Jets Boost Seat License Sales With Playoff Run, Better Economy

Credit By Aaron Kuriloff & Bloomberg.com
Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) — The New York Jets have seen an increase in sales of seat licenses to their new stadium after a run to the National Football League playoffs combined with an improving corporate economy.
The Jets and Giants are opening a shared $1.6 billion stadium next season in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and paid part of the cost by selling personal seat licenses, or PSLs, which grant holders the right to buy season tickets.
Matt Higgins, the Jets’ executive vice president for business operations, said sales of seat licenses increased in December and January as the Jets made the playoffs and the economy improved.
“A lot of people who were sitting on the sideline in recent months, uneasy about making a purchase, have reversed course,” Higgins said in a telephone interview. “Part of that, we feel, is a function of team performance. But our sales force is also telling us that some of it is diminished concern about the economy.”
The Jets have sold out licenses to the stadium’s most expensive seats, which are inside the “Coaches Club” between the 40-yard lines, Higgins said.
The seats include access to a 20,000-square-foot bar designed by Nobo architect David Rockwell and a patio on the field five yards behind the team’s bench.
The team auctioned some licenses in the area for an average of more than $26,000 each in October 2008. Some “Coaches Club” seats are available in other sections for as much as $30,000 each, Higgins said.
The Jets also have sold out the stadium’s corners after cutting prices in October on some tickets to $195 from $400 and on the most-expensive “Prime” seats to $395 from $500.
Playoff Win
The Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals 24-14 last weekend to advance to the second round of the playoffs, a victory that Higgins says can’t hurt the team’s efforts to sell out the stadium before opening day next season. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez completed 12 of 15 passes for 182 yards to help first- year coach Rex Ryan record his first playoff win.
“The No. 1 driver of renewal is whether the team is headed in the right direction,” Higgins said. “I can’t think of a stronger indication that the team is headed in the right direction than a rookie coach and quarterback headed to the playoffs.”
Higgins said sales to companies also had improved, after months last year where many backed away from entertaining at sports events. Companies used about 71 percent of their sports tickets last month, according to an index compiled by RazorGator Inc.’s TicketOS, up 40 percent over the same month last year.
“We’re seeing a significant renewed interest in hospitality and suites,” Higgins said. “The stigma that has hung over the marketplace has faded. Companies that wouldn’t take our call four months ago are now calling us.”
To contact the reporter on this story: Aaron Kuriloff in New York at akuriloff@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: January 12, 2010 00:01 EST

Westchester man Tom Schonberg who named son after New York Jets believes he helped end team’s curse

Credit:  BY Kevin Deutsch, Matthew Lysiak and Elizabeth Hays
DAILY NEWS WRITERS

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Super Jets fan Tom Schonberg named his son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg (J.E.T.S.) to bring luck to the losing team last February. He believes it worked.

Oh baby – now that’s a Jets fan!

A die-hard Jets fanatic from Westchester named his first-born son after his beloved Gang Green last February as a way to breathe new life into the losing team and reverse its cursed streak.

Now, with a string of wins under the team’s belt – including Saturday’s wild-card playoff victory – Tom Schonberg, 39, has no doubt his plan is working.

“I honestly think the curse is legitimate and this has reversed it,” said Schonberg, 39, who named his 11-month-old son Jake Edward Thomas Schonberg – or JETS.

“My wife thought it was a little crazy, but she knew how much the Jets meant to me,” said Schonberg, an insurance broker from Mount Vernon. “I’m there for the Jets. I’ll do anything I can to help.”

During the week, the family calls the adorable blue-eyed, blond-haired youngster Jake, as a compromise with his wife, Angela, who thought it was going too far to name their baby after a team.

But each Sunday, when the couple dresses the boy in full Jets regalia to watch the game, they call him “Jet.”

“I’m very passionate about the Jets,” said Schonberg, who commissioned a Jets ice sculpture at his wedding four years ago and even postponed his honeymoon for a day so he could squeeze in a game.

“I probably take it a little too far.”

Angela, 34, a physical therapist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, seemed to agree. “At least football’s a short season,” she quipped.

