Yankees Looking To Buy EPL’s Tottenham Club?

London’s DAILY STAR reported Sunday that the New York Yankees are entertaining the possibility of making a bid for Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League.

Hal and Hank Steinbrenner

THE owners of baseball giants New York Yankees are looking into buying Spurs for a massive £450million.

Powerhouse Yankees are said to be weighing up an offer for a major stake in the White Hart Lane outfit.

Hank, a former college soccer player, expressed an interest in buying the club in the early 1990s.

Back then, the Yankees were ­approached to buy a 33 per cent ­interest in Tottenham for around £20m – but they passed up the option and it is a decision that Hank still regrets.

It’s probably not a coincidence that this news hit just days after George Steinbrenner passed away. Can’t imagine the old man would be too excited about it.

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Asked about buying into another sports franchise, Hank said: “The only thing would be a major soccer team in ­Europe, preferably in the Premier League. That’s always a possibility for me.”

Current owner Joe Lewis, 73, could be tempted. The Bahamas-based, East End-born businessman is worth £1.5billion but he and his partners lost £500m in the Bear Stearns bank collapse.

Yankees President Randy Levine responded to the report today. Read more…

Yanks Ready For Comeback After Hal-Stein’s Coup

On Feb. 24, NEWSDAY’s Neil Best asked Yankees COO Lonn Trost, “Is there any chance you will drop prices on your most expensive seats?”

Hal Steinbrenner Coup Means Comeback For Yankees

(Does Hal Now Have Yanks’ Hank-led goon squad in the backseat?)

Trost:No, our prices are our prices.”

Whoops! From this afternoon’s NYP:

The Yankees today announced they are lowering ticket prices for seats located in the Legends Suite and a few other of their more expensive locations.

So who was behind the change? Not Trost. Or fat-faced pitbull Randy Levine. Ditto Hank Steinbrenner.

Try the only Yankee guy who never shows up in PAGE SIX for stiffing a random waiter in the meatpacking district: Hal Steinbrenner.

This development was huge for the Yankees, but not in the way you think. Yeah, lowering ticket prices is a good thing, but the move signals something much more important.

Hal Steinbrenner may apparently finally be taking charge of the organization.

I worked in the Yankee organization for 4+ years in the late ’90s as a broadcaster with the club’s AAA team. During that time, George Steinbrenner was still in firm control of the franchise, but right about that time I started to get the sense that Hal could soon enter the front office picture.

When I first started with the team, Hal was nowhere to be found, but by the end of my tenure, he was often seen participating in Yankee p.r. functions, some of which I participated in with him.

That seemed to telegraph that someday Hal would take the reins, but until today, it obviously hadn’t happened. Read more…

Yankees Touchy About Empty Seats, Swipe at MLS

The New York Yankees organization has grown tired of hearing about their empty premium seats.  When Bud Selig called in the Yankees and Mets to talk about having to hear about overpriced seats in repeated news cycles, the two New York teams nodded politely and reminded Selig who pays the bills around here. Selig promptly shrugged his famous shrug and backed down.

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(Visual representation of the Yankees discussing empty seats at New Yankee Stadium)

Therefore, the Yankees took it very badly when Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, made a rather unkind comment about those unfilled seats.   “It’s incomprehensible,” said Garber, “that you watch a game, and there will be front-row seats empty.” Randy Levine, Yankees president, drilled Garber in his soft underbelly with his own unkindness:

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