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Yankees’ Levine, Bronx boro prez in StubHub ticket spat

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Updated: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 2:03 AM

Yankees president Randy Levine pulls no punches with his words about Bronx borough prez Ruben Diaz Jr. for leaning toward siding with StubHub.ARTURO WONG/EPA

Yankees president Randy Levine pulls no punches with his words about Bronx borough prez Ruben Diaz Jr. for leaning toward siding with StubHub.

In the Yankees’ ongoing ticket battle with StubHub, looks like the Bronx is burning!

Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., is siding with StubHub in the team’s heated battle with the ticket exchange, his spokesman confirmed Tuesday night.

“The borough president is a lifelong Yankee fan. The borough president’s favorite player was Graig Nettles,” John DeSio, communications director for Diaz, told the News.

“He lives and dies by the Yankees as do many people in the borough, the city and the world. This new policy on tickets combined with their COO’s elitist comments are not very fan friendly for the borough president or anyone else who loves the Yankees.”

Yankee president Randy Levine didn’t waste any time tearing into Diaz.

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“It doesn’t surprise me given that we’ve stopped his endless funding requests,” Levine told ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who first reported in a tweet that Diaz considering taking StubHub’s side. “It does surprise me because the only time he showed up to Yankee Stadium was when he was on official business when he was comped.

“I guess there are no greater problems in the Bronx,” Levine continued to Rovell, “that he needs to spend time on, than ticketing.”

DeSio, however, emphatically denies Diaz was ever comped at Yankee Stadium.

“He’s so off base,” says DeSio.

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The battle royale between the Yankees and StubHub got heated last week when the team — who have an official deal with Ticketmaster — said they would no longer accept print-at-home tickets.

The battle royale between the Yankees and StubHub got heated last week when the Bombers — who have an official deal with Ticketmaster — said they would no longer accept print-at-home tickets in the Bronx.

The Yanks said the move would protect fans from fraud, but the Bombers have been battling StubHub for years over the resale of tickets. Ticketmaster sets a price floor for the ducats, while on StubHub, tickets can be resold for any price.

After the decision, Yankees COO Lonn Trost made things considerably worse for the Bombers in attempting to explain the team’s policy with this elitist rant.

“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 a ticket and (another) fan picks it up for a buck-and-a-half and sits there, and it’s frustrating to the purchaser of the full amount,” Trost said.

Then added: “And quite frankly, the fan may be someone who has never sat in a premium location. So that’s a frustration to our existing fan base.”

A Yankee spokesman later said Trost meant no offense by the comment. Clearly what Levine said Tuesday night was meant to offend, it appears.


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