By Joe McDonald at 10 June, 2013, 4:56 pm
With prices frequently and sometimes drastically slashed on the secondary market, a Major League Baseball team's website is probably the last place any fan should look for tickets to a game. In addition to a higher base price, another reason is the fees, either hidden or obvious, that consumers are made to pay. A $20 ticket might seem like a good deal, until it becomes a $30 ticket thanks to "convenience fees," and "order processing" and other fees that don't get names.
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times did original research and reports on how much each major league team is charging, how the fees are broken down and how they compare to fees of a season ago. The Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and New York Yankees are the worst, not surprisingly, given the venues.
Even for the cheapest seat Jaffe said he could find, the Red Sox charged a league-high $11.50 per ticket in extra fees. This is almost as much as the cheapest ticket they offer, which $12 for upper bleachers on certain dates. Of course, even that $12 ticket really costs $23.50 because of the fees. The Cubs have the highest extra fees — $29.04 — if you buy four seats at a time. The Yankees charge you $26.50 extra for four seats, the Red Sox charge $25 extra.
And what about the biggest changes from 2012 to 2013?