The Yankees and StubHub about to settle their lawsuit

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The Yankees sued StubHub in March, alleging that StubHub’s opening of a ticket office within 1,500 feet of Yankee Stadium violated New York laws against scalping. StubHub’s argument was that it wasn’t a ticket sales office but, rather, merely a printing station for tickets purchased online at home.  The Yankees obtained a temporary restraining order to keep StubHub from opening its office.

Now the lawsuit seems to be on the verge of settling:

 

The terms of the settlement are unknown and will likely remain private. I suppose we’ll be able to infer something based on whether that StubHub office ever opens for business. If it does, on site, figure they paid the Yankees a decent amount of money to do it. If they open up more than 1,500 feet away from the Stadium, it may be safe to assume that the Yankees helped pay some relocation costs or something.

Either way, I get the vibe that everyone felt that the Yankees had a pretty righteous case and that it would be a hard sell for StubHub to convince a court that a “printing office” wasn’t really in the business of selling tickets in violation of that 1,500 foot law.

Phillies, Jake Arrieta having a “dialogue”

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No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.

Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.

It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.

Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.