Schonberg – a third-generation Jets fan who grew up surrounded by Giants fans – said he got the idea for his son’s name after his friends convinced him he had personally cursed his beloved Jets by being born. Schonberg was born in 1970, a year after the team’s last Super Bowl win, a detail not lost on his friends.

“My friends think I’m a living jinx,” he said. “So I needed to do something to change it up.”

Naming his son after the team is just the beginning. Though not even a year old, “Jet” already owns a roomful of team paraphernalia, from onesies to towels and toys. And the youngster’s first words may very well be the Jets’ famous cheer.

When Schonberg flew home triumphantly from Cincinnati Sunday, the first thing he did was pick up his son – decked out in his full mini Jets gear, of course – and bounce him on his hip as he led his extended family in the chant.

“J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets,” he cheered as he gave his son a big kiss and added proudly: “We did it, buddy.”

ehays@nydailynews.com

Had to repost this.  great article on the Daily News

Gang Green Holding Their Head High

Afternoon everyone.  I am sitting here watching the Baltimore Ravens wallop the New England Patriots.  Well, maybe wallop was not the best word to use.  The score has been 24-7 for a while.  I am still in shock over the New york Jets victory yesterday.  I am not an analyst or in depth sports writer to get into all the stats.  So to refresh your memory of yesterday’s game, you can pay a visit to the NFL website to get a review.  Funny things about the Jets is, they played like the Jets.  This is how they should have been playing for years.  It seems the Jets had a moment of clarity at the end of the season.  The Jets talked about their Defense and their smash mouth, “all purpose” offense. How many sportscasters have laughed & shook off the Green Machine as true playoff contenders?  . It seems the plan is finally coming together and they will make the Playooffs a tough one this year for other teams. From Rex Ryan has been confusing  opponents and Brian Schottenheimer has been sending in very creative offensive plays.  Many opposing defenses have been confused & the Gang is marching along taking no prisoners.

Do not get me wrong, the Jets will be tough and not just let anyone run over them.  Cedric Benson and his 169 rushing yards was an exception since Carson Palmer did not do anything in the air. How many times has anyone seen the Jets defense been this strong and man handle offensive lines?  Even Mark Sanchez is showing one can move outside the pocket and run down the field if need be.   I think 1998 was the last time Jets fans have been proud to be a fan of the Jets, the fans have waited a long time to get behind the team.  The Jets have a shot to go along way, finally.  There is no fluff here, no big stars, no one guaranteeing anything, just a team of guys will hope on their side and a lot of determination.  Jets fans, like myself, have waited long enough to finally be proud to be a Jets fan.

I have to say Mark Sanchez played one of the best games he has played yet.  anchez deserves a lot of credit for hanging in there all year and for shining when the spotlight was on him the most. Except for eating that hot dog. The Jets are high on Sanchez and expect a lot from him in the future.  He has a bright future as long as he can play at this level. Braylon Edwards was supposed to be this great trade at wide receiver.  He has yet to truly be a wide receiver.  What I mean is, how many receptions has he had on the Jets?  Edwards is another player with a good future, just not so many dropped balls and mistakes.  The offensive line played damn near perfection.  They were pushing that defense around to open up hols for Thomas Jones and Shonn Greene and the Jets running game showed why they were #1 in the NFL.  A rookie back with 21 carries, 135 yards, & a touchdown was worth what the Jets needed to do to get him in the draft. With Jones and Washington already in the backfield, Greene definitely adds a surprise element.  He is one of the Jets bright spots for the future.  Jay Feely is the Player of the Game!  Steve Weatherford had an irregular heartbeat.  Rex Ryan found out right before the game and approached Feely to be punter.  Kudos and props to Jay Feely for stepping up his game.  Ochocinco, Revis had your number, and your reception!

The Jets are at a point where the fans are finally behind them.  If the Jets play to their potential against San Diego then the Jets could be for real.  If the Jets revert back to the “same old” Jets, then we know it was too good to be true.  Jets fans are skeptical, even when they win.  But for now we do have something to cheer for.  The fact Gang Green is still in the playoffs, and Pat the Patriot isn’t.  Today I stand proud to be a Jets fan.  I helped my mom move earlier today and Gina and I were decked out in so much green you could have smoked us.  The days of being looked down on for being a Jets fan may finally be behind us.  But for now, you can hold your head high.

