New York Jets have sold 75% of PSLs, so ‘there’s no chance of a blackout’ for Gang Green opener

Courtesy NY Daily News & Manish Mehta

Don't worry New York Jets fans. Gang Green promises all PSLs will be sold, and the season opener on Sept. 13 won't be blacked out.

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Don’t worry New York Jets fans. Gang Green promises all PSLs will be sold, and the season opener on Sept. 13 won’t be blacked out.

The Jets’ decision to slash prices by up to 50% on 9,000 unsold personal seat licenses at the New Meadowlands Stadium last month has paid off. The team has sold 75% of those PSLs and remains confident the rest will be sold in time to avoid a blackout for the Monday night season opener against the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 13.

“We’re 100% certain that we’re going to sell out by opening day,” Matt Higgins, executive vice president of business operations, told the Daily News Tuesday. “There’s no chance of a blackout.”

Three sections – the Lower End Zone (50 percent reduction), Mezzanine Endzone B (39 percent reduction) and Lower Sideline (33 percent reduction) – were affected by the reduction nearly six weeks ago.

The Jets will not make any further reduction in PSL prices to accelerate the approximately 2,300 remaining unsold seats. Higgins admitted that there will be some unsold club seats heading into the season, but they are excluded from the NFL’s blackout rules.

“Every hour the phone just keeps ringing with fans interested in purchasing tickets,” Higgins said. “There will be no need to adjust those prices any further. We expect a full sellout.”

The Jets also started calling fans on a waiting list for Upper Bowl seats since many ticket holders in the Upper Bowl upgraded to purchase the reduced PSL seats, Higgins said.

EMERALD RING
The Jets will unveil a Ring of Honor at the new stadium this season to celebrate the team’s all-time great players and coaches. The six-member first class that will be inducted at halftime of the first preseason game against the Giants on Aug. 16 is made up of Weeb Ewbank, Joe Namath, Curtis Martin, Don Maynard, Joe Klecko and Winston Hill.

JENKINS JOLTIN’
Kris Jenkins took a veiled shot at an anonymous former teammate when asked about replacing the void left by some veterans during an interview on the NFL Network Tuesday night.

“We have great guys who have come in to step up and fill in a void of some of the big losses that we have had this (offseason),” Jenkins said. “In some other cases, we’ve had some real men come in and step in for the women that we lost. So we’re going to be okay. Don’t worry about it.”

ON THE MARQUES
Unrestricted free agent defensive end Marques Douglas could re-sign with the Jets by the end of the week, according to a source. The 11-year veteran would help a defensive line lacking quality depth.

Undrafted free agent defensive tackle Martin Tevaseu, who was released by the Browns last month, was signed Tuesday.
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New Chapter For NY Jets Fans One Month Away

We are just over one month away from the start of the 2010 football season.  For many long time New York Jets fans, this will be a season many will remember.  For some, it will be the first season in a brand new stadium in New Jersey.  For others it is the start of their first ever season watching their beloved team from their couches at home.  After the events of the past two years, it all culminates in a matter of weeks.  It is do or die time for the New York Jets organization.  Some fans think they are banking on HBO’s Hard knocks in hopes of selling more PSL’s.  I have talked to a few I have already interviewed who feel it is too little too late.

Some long time season ticket holders I have interviewed feel the sales reps from the New York Jets care more about their sales and quotas more than they care about the fans.  One long time holder who has had his seats along the 50 yard line experienced a sales representative who was not just out for a sales, but disrespectful.

This gentleman who wanted to remain anonymous, has had his tickets since the New York Titans.  He has followed the Jets from stadium to stadium, except the new Meadowlands Stadium.  He is 81 years old.  When the ticket rep first contacted him before the big Coaches Club Auction in November of 2008, he acted like his best friend.  He told him if he agreed to give the Jets organization $50,000 per seat for a PSL, they would not auction off his seats.  He had four seats which would have totaled $200,000.  He told the sales rep he was a Senior Citizen and could not afford that amount of money.  The sales rep then changed his attitude and said he was not a Jets fan then if he would not do it.  IS this the mentality of the sales Representatives the Jets employ?  Do they care more about their quota and getting ales than doing what is right for the fans?

