NYC To Receive $11.5 Million So Yankees Can Sell Old Yankee Stadium Memorabilia? That’s Enough For Two Season Tickets, Right?
In exchange for the city allowing the Yankees to sell seats, signs and other assorted items from the original Yankee Stadium, the team will pay New York City $11.5 million.
Sweet deal, right? Mayor Michael Bloomberg agrees:
“The city’s agreement with the Yankees will generate much-needed revenue for the city, and offer fans a chance to own some of the famed Yankee Stadium history.”
Not so fast, Mr. Mayor – Assemblyman Richard Brodsky, who has been a frequent and vocal critic of the Yankees throughout the entire process of building the new stadium, doesn’t like it – no sir, he doesn’t like it one bit.
“The value of the relics of Yankee Stadium is clearly much more than $11.5 million. After a year-long delay which cost the people of the Bronx access to their parkland, the deal that has apparently been struck is again an economic victory for the Yankees and an economic defeat to the taxpayers. There is no dispute that the people of the City owned the old Yankee Stadium, and there is no reason to cap their economic gain at $11.5 million. We also believe an appraisal was required before the deal could be struck, and it is not clear that any such appraisal was done.”
Brodsky is apparently dead-set on making everything surrounding the new Yankee Stadium a monumental problem. Attorneys for the team claim that Brodsky “is exceeding his authority and harassing the Yankees with legal action.”
Man, it sure is hard to pick a side on this one. On one hand, you have a grandstanding politician who most likely is only using this platform to further his own career and/or personal agendas. On the other, you have an organization that is motivated solely by greed accompanied by a twisted sense of entitlement that borders on fanaticism. Shit, it would be an easier task to pick sides in a knife fight between Barry Bonds and Curt Schilling. Maybe both sides can lose.
NYC to get $11.5 million from Yanks to sell memorabilia of old park [USA Today]
New York Yankees ask court to quash subpoena on stadium [The Canadian Press]