Wilpons Keeping Fans Money During COVID19 Pandemic
With MLB enforcing their end of the March agreement, every team is going to play a 60 game schedule, and they’re never going to leave their time zone. That means the original 2020 schedule has been officially scrapped.
That means even with Mets players at Citi Field for Summer Training, they won’t be joined by the Padres for the Fourth of July weekend. The Mets also aren’t going to host the Rockies at the end of August.
Even if those games were going to happen, to ticket holders it doesn’t matter. Under COVID19 restrictions, fans are not permitted to attend games at the ballpark. Seeing how New York is scaling back reopening, the chances of fans attending games is slim to none.
In total, the old schedule is null and void as it has been replaced by a completely new schedule which has yet to be released. When that new schedule is released, tickets will not be available for sale because fans cannot attend games.
Despite that, the Mets are keeping their fans money.
According to their recently released policy, they are only refunding games through the end of June. Even though they know the scheduled July, August, and September games aren’t happening, they don’t care. They’re keeping that money, and maybe in the future, you can request a refund.
That’s if you decide not to roll it forward for a 2021 game. Sure, they’ll keep that money for a year, but they’ll impose blackout dates.
This was a team purportedly losing hundreds of millions of dollars due to the Wilpons financial mismanagement. That was before the pandemic. They’re seeking extensions on payment of loan agreements. The Mets are among the teams who are anticipated to lose the most money during this pandemic.
Perhaps then, it is of no small accident they’re keeping fans money for games which are no longer scheduled and for games which will be played without fans.
The Wilpons are firing people and keeping your money. While not technically theft, it’s plain wrong, and it’s another example why the Wilpons need to be out of the business of baseball as soon as possible.