I have heard many stories from numerous season ticket holders since that time about sales Representatives calling time and time again pushing the sale.  Talking more about numbers to get them into a seat rather than asking them why they will not commit to a PSL.  Every time I was called the sales representative did not care to ask me why I would not get one, only talk about the advantages of having a PSL.  This is a constant theme in the documentary, where fans are upset with the sales office and feel pushed away by the organization.  Even though PSL prices were slashed by 50%, many still feel put off by the team.  But many others still flocked like sheep to the lower prices.  Many fans I interviewed who were against PSL’s, went to purchase them anyway as they felt they had no choice if they wanted to attend games.  We all have a choice and you can say no.

There are already seats available for the 2010 New York Jets season on Stub Hub.  People are buying the PSL’s only to sell off the tickets game by game.  One can still get seats for every game and not be a PSL owner.  You will save more money over the long term, you just will not own your seats.  Plus, many state the PSL is only a football license for that team.  In other stadiums across the country, if you own that seat, you own it for every event in that stadium.  For Jets and Giants PSL holders, you only own your seats for that teams events.  All other events you have to be on a list, await allocation to the teams, or have a ticket in another seat in the facility.  So the PSL is not a TRUE PSL.  It is only a football seat license.  One aspect many fans care about.

Even though the documentary focuses on the Jets, many Giants season ticket holders did not purchase PSL’s.  Martin Sanford who has had his seats since 1981 feels as he said “shafted” by the team.  He talked about how he felt as if they did not care if he was going to buy a PSL or not.  That the only ones who matter are the ones paying now and not the ones who have given thousands to the team over the years.  He feels it is more about what fans will do going forward and not what they have done in the past to support a 1-15, 4-12, 2-14 team.  After all it is about the new business, not old business.  Martin does not care if they have an undefeated season or win a super Bowl.  He just wants to see the organization eat its words and not make its money.  Even though prices were reduced, Martin knows the team still has to come up with that money to pay for the new stadium.  Many feel ticket prices and other costs will rise in the next five years to compensate for that reduction and cover the building costs.

Since 1996, many teams have used PSL’s in many different sports.  Many long time season ticket holders did not opt into PSL’s and thus began their time watching home games from their own home.  The 2010 season begins that time for many New York Jets and Giants fans.  The first season they will be watching home games from their own couches instead of seats inside the stadium.  Some I have talked to feel comfortable with their decision.  Other fans feel awkward being home, not tailgating or taking part in Sunday rituals that have become a part of football life for them.  I have come across some fans who just follow the Jets like they are being herded.  Being one of the group who will do anything to follow the Jets.  Some refer to it as drinking the Kool Aid.

I am going to try and be there opening night during the Monday night game to get fans reactions and feeling from opening night.  I have to contact Jets personnel as well to see if I am able to film at the new stadium.  Different owners so I need to get approval all over again.  Plus, I have to see if I am allowed to get shots of the new stadium in the background.  They have been very picky about that.  If I had to pay $1,250 an hour to film at the old stadium in the parking lot, I can not imagine what they rates will be now.  Yes, $1,20 per hour was the rate the NJSEA (New Jersey Sports & Exhibition Authority) was asking.  Glad I was able to get that waved by the Jets.  But this is a whole new stadium.  Tailgating will be different too.  Going to be an interesting start to a new season.

Giants Stadium Is Gone. What Next?

Some notable New York Jets news over the past week.  Darelle Revis will attend training camp despite not having a new contract.  D’Brickashaw Ferguson signed a new six year deal with the Jets as well.  Not to mention the New York Jets will be on HBO’s Hard Knocks in a few weeks.  Seems the team has some good news going for them before the preseason starts.  But the tune may change once the season begins.  They still have yet to sell all of the PSL’s and thousands still remain unsold.  Many long time ticket holders will not cave in and many still have yet to find the money to afford them.  Even with the lower prices and payment plans many can not afford it, including me.  I am in the midst of looking for full time work and it is like looking for a needle in a stack of needles.  Anyone know of anyone hiring or they are hiring themselves, contact me.  Shameless plug, I know.

