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5 years ago  ::  Apr 04, 2016 - 5:55PM #1
ru4_nyy
Posts: 3,316
screw you Lonn Trost!! bwah ha ha


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5 years ago  ::  Apr 04, 2016 - 7:22PM #2
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

John Oliver’s 25-cent solution to Yankees being ‘elitist a–holes’





Move over, Donald Trump. John Oliver has set his sights on another divisive symbol of American power.


The HBO comic ripped the Yankees as pompous and out-of-touch in a four-minute segment on “Last Week Tonight,” a night before the Bombers were supposed to play host to the Astros on Opening Day (postponed till Tuesday).


The basis for Oliver’s frustration is the Yankees’ ongoing feud with StubHub. The team changed its policy in February to no longer honor print-at-home tickets — a feature used by many fans and specifically StubHub users. The move allows the Yankees to dominate the secondary market through an in-house TicketMaster affiliate.


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Lonn Trost in 2008Photo: Charles Wenzelberg

“The New York Yankees will continue finding ways to look like the biggest elitist a–holes in all of sports,” Oliver said near the start of his rant.


Yankees COO Lonn Trost has become the face of the issue because of the eyebrow-raising comments he made after the policy change.


“The problem below market at a certain point is that if you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money,” Trost said back in February. “It’s not that we don’t want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for a ticket and [another] fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount . . . And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”


Oliver’s plan to combat the issue was to buy a pair of Legends tickets behind home plate for each of the three games of the Yankees’ season-opening series against the Astros — and re-sell them to fans for 25 cents. Not exactly a long-term solution, but still hilarious. The way to win the tickets was to tweet at the show with the hashtag #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation and the trashy outfit you and your guest would wear to the game.


The Yankees would respond later in the day.


“Everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium. And I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets,” Yankees president Randy Levine said in a statement.


"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Apr 04, 2016 - 7:24PM #3
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

Yankees' team president responds to HBO's John Oliver's rant




Randy Levine

Yankees team president Randy Levine. (File photo)



Yankees president Randy Levine has responded to HBO's "Last Week's Tonight" host John Oliver's attack on the team's new ticket policy and Lonn Trost, the team's chief operating officer.


"Everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium," Levine said. "And I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets."


Oliver ripped the Yankees for instituting a new policy that stops fans from using print-at-home tickets to get into Yankee Stadium.


He also went at Trost for the following comment he made at the time the organization announced the new policy:


"If you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money, it's not that we don't want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for their ticket and a fan picks it up for a buck and a half and sits there, it frustrates the purchaser of the full amount," Trost said.


"And quite frankly ... the fan, you know, may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that's a frustration to our existing fan base."


So, Oliver said he bought a pair of tickets behind home plate for each of the Yankees first three home games of the year and was selling them for 25 cents each to people who would tweet #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation and promised to dress as if they didn't belong in the club's Legends section.


The Yankees postponed Opening Day on Monday to Tuesday due to inclement weather.



"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
5 years ago  ::  Apr 04, 2016 - 10:19PM #4
davis2
Posts: 18,525

Apr 4, 2016 -- 7:24PM, BigGuy wrote:


Yankees' team president responds to HBO's John Oliver's rant




Randy Levine

Yankees team president Randy Levine. (File photo)



Yankees president Randy Levine has responded to HBO's "Last Week's Tonight" host John Oliver's attack on the team's new ticket policy and Lonn Trost, the team's chief operating officer.


"Everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium," Levine said. "And I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets."


Oliver ripped the Yankees for instituting a new policy that stops fans from using print-at-home tickets to get into Yankee Stadium.


He also went at Trost for the following comment he made at the time the organization announced the new policy:


"If you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money, it's not that we don't want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for their ticket and a fan picks it up for a buck and a half and sits there, it frustrates the purchaser of the full amount," Trost said.


"And quite frankly ... the fan, you know, may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that's a frustration to our existing fan base."


So, Oliver said he bought a pair of tickets behind home plate for each of the Yankees first three home games of the year and was selling them for 25 cents each to people who would tweet #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation and promised to dress as if they didn't belong in the club's Legends section.


The Yankees postponed Opening Day on Monday to Tuesday due to inclement weather.





MAN! Levine is a candidate for a makeover...   He got cheated in the beauty department!   Seriously, when you buy a ticket, it is your property. How can the Yankee management tell you what to do with YOUR property? I don't know how that is even legal...  Ridiculous.

5 years ago  ::  Apr 05, 2016 - 8:54AM #5
BW26
Posts: 7,662

Lonn Trost is an ass h@le .  It looks horrible on TV seeing those seats behind home plate empty. The fact is the Yankees HAVE priced out the working class fans  from the stadium. The stadium is nothing more than a mall. 


By the time you buy the tickets , pay for parking or transportation by train /subway  , a  family of 4 , 5 or 6 spend over 500-600 dollars ( at least) for  a  2-3 hour game , and that is not including  buying drinks , foods , soveniors .


. The way he makes it sound that only rich people should sit in the legends seats and it is physically repulsive that someone who the Yankees view as "common" would sit  next to the fat rich cats.


