Aides to Mayor Bloomberg wanted a free luxury suite and free food, the same deal they got from the Mets. The Yankees balked then gave in for a price: 250 free parking spaces and the use of three billboards along the Major Deegan. The team can presumably profit off those spaces and those billboards.
One of the city’s slickers asked whether they could take the word of Yankees president Randy Levine. “I don’t trust him,” replied former deputy major Dan Doctoroff.
While it reeks, it’s probably not illegal. Meanwhile, good luck trying to get into that suite if you work for city.
The Yankees and the Mets needed their new ballparks and they’ll be great for baseball fans. But we’ll be hearing for years about all the under-the-table dealings that went on and are probably still going on.