QUEENS, N.Y. (WPIX)—Democratic Queens Representative Anthony Weiner is planning a measure to swing back at the rising fees associated with the online purchase of Major League Baseball tickets.
The arbitrary fees that include extra charges for "processing", "convenience" and even "printing", can add up to $31.50 for four seats ($84) at Citi Field. At a Yankees game, four tickets valued at $88 may have an added price tag of $28.60, according to Weiner's office.
"We hope Major League Baseball and its teams can sort this out on their own, but we will introduce legislation if they don't," Weiner said.
One of the charges drawing the most ire from fans and from Weiner's office is the $2.50 fee tacked on by both the Mets and the Yankees if the tickets are to be printed at home. Many are perplexed by the additional charge when, after all, the ticket purchaser was the one who bought the printer, ink and paper in order to print at home.
The charges are backroom deals between MLB clubs and ticket services such as Ticketmaster, and Rep. Weiner said he was unable to find out how the profits from those "convenience" and printing fees are divided between the stakeholders.
A report prepared by Weiner's office said they did, however, find out the ball clubs do profit from the extra charges.
"Yankee and Mets families are some of the hardest hit families in MLB," said Weiner.