New York Jets E Mail Survey. PSL/Ticket Issues

Evening everyone.  I received an e mail today from the Jets.  They are asking about seat prices and PSL prices.  The survey asks if you are a current season ticket holder, how long, etc.  They then get into ticket and PSL pricing options for the club seats, lower level end zone, and mezzanine sections.  Ticket prices ranged from $99 to $140 in all the sections.  Mainly 140, 109, and 209.  They then asked for my opinion in three different pricing areas:  What seats would be most affordable, too expensive, and maybe too expensive.  They provided picture views from the seats just in case you have not seen the inside of the new stadium.  If they are sending this out, they are having major issues in selliing the PSL’s.  The Jets even offered incentives.  The Jets offered to purchase the inaugural season tickets if you purchased a PSL.  First three years of financing at 0 interest.  They even offered you the opportunity to stretch payments over a 12 month period for the tickets & PSL.   They know they are too expensive along with the ticket prices.  I see the commercials almost every night depending on the channel.  Here is a snapshot of the overview of the survey:

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Seems the Jets really did not get the market research done they should have done a year ago.  They needed to do this even before the season.  They are in a hole and have not reached certain sales goals and it is obvious.  They are looking at repricing even the field level seats.  The question remains, how low will prices actually get?  Will those who purchased PSL’s and tickets already see a refund if they do lower costs?  I will get into this more tomorrow when there is more time and i am less tired.  Some story’s write themselves.  Filming this documentary has just about taken on a new meaning.  There is no shortage of news, good or bad, when it comes to the New York Jets.

Jets/Bengals Tailgating Footage & A Miami Story

Morning all on this cold and sunny day. Well, it i all over at Giants Stadium. No more games, no mroe concerts, and no more fans whining about their team no winning in the final seconds. Now everyone can move into the new stadium and have the same woes about their respective teams. Let us face it, the Jets and Giants are not consistent enough to give their fans season to season hope. But we all stick with them as we have over the years. That is why we are fans. Jets/Bengals coming up this Saturday and I will have a game review up before Saturday. This morning, I just wanted to share a story about a young fan, me, at a cold Dolphins game.

I remember this moment like it was yesterday, very cliche, I know. I must have been 7-8 and this was at Shea Stadium. The Jets were facing the every loved Dolphins. The Dolphins I think had just scoed. We were in the upper deck from what I can remember. We had Dolphins fans in front of us a few rows and in other scattered places. But the Dolphin fans a few rows up were the most vocal and rowdy. I was just a kid, laughing at the m and my father enjoying watching my reactions to it all. By the time the fin fans had quieted down, all you could hear was this little voice yell out “MIAMI SUCKS”!!!! Every fan turned their head to this diminutive person who was laughing after what he just said. The Dolphin fans were asking who said that, where did it come from. But all the Jets fans around my father and I stood up for me and told the Dolphin fans to shut up and sit down. I was getting pats on my back, congratulated, and vergal praise form the Jets faithful around me. I just think everyone was in shock that some little 8 year old would just yell out “Miami Sucks”. Every kid fan should have a moment like that. I guess that is a memory I would like to pass down one day and have some other little fan beside me create his own moments.

Busy day today, here is a compilation video Anthony from Quintano Media put together from the footage we shot Sunday.  You can see how cold it was as many Tauntaun’s were sliced open for warmth.

Final Game at Giants Stadium Tailgaiting from Anthony Quintano on Vimeo.