The fact is the "working stiff fans" are truer  fans than the fat cats. The Yankees needs to back down on this stance and Trost needs to re-track his comments. Apparently, the Yankees have forgotten that the "working stiff fans " make up the bulk of their fan base and their ticket sales. They should be careful about biting the hands that feed them



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5 years ago  ::  Apr 05, 2016 - 11:24AM #6
davis2
Posts: 18,525

Apr 5, 2016 -- 8:54AM, BW26 wrote:


Lonn Trost is an ass h@le .  It looks horrible on TV seeing those seats behind home plate empty. The fact is the Yankees HAVE priced out the working class fans  from the stadium. The stadium is nothing more than a mall. 


By the time you buy the tickets , pay for parking or transportation by train /subway  , a  family of 4 , 5 or 6 spend over 500-600 dollars ( at least) for  a  2-3 hour game , and that is not including  buying drinks , foods , soveniors .


. The way he makes it sound that only rich people should sit in the legends seats and it is physically repulsive that someone who the Yankees view as "common" would sit  next to the fat rich cats.


The fact is the "working stiff fans" are truer  fans than the fat cats. The Yankees needs to back down on this stance and Trost needs to re-track his comments. Apparently, the Yankees have forgotten that the "working stiff fans " make up the bulk of their fan base and their ticket sales. They should be careful about biting the hands that feed them





Amen!

5 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2016 - 8:16AM #7
ru4_nyy
Posts: 3,316


Opening day 25cent seat occupants





Men dress as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at Yankee Stadium


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NEW YORK -- HBO's John Oliver designed a contest looking for "riffraff" to sit among the "rich" New York Yankees fans who occupy the expensive Legends seats. What the comedian got on Opening Day Tuesday were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- or, at least, two fans dressed up like them.


The two turtles sat directly behind home plate in clear view on the national broadcast on ESPN and the local one on YES. The turtles -- identified as John Welch and Joe Spilo of Yorktown, according to Newsday -- won a contest from Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" in which fans were asked to use the Twitter hashtag #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation. In the contest, fans tweeted pictures of the "riffraff" attire they would wear in the premium seats.


Two fans will receive tickets for 25 cents for each of the first three games.


The protest prank was in response to the Yankees' recent squabble with StubHub.


During Tuesday's game, Yankees public relations and security denied media access to the Legends seats, so the turtles could not be asked questions. Newsday spoke to the two outside of the stadium before they entered.


Oliver's Sunday rant was mostly centered around Yankees COO Lonn Trost's comments on WFAN six weeks ago in which Trost said that premium seat holders do not like to sit next to people who "have never sat in a premium location." These seats have been listed for as much $1,595, which is one reason the Yankees did not want to make StubHub fully available to customers, Trost implied.


Trost made his comments after the Yankees were criticized for not allowing people to print out secondary market tickets bought on StubHub. The Yankees claim they did it to prevent fraud, while many of its fans found it a convenient way to buy cheaper last-minute tickets.


"Everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium," Yankees president Randy Levine told ESPN's Wallace Matthews on Monday. "And I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets."


Oliver's words during his show Sunday night were not as gracious, with the theme that the Yankees "will continue to find ways to look like the biggest elitist a--h---- in all of sports."








5 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2016 - 8:17AM #8
ru4_nyy
Posts: 3,316



5 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2016 - 9:42AM #9
laurenfrances
Posts: 39,975

LOL.....TonyG bought them to my attention yesterday afternoon in the chat room.  He said who are those two nuts drawing attention to themself sitting and standing repeatedly.  They were seated right in front, directly behind homeplate. He said if he was sitting behind them, he would be annoyed.  I had mentioned could it be the tickets for Oliver's contest.  Indeed it was....Laughing 

5 years ago  ::  Apr 06, 2016 - 11:06AM #10
BigGuy
Posts: 66,015

Apr 4, 2016 -- 10:19PM, davis2 wrote:


Apr 4, 2016 -- 7:24PM, BigGuy wrote:


Yankees' team president responds to HBO's John Oliver's rant




Randy Levine

Yankees team president Randy Levine. (File photo)



Yankees president Randy Levine has responded to HBO's "Last Week's Tonight" host John Oliver's attack on the team's new ticket policy and Lonn Trost, the team's chief operating officer.


"Everyone is welcome at Yankee Stadium," Levine said. "And I thank John Oliver for buying Yankees tickets."


Oliver ripped the Yankees for instituting a new policy that stops fans from using print-at-home tickets to get into Yankee Stadium.


He also went at Trost for the following comment he made at the time the organization announced the new policy:


"If you buy a ticket in a very premium location and pay a substantial amount of money, it's not that we don't want that fan to sell it, but that fan is sitting there having paid a substantial amount of money for their ticket and a fan picks it up for a buck and a half and sits there, it frustrates the purchaser of the full amount," Trost said.


"And quite frankly ... the fan, you know, may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that's a frustration to our existing fan base."


So, Oliver said he bought a pair of tickets behind home plate for each of the Yankees first three home games of the year and was selling them for 25 cents each to people who would tweet #IHaveNeverSatInAPremiumLocation and promised to dress as if they didn't belong in the club's Legends section.


The Yankees postponed Opening Day on Monday to Tuesday due to inclement weather.





MAN! Levine is a candidate for a makeover...   He got cheated in the beauty department!   Seriously, when you buy a ticket, it is your property. How can the Yankee management tell you what to do with YOUR property? I don't know how that is even legal...  Ridiculous.




I think he's cute. lol

"Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."
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