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Court Upholds Citi Field’s Ban on Sale of Kosher Food on Shabbat

By: JTA

A federal appeals court told a kosher hot dog vendor in New York that its agreement with Citi Field precludes it from selling kosher products at the stadium on Shabbat.

Kosher Sports Inc. had a 10-year contract with Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, to sell hot dogs, sausages and other kosher products in the stadium through October 2018. In 2010, the kosher food distributor sued Citi Field operators for preventing its workers from selling their products on Friday nights and Saturdays, and for attempting to stop the company from obtaining a fourth food cart.

In its ruling Tuesday, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York found that the agreement “did not cover when or where KSI could sell its kosher food products,” and therefore Citi Field was within its rights to restrict sales on the Sabbath. The court also awarded Citi Field $55,000 and rejected Kosher Sports Inc.’s request to reverse a court decision from February 2012 that found the vendor failed to make payments on time.

“KSI had no right under the unambiguous terms of the agreement to sell its products at Citi Field on Fridays and Saturdays,” the court wrote.

The vendor launched its $1 million lawsuit three years ago, claiming that it had lost $500,000 in profits because its stands were not allowed to open during Sabbath games or events. Kosher Sports said it had received permission from kosher-certifying authorities to open the stands to sell food items on the Sabbath, but the rabbi who certifies the stands denied that claim.

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13 Responses to “Court Upholds Citi Field’s Ban on Sale of Kosher Food on Shabbat”

  1. Yehuda Alan says:

    Nobody needs to be at the MET’s game on the Sabbath so they would not need kosher food. I hope they don’t loose the vendor but if they do, I’m sure there are others who would like to open a kosher stand there and wouldn’t cause as much trouble.

  2. Gary Chuven says:

    All those OTD baseball fans will be upset.

  3. most people that eat kosher wouldn't eat at a place that opens on shabbat

  4. Roy Gordon says:

    joe-man you mus' be livin' in a cocoon if you be thinkin' so…

  5. Some one who is really kosher would not go to a baseball game Friday night or Saturday.

  6. Gil Gilman says:

    In principle Walter and Joe are correct. Without that principle what is left of value? Roy's comment shows the shallowness of people who wish to consume or sell kosher while breaking the Sabbath.

  7. Dan Silagi says:

    An idiotic policy by the New York Mets, and an equally imbecilic ruling by this dumb-assed judge. If you're an observant Jew, what the hell are you doing at a baseball game on the Sabbath in the first place? And if you're not shomer Shabbat, and want a kosher dog, why can't you eat one on Saturday or any other day?

    On the other hand, the NY Mets are trayfe to begin with, Ike Davis nonwithstanding. Nobody should be attending these losers' games. Even goyim.

  8. Steve Lezak says:

    Kind of funny, it takes a secular court to make a proper and Halakhic religious ruling.

  9. Dan Silagi says:

    A rabbi was quoted as saying that if the hot dog was prepared before the Sabbath, and served by a gentile, it's still kosher. The people who are being screwed by this ruling are actually gentiles, who can't eat a kosher hot dog if they want one. Moreover, it just highlights the whole preposterous business of halaicha and especially Kashrut in general.

  10. Alan Kardon says:

    Courts got this one correct.

  11. Dan Silagi says:

    In another case involving Hebrew National, the court dismissed a lawsuit, saying it wasn't their job to decide Kashrut law. This court should have done the same.

  12. An easy solution: sell kosher hot dogs at all the hot dog stands. The people who care about Kashrut can buy from the kosher-only stands, and anyone else who wants a good hot dog can buy them anytime.

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