The documentary will be done filming at the end of the 2010 season.  No reason to go past the first year at the new MEadowlands Stadium.  Already have had a few people ask what I will be writing about not just when the season is over, but now that the old stadium is gone.  I have written for weeks now about the old stadium and many seem I may not have much to write about.  I could write about the Jets like everyone else does.  news updates, draft prospects, Twitter feeds, and everything else every other blog writes about.  I just like to be different.  I tried doing the news thing but I prefer to write what is on my mind and what goes on in life.  I may decide to write about the Jets in future posts if the news is worth writing about.  I am just not the type to devote an entire article on why Darelle Revis should be paid what he is asking and pump the article full of stats.

I read a lot of blogs dedicated to Jets news and fan posts.  But I prefer to cover all aspects of the Jets, even the news that some media outlets will not reports about.  Let’s face it, the main media outlets skirt the PSL issue a lot.  Why is that?  Because they still want locker room access, field level access, and all the access they need to report the team first hand.  They know if they report the Jets in a bad light or too much negative press they will not be allowed to cover the team anymore.  Someone like me they do not like because I answer to myself.  My documentary is something only I have control over when it comes to editing and content.  They know they have no control over it and can not sway me.  What will they do?  Stop me from going to events?  I am sure I am on their radar, but only a small blip.

The Jets fan blogs also cover the Jets and their players in a positive light.  Not too many of them would cover the Jets in a negative light.  They are all Gang Green fans and would not do that.  The only posts I have read on blogs that paint the Jets in a negative light would be the PSL’s, nothing else.  Might bad mouth some trades or front office decisions, but they do not cross the line enough.  I think I am the only Jets fan who sees the organization and writes about them in an honest light.  I do not hold back or cover what the truth may be.  Even Fireman Ed knows how the media will not cover the Jets in a bad light so they continue to get their press access to the team and events.  We talked about that off camera.

I guess I will keep writing about the Jets in the future and what business decisions they make.  I have already started down that path so why turn back now.  From doing this documentary, I stepped over the line and view football as both a fan and as an unbiased reporter.  I still cheer on the Jets players but at the same time find business decisions they make to be ridiculous.  It is hard to go both ways with a team I grew up following.  Both ways, funny, I know.  It is hard to be a fan and a reporter of a team you love.  One part wants to cheer and write nothing but great things but another side wants to be honest and report about the truth.  The truth everyone should know that many turn their head to.  No business wants any bad news to get out there about their company.  But people deserve to know everything, even if the truth is harsh and it makes a company look bad.  There is never good news all the time.  People need to make their own decision based off all angles, good and bad.

I enjoy writing.  I like to speak my ind and go from the gut.  Sometimes I speak about my documentary, the Jets, the old stadium, myself and anything else that seems newsworthy.  But sometimes I like to write about my life, my stories, what I think makes a great story.  I guess that is why I like to write.  There is so much going around in my mind I just need to get it all out and not hold back.  Maybe that is why some of my other posts deal with family and fans I have met over the past few years.  I like telling their stories on top of mine.  People should hear more than what is reported in the media and the blog nation is one of the best places to find them.  I would like to find more Jets blogs that talk more from the heart rather than re-reporting the news.

Giants Stadium Demolition: Stairway To Heaven

I guess this is the last week to take pictures of the Giants Stadium demolition.  All that seems to be left are half the spirals and escalators from Gate C and little from Gate D.  I went over on Monday June 28th and today July 1st.  There was only one section remaining Monday in front of gate C.  Funny how my seats were right in that section too, Section 226.  As soon as you went up the Mezzanine escalators it was to the slight right.  Took the Section 226/227 entrance to get to Row 8, Seats 7 and 8.  Kind of a strange feeling knowing the section I was in was the last section to go.  Yes the seats and floors were taken out but the structure was there.

My father Gerald Levy passed in August of 2002.  He died at the age of 67 from complications related to smoking, emphysema. Eventually, an aortic aneurysm got him.  He may have done better if he was n better health.  That is why I hate to see people my age, kids, or anyone for that matter smoking.  I know what it can do to someone.  It may take pressure off, relax you, but it can also shorten your life.  If you are a mother or a father just know what you are doing to your kids.  May tell me to F off but I know first hand what smoking can do to someone.  I was my father’s caretaker in the end.  I did not live with him.  But I took him to the doctor’s, hospital, dealt with the doctor’s, his prescriptions, and more.  He carried a small oxygen tank with him towards the end.  He died two months after I was married.  He carried the oxygen tank with him as he and my mother Susan brought me down the aisle.

