At 2:00pm on Friday, before the Mets and Red Sox face off at Citi Field, the first-ever MLBPA store will open at Citi Field. Its called The Players Clubhouse: A Players Choice Store. The store is a joint venture between the MLBPA and Aramark.
I would guess that the MLBPA will have some interesting new merchandise. I always like to check out the Mets gear in the catalogs and stores. But it seems odd that the players union is moving in on turf that’s traditionally been owned by MLB (the owners). I wonder what kind of agreement was reached, if any, between the league and the union for this type of store to begin operations and if it’ll spread to other locations and stadiums.
The Biz Of Baseball reports the MLBPA statement about the new store:
“This new concept in stadium retail sales will feature player-only merchandise licensed by the MLBPA’s Players Choice group licensing program. The store provides the MLBPA and its licensees with a unique opportunity to launch new items, test future products and host player-related events.”