Happy New Year With A Playoff Game

Happy new Year to everyone and I can not believe it is 2010 already.  This is nothing like the movie said it would be.  OK, bad joke.  But at least the Jets finished the season strong and made their way into the playoffs.  I will get to that in a bit.  I know it has been over a month since I have written or updated anything.  Work has kept me busy and some nights I want to come on the computer and put some things up but just no energy too.  I made one of my resolutions to do some more for myself and make more people smile.  Some have said they look forward to my posts and I thank you.  Knowing there is even one other person that reads and smiles from this makes me excited to do it.  I had to say something about this being the final game in Giants Stadium, forever

The 501st game has been played tonight in Giants Stadium, and it was the Jets.  The last team to get a win in Giants Stadium, was the Jets.  The last fans to see the inside of Giants Stadium are the Jets fans.  Now if that is not an example of irony I do not know what is.  Many fans will not only take away memories of the games, but from tailgating.  Friendships have been forged, relationahsips that have turned into marriages, and even the players have shared some memories in the parking lot.  Some fans we talked to are happy to see the stadium go as it was Giants Stadium.  Others we sad because it was more than the stadium, but the people they had their seats around who made the games a memory for them.  The diverse fan base has so many different opinions it is hard for fans to truly come together, unless the Jets are winning.  Some are glad to move to the new stadium, some are going kicking and screaming, some have caved in & fell like there is no other choice, and others will no longer give the Jets their money.

As we always do, Anthony and I visited Sal & Carmine’s tailgate.  Spent some time, took some shots and we moved on to Erik Manassey’s Tweet up.  Erik runs the Jets Twit blog.website.  Erik provides a great amount of Jets news for the Gang Green faithful.  Spent some time and managed to get Erik’s input regarding social media and the PSL’s.  Great bunch of guys there and was worth the cold walk.  After Erik and the www.jetsblog.com guys, we made the long cold walk to Don La Greca an the 1050 ESPN booth outside Gate D.  Don touched on a couple who have been such dedicated Jets fans that whenever they came to the games, they would stop by Don and Greg Buttle booth and give them food.  But due to the unaffordable PSL’s for the couple, they will no longer be attending Jets games.  Don grew up in Hawthorne, NJ and has been a very avid Giants fan.  He would attend games with his father before getting into broadcasting.  Don recounted many fond memories both as a fan and behind the microphone.   I am sure the more memories you have, the more you will miss the stadium.

Being there yesterday let me know how I really miss going to the games with my father.  The Sunday morning ritual of roaming the halls in thermal underwear (long john’s) finding other layers for the cold games.  Driving from Parsippany to the stadium.  Driving in the traffic, getting to the game about an hour before kick off.  We never did any tailgating, just showed up to the games.  By the time we got to our seats, we would be talking about who would win and lose, and why.  My dad also brought along our binoculars & small transistor radio so we could get the play by play and other news.  Back before the digital age, we actually brought small radios to the game to listen to reports.  Those were the days when Marty Glickman was calling the action.   Mainly listened to the speaker, never used the ear bud.  I would always be at the souvenir stand deciding what pennant I wanted next.  I wanted to collect every team.  Never did get that San Diego Chargers one too.  If the game was not going the Jets way, dad would say let’s go even before the end of the game.  I rememebr a few two minute warnings watching the game from the top of the stairs, at another section.  Have a few other stories I would like to share.  I always seem to tear up when I think of those memories.  Guess they mean more to me than I thought.

Have to get a few other things done,  Will have more pictures and videos up soon.  For now, enjoy these and I will be back tomorrow.

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Yesterday’s Stadium Tour Afterthought

OK, I just feel the need to get this out.  After yesterday’s tour you can see that attending a professional sports event in this new day is truly catered to the corporate/high priced fan base.  The Coaches Club and Coaches Club prime areas are where the most expensive seats and PSL’s are.  Not just the access to field level watching behind the Jets bench, but the other amenities and dining opportunities seem to make the game going on a second reason to attend the game.  There is so much going on and so many decisions to make over carving stations, sushi, brick oven pizza, and other new choices.  The seats are plusher, the screns are larger, and so are the prices.  Corporate sponsors have their own booths and rooms just for their employees and guests.  For the casual fan you will have more food opportunities, but at the same level.  In this new era of sports, you have to pay if you want to play, even as a fan.

It is feeling more and more like the Roman Colosseum.  For those who have the money and can afford the best seats, you will be at the bottom on field level.  For those who are hurting in a down economy, unemployed, or just do not feel like giving the organization their hard earned money will be located at the top of the stadium.  Country Clubs have operated in a similar fashion. The more you pay for your membership, the better the benefits and surroundings.  In this day and age. there are no lengths these team owners will go to to attract the almighty dollar.  It is no longer about the average fan.  The average fan comes to the stadium to watch & enjoy the game and maybe have a beer and hot  dog.  The new fan is the one who looks at the stadium as a place to have dinner, go to a bar, maybe network for work or obtain business, and oh yeah, see a game that just so happens to be going on.  Guess which fan they REALLY want? Oh, the average fan does get something in their seats you do not get in the plush stadium seats……cup holders.

