All of those are plausible, but another angle on the issue should be clear: scrapping the plan would save Forest City Ratner a lot of money.
Let's say every ticket were bundled with a MetroCard, with two $2.25 fares.
If the arena were chock-full, with 18,000 patrons, that $4.50 fare over 41 home games would represent $3.3 million.
But let's say they figured out a way to only offer MetroCards to two-thirds of the crowd. At 12,000 fares, the cost would be $2.2 million.
And this is without counting pre-season games.