It is hard not to think about going to games at Giants Stadium without thinking about my father.  It has been close to eight years and it still feels like yesterday.  I do not think I am over his loss still.  I was not prepared for him to go yet.  I still have a lot of things I want to talk to him about.  As I write this I am fighting the urge to cry.  It pains me and makes me so upset to think of his death.  I was so not ready to let him go.  I miss him so much.  I may not get along with my mother all the time but I want her to be around for as long as possible.  I can’t fight the tears.  Even grown men have to cry now and then, it cleanses the soul.

So many of us have memories of going to any sporting events with our father, or mother depending on your situation.  My brother and I split games to go to with my dad every season.  We always fought over the Miami Dolphins game, New England Patriots was second.  When my brother Ean started driving then he and I would go to games.  When I wrestled as a kid in independent tournaments, it was my dad who drove me to them and did what he could coaching from the edge of the mat.  He may not have known very much, but it was that encouragement that made me want to keep entering them.  It was time like that that made our relationship special.  Going to the football games was the same really.  Talking about the players, hearing him try to coach all the way up in our section.  Every game I would get a new banner to put up on my wall.  Tried to collect all the teams.

I am dedicating my documentary to his memory.  Without him, the Jets would never have been the only team I have truly loved to watch.  Al Toon will always remain my all time favorite player.  Took me until high school to get his 88 jersey.  I always think of the games we went to.  Every time I have gone back to take pictures of Giants Stadium I think of him.  I know he would love every second of what I am doing now.  He would have been in the car with me several times when I was up and close.  He would have tried to talk to the Skanska guys if he was there to get me out of trouble.  He would have BS’d for me, he was good at that.  He would have taken the heat or anything else to get the situation resolved.  Then would would laugh about it in the car after we left.

I have a couple shirts from Belmar, NJ, where my dad was from.  I wore them a lot when I would go over to the stadium.  My mom is from Queen’s NY.  No shirts from there.  They met on Fire Island.  My brother and I have joked and said the bar must have been dark.  That is our family’s sense of humor.  When they were married, my father had both New York Jets and New York Rangers season tickets.  He was going to keep only one set and asked my mother which ones he should keep  He was trying to be fair.  My mother says she was a hockey fan and wanted the Rangers tickets.  He Kept the Jets tickets instead.  One decision I stand behind to this day.

Many of us had the parental figure or are that figure to someone we went to our early games with.  In football, the memories stand out if you are a season ticket holder .  There are only eight games, 10 with preseason.  Easier to remember specific memories to me.  Every game was an adventure.  We didn’t tailgate but there was the drive from Parsippany I can remember.  When an ADP was where Clifton Commons on Route 3 in Clifton is now was standing, traffic was always back to there.  I can recall a car of about five guys parking out from by these huge bushes.  The place was feet from Route 3.  All five in less than a minute were out of the car and self watering the bushes.  Hoses attached. We never laughed so hard and anything before.  My brother was there too, we went to the 1985 AFC Wild Card game against the Patriots that day.

My father was a great friend to me.  We had those father/son moments that I remember like they were yesterday.  I do have memories about my mother too.  One’s from summer camp, trips to NYC, Holidays, and countless other memorable moments.  But those football games was male bonding, a sacred ground to guys.  Guess when I saw a piece of the stadium come down each time more memories came back and got harder to see it go. Anyone can pick their own stadium that brings back memories for them.  My father and I shared Giants Stadium.  Seeing it go just just brings back memories of my dad.

Below are what remains of the old stadium.  Best angles I could get.  Glad I had the times I did with my dad there.  Made being a New York Jets fan that much better.  Something we shared for a long time.  With everything the team has gone through after he passed it would have made for great conversation.  Glad I have those memories to look back on.  Going to seem weird to not see anything of the old stadium remaining.  Have some great first time and last times memories there.  See if I get some in the new stadium.  Not looking forward to paying, even on Stub Hub.

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