By Peter Haskell

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Spring training starts for the New York Mets today and while the players are working out, the front office is trying to get people to come see them when the regular season comes around.

Things have gotten so bad for the New York Mets that they’re actually giving away tickets.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell has the deal

Fans who buy 5, 11, or 17-game packages are getting tickets for a bonus game, free of charge.

Sports consultant Marc Ganis admits the team is in a tough spot.

“Now I give them credit that, rather than having empty stands, they’re willing to have giveaways and give away tickets as part of packages,” says Ganis. “It’s not an act of desperation. It certainly is an act of concern.”

Attendance was down 17 percent last year.

The 5-game packages start at $99, thee 11-game packages start at $243, and the 17-game packages start at $360. Details from the Mets HERE.

While all of this is going on, the Wilpons are involved in a $300 million lawsuit involving the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

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