the notion that Yankees fans — patrons — must be too stupid to know better.
In April, 2009 Bud Selig, a bean-counter given the comical title of Commissioner by club owners, declared he personally had reviewed the ticket-pricing in new Yankee Stadium to find all “affordable.” Thus, $850 per ticket per game for the third-best seats in the house met with his approval.
But given that he is paid $18 million a year to say such things, what else could he say, “Then try the $600 seats”?
Yankees COO Lonn Trost once tried to explain that so many seats behind home plate only appear to be empty because they belong to those watching the game on big screen TVs in the Legends restaurant.
Yeah, folks spend up to $2,500 per seat so they can travel to Yankee Stadium to watch the game on TV.
Simultaneously, we’re to ignore how Camden Yards swells with Yankees fans when the Yankees play the Orioles in Baltimore. It’s a fraction of the cost, and none of the insult, to attend a Yankees game in Baltimore — and still get a better seat than in Yankee Stadium!Follow @NYPostsports