Bronx Bummer

Seven On Your Side
June 19, 2009 9:18:58 PM PDT
It was a terrible disappointment to the Yankees fan. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and couldn't make all the games she had season tickets for. She thought she could cancel for the rest of the season. But when the Yankess told her she was in default and owed the full amount. Lisa Giordano is a die-hard Yankee fan and for the last 15 years, a season ticket holder. But now, Lisa's been stricken by M-S. Her medical expenses were mounting and she could not justify the expense of the tickets. "It's now June and I've gone to 4 games," said Lisa.

So Lisa reluctantly gave up her season tickets. She called her account rep at the Yankees and was told no problem. "She (the Yankees rep) understood that I was getting worse medically, not better."

Lisa had paid more than half the total amount for the tickets, more than $31,000. The rep sent Lisa an email, telling her the tickets she already paid for (that ran through July 4th) were still good.

But then a lawyer from the Yankees wrote her with bad news. She had defaulted on her contract. The Yankees were going to cancel all her tickets, even the ones she paid for. And if she didn't pay the balance, more than $25,000, they would start collection proceedings. "The big, bad Yankees are coming after me for the full amount."

It turns out all of this was spelled out in the contract Lisa signed to get the tickets. Actually two contracts, close to 30 pages. Somehow Lisa missed it. "I must say, I didn't really read it.(the contract)"

But after Seven on Your Side pinch hit for her, "He told me that my tickets that I've paid for through July 4th would be good." Lisa says the Yankees called her saying they changed their mind again. She would be allowed to go to the remaining 6 games she paid for. Face value of the tickets? More than $8,000. And Lisa was all smiles for the first game of last weekend's Subway series. "Thank you so much. I couldn't have done it without you."

Will the Yankees still send Lisa to collections for the balance? Their rep never answered that question. Lisa has her fingers crossed.


Story by: Tappy Phillips

Produced by: Steve Livingstone

STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Tappy Phillips