Diaz Jr. goes to bat for shops near Yankee Stadium, Yankees fire back

Billie Rama
November 01, 2019 - 11:06 am
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is going to bat for the merchants around Yankee Stadium. 

Diaz Jr. has written a letter to Nike, Major League Baseball and the Yankees calling for the reversal of a new marketing deal that will prevent officially licensed Yankees merchandise from being sold in the neighborhood surrounding the stadium.

Diaz Jr. said the deal, slated to start next year, has the potential to destroy the business district in that part of the Bronx.

"If these eight businesses can no longer sell official Yankees merchandise they will be forced to close, and the area surrounding the stadium will be a ghost town," said Diaz Jr. "These eight businesses have been selling official merchandise for decades, and are the core of the business district surrounding the stadium. Preventing them from continuing to do just that [will> devastate the economy in the area surrounding the stadium and put 100 people out of work. This is totally unacceptable."

A man named Kyle told 1010 WINS' that the shops are convenient especially since prices inside the stadium are so high.

The Yankees sent a letter in response to Diaz Jr., saying they too had concerns about the plan and voiced expressed those concerns to MLB in a letter and said "the magnitude of the problem is extreme."

"If you had called, you would have learned that MLB is in agreement with us," the Yankees added.

The Yankees said that the MLB is working with Nike to resolve the issue and are confident their concerns will be resolved in a manner that will allow local merchants to continue to sell Yankees merchandise.

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