Came across this article two days ago.
As you all know, the Mets are way out of the National League East race...way out. This is the point of the season where ballparks will run their biggest promotions to try and get fans into the stadium. Of course, nothing gets fans into the ballpark like a playoff bound ball club.
The Mets have become the first MLB franchise to place tickets on the bargain website 'Groupon'. Most of the tickets are a near 50% off of face value. Don Vaccaro, owner and founder of Ticket Network seems to think this move devalues the franchise, a once proud team that was always competitive.
In my opinion, it's the responsibility of the front office to get people in the ballpark in any way possible. Where the tickets are placed on the secondary market should make no difference. When fans are in the stadium, they will be spending money on both concessions or memorabilia.
What boggles my mind is how a baseball club with a brand new stadium- located in a city of 8 Million people struggles with attendance. I'm sure the majority of New York are Yankees fans, but even they are being priced out of their market. $14 for a domestic beer and $34 for upper level seating just isn't that appealing; even for the Yankees.