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.

Skaggs Case: Federal Agents have interviewed at least six current or former Angels players

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The Los Angeles Times reports that federal agents have interviewed at least six current and former Angels players as part of their investigation into the death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

Among the players questioned: Andrew Heaney, Noé Ramirez, Trevor Cahill, and Matt Harvey. An industry source tells NBC Sports that the interviews by federal agents are part of simultaneous investigations into Skaggs’ death by United States Attorneys in both Texas and California.

There has been no suggestion that the players are under criminal scrutiny or are suspected of using opioids. Rather, they are witnesses to the ongoing investigation and their statements have been sought to shed light on drug use by Skaggs and the procurement of illegal drugs by him and others in and around the club.

Skaggs asphyxiated while under the influence of fentanyl, oxycodone, and alcohol in his Texas hotel room on July 1. This past weekend, ESPN reported that Eric Kay, the Los Angeles Angels’ Director of Communications, knew that Skaggs was an Oxycontin addict, is an addict himself, and purchased opioids for Skaggs and used them with him on multiple occasions. Kay has told DEA agents that, apart from Skaggs, at least five other Angels players are opioid users and that other Angels officials knew of Skaggs’ use. The Angels have denied Kay’s allegations.

In some ways this all resembles what happened in Pittsburgh in the 1980s, when multiple players were interviewed and subsequently called as witnesses in prosecutions that came to be known as the Pittsburgh Drug Trials. There, no baseball players were charged with crimes in connection with what was found to be a cocaine epidemic inside Major League clubhouses, but their presence as witnesses caused the prosecutions to be national news for weeks and months on end.