Email shares season-ticket holders' info

4/28/2011 - MLB New York Yankees

A New York Yankees employee accidentally distributed the personal information of 17,000 season ticket holders via a mass email, the team said Wednesday.

The team said the email, which went out to several hundred Yankees season ticket holders, contained a spreadsheet attachment featuring the names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses of those season ticket holders. Seat numbers and account numbers were also included on the spreadsheet.

According to the Yankees: "No other information was included in the document that was accidentally attached to the Apr. 25 email. The document did not include any birth dates, social security numbers, credit card data, banking data or any other personal information."

"A mistake was made and we're being as transparent as we possible can," said a team spokesman. "We've taken steps to insure that this cannot and will not happen again."

The spokesman noted that the 17,000 accounts are less than half of the team's total season ticket accounts.

Premium account holders, such as celebrities, were not affected.

The Yankees sent a letter of apology to all of those affected, and plan to post it on their official website.

Mike Mazzeo is a regular contributor to ESPNNewYork.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.