Neil deMause is pretty much awesome. His Field of Schemes book and blog have served as one of the primary inspirations for my criticism of public subsidies for professional sports, and rarely a day goes by when he doesn’t have something worth thinking about. Among the most interesting things from the past few days: based on the spam the Mets ticket office is sending out, there’s a decent chance that there will be empty seats in Citi Field on opening day.
My guess: if there’s even a remote chance of that, vans will be standing by to deliver free tickets to elementary and middle schools all over Queens, ensuring that the people will fill the place on opening day, even if the seats don’t generate any income. After opening day? All bets are off.