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Red Sox push for permanent rights to public streets

The Red Sox are allowed to use Yawkey Way (above) and Lansdowne Street on game days.
The Red Sox are allowed to use Yawkey Way (above) and Lansdowne Street on game days.Bill Greene/Globe staff/File 2007

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Since 2003, the Red Sox have made tens of millions of dollars selling food and drink on Yawkey Way, and tickets above Lansdowne Street, but have paid the Boston Redevelopment Authority a fraction of the income earned on the two streets. Now, with a lease agreement set to expire at the end of this season, the club is pushing for permanent rights to conduct business on the streets on the same favorable terms it has enjoyed for the last 11 years.

The redevelopment authority, which said in the wake of a Globe report about the deal two years ago that it would demand a higher fee going forward, has dropped that public stance.

Both the BRA and the Red Sox declined to comment on negotiations.

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