N.Y. Giants, Jets Must Defend Suit Over Stadium Seat Licenses

By David Voreacos    credit Bloomberg.com

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) — The New York Giants and Jets must defend a breach-of-contract claim by a fan forced to buy personal seat licenses to finance a new $1.6 billion stadium, a judge ruled in also throwing out three related claims.

U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan dismissed antitrust, consumer-fraud and unjust enrichment claims by Harold Oshinsky, while raising questions as to whether Oshinsky’s contract claim will survive. Oshinsky, a retired businessman, has held season tickets for both National Football League teams for 24 years.

Oshinsky claims it’s unfair to force fans to pay as much as $20,000 for the right to buy each Giants seat and up to $25,000 to buy each Jets seat. The teams play in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and are using the licenses to help pay for a nearby stadium that will open for the 2010 season.

“We’re trying to prove that the season ticket holders had a right to renew that was essentially taken away from them without any compensation,” Andrew Friedman, Oshinsky’s lawyer, said yesterday in an interview. “They’ve stopped allowing you to renew unless you buy a personal seat license.”

Sheridan said Oshinsky, who sued the teams in March, can pursue his contract claim through the pre-trial gathering of evidence. He said Oshinsky may depose three witnesses within 60 days and conduct other discovery to help build his case.

Mixed Bag

“The exact parameters” of Oshinsky’s “renewal rights (if any) will be defined, and only then can a determination be made as to whether those renewal rights have been breached” by imposing the licenses, Sheridan ruled Nov. 17 in Newark, New Jersey.

Pat Hanlon, a Giants spokesman, declined to comment. Jets spokesman Bruce Speight had no immediate comment on the ruling.

Oshinsky seeks to proceed as a group, or class-action, lawsuit. The ruling is “kind of a mixed bag,” said Friedman, of Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP in New York.

“I’m disappointed in the dismissal of the consumer and antitrust claims,” Friedman said. “I’m pleased that we’re allowed to go forward.”

In his 19-page opinion, Sheridan said Oshinsky claims he has two contracts with the teams: a right to buy tickets to all pre-season and regular season home games at an established location; and an implied “renewal right” to continue buying this bundle of tickets in perpetuity.

Renewal Rights

This alleged renewal right is the “central feature” in the dispute, according to the judge. The issue is “not whether renewal rights can exist at all, but whether they exist under the particular facts of this case,” wrote the judge.

By buying six contiguous Giants seats in Section 130 and four contiguous Jets seats in Section 131 for the past 24 years, Oshinsky “may possess a valuable implied right to renew his season tickets at both the existing stadium and the new stadium,” according to the opinion.

At this stage, it would be “inappropriate” to determine whether periodic disclaimers on Giants and Jets tickets has “waived or forfeited his renewal rights,” the judge wrote.

While the teams argue that the “express licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets trumps any renewal rights implied through the parties’ conduct,” Sheridan said he wouldn’t rule yet on that question.

“The licensing agreement on the back of individual tickets deals only with an individual game; it says nothing of the separate right to renew season tickets to all games,” Sheridan wrote. That agreement “may not bear up on long term renewal rights,” according to the judge.

Sordid History

Sheridan said he can’t yet rule on a breach of those rights, nor pass judgment on how the teams do business.

They “must ordinarily be permitted to increase ticket prices to keep pace with inflation, absorb the high cost of high salary talent or, as in this particular case, defray the costs of building a new stadium,” wrote the judge.

The judge, citing another legal opinion, said “it is common knowledge that professional sports franchisees have a sordid history of arrogant disdain for the consumers of this product.”

He also quoted another ruling, saying “whatever else might be said about professional football in the United States, it does seem to breed a hardy group of fans who do not fear litigation combat.”

The case is Oshinsky v. New York Football Giants