Bernie Madoff's Mets tickets available on eBay
Those of you who missed out on a chance for some of Citi Field's choicest ducats when they first went on sale will be excited to hear that a couple sweet season tickets will soon be up for auction. Rather than putting Bernie Madoff's pair of seats up on StubHub 81 times, to help raise money for the disgraced trader's former customers, the trustee responsible for liquidating Madoff's assets will put the lot on eBay, more or less: Wrote attorney Marc Hirschfield:
"...the buyer will not get Madoff's exact seats.
Madoff's tickets were for two seats in the second row behind home plate in the Delta Club Platinum section and had a face value of about $80,191, or $295 to $695 per single ticket.
Court-appointed trustee Irving Picard has worked out a deal with the Mets to exchange Madoff's seats for two less expensive ones a few sections over and a few rows back with a face value of $60,750.
The trustee would get a $19,440 refund for the difference between the platinum and gold seats, a lawyer for the trustee said in a U.S. Bankruptcy Court filing on Tuesday.
While the tickets are still for excellent and exclusive seats, it is the view of the trustee that the less expensive tickets will be more marketable, especially given the current economic environment. ...
Probably a good idea. Remember, these are the seats for the uber-rich, the crowd Madoff scammed. Even Mets owner Fred Wilpon was a victim. I'm not sure it'd be safe to occupy the exact seats in which Madoff was set to sit his now jailed behind. They might be the rich and powerful, but New York is still New York and anger is still anger.
Of course, should K-Rod falter, Johan Santana's elbow flare up, or the team otherwise struggle, the Mets might want Madoff around to distract the fan base. The punishment he takes there might be worse than what he gets behind bars.
-- Brian Kamenetzky