The New York Yankees are 30-24 and currently sit in 3rd place in the AL East, a half game out of first place. While only being a half game out of first place sounds good, the Yankees have struggled this season. And when a team struggles it’s perfectly logical to think that there could also be some struggles at the gate.
But apparently when you’re the Yankees, struggling at the gate isn’t a perfectly outcome. Instead, you much blame it on someone else. And that someone is apparently StubHub.
The Yankees contend that their drop in attendance is not because of a struggling ballclub, but because StubHub’s tickets are price too low. A point that makes absolutely no sense to us.
Yankee Stadium attendance is down 3.6 percent so far this year — greater than the 3 percent drop last season — and the team is blaming StubHub for its gate woes.
“We believe there are serious issues with the StubHub relationship,” team president Randy Levine told The Post yesterday. “We are actively reviewing more fan-friendly alternatives for next year.”
The StubHub effect this year — combined with a lousy economy and a poorer on-field performance — has produced an average crowd of 40,949 through 25 games, compared with 42,491 last year.
Season-ticket sales have dropped a few thousand, to the mid-30,000 range, the drop about the same amount that daily attendance is down, a source said.
Compared with last season’s total average attendance, the Yanks’ 25-game average is off 9 percent.
So let’s get this straight. StubHub, who sells tickets that people can actually afford, is the reason that people are not buying tickets that otherwise would be ridiculously expensive? Again, that doesn’t sense at all.
But when it comes to tickets issues for each of New York’s teams, nothing makes sense.