John Oliver takes on the Yankees
Suffice it to say, John Oliver is not a Yankees fan.
Just in time for Monday’s postponed opening day game against the Houston Astros, the comic took a moment on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to give his two cents on the New York team’s premium Legends Club tickets.
“There is only one thing, however, that we can all be absolutely sure of this season, and that is that the New York Yankees will continue finding ways to look like the biggest elitist a–holes in all of sports,” Oliver declared before sharing a clip of the team’s sales pitch for the pricey ducats.
“Legends is an amazing private club. It’s the first five rows of our stadium,” a rep for the team says before describing the “first class accommodations” that include a private entrance, concierge, “five star dining, in-seat service,” and more.
The snooty seats garnered Oliver’s attention because the team announced it would no longer accept print-at-home tickets, which would make reselling them more difficult for fans. When the Yankees COO Lonn Trost was forced to defend this choice, he went on the radio and said how he really feels about some of the team’s fans: “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 and it frustrates the purchaser of the full amount. … The fan, you know, might be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”
Oliver paraphrases Trost’s sentiment: “He is saying rich people couldn’t bear to sit next to people who aren’t as rich, which would be offensive if you were talking about the opera, much less a sport whose primary fashion statement is the goatee.” And Oliver is putting this money where his mouth is, making sure ample “riffraff” will have seats in the Legends Club for the first three games at Yankee Stadium. He’s selling off a pair of tickets right behind home plate for 25 cents each to those who promise (on Twitter, of course) to dress “like you have never sat in a premium location before.”
Here are some examples that have already hit the web: