On Tuesday, Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein ruled that the NY Mets have the right to restrict Kosher Sports Inc. from selling their products on the Jewish Sabbath, citing a contract between the two entities that does not explicitly guarantee weekend sales, the New York Post reports.
Two years ago, Kosher Sports – headed by former Wall Street trader Jonathan Katz – sued the Mets for barring them from selling hot dogs on Friday nights and Saturdays.
The Mets’ point was that selling anything on Shabbat violated the very idea behind the need to eat kosher food, and the team feared an angry reaction from religious Jewish fans, which crowd its bleachers on weekdays (and probably bring their own food anyway – YY).
At one point, during the two years of court hearings, the Mets accused Kosher Sports of secretly recording conversations of executives of stadium concessions behemoth Aramark (which has been dabbling with introducing vegan, organic, and kosher food to its customers) – and then hiding the recordings from a federal judge.
Judge Weinstein threw out Kosher Sports’ lawsuit against the Mets, and ruled that the hot dog vendor could be liable for damages because it stopped paying the required annual fees to the ball-club.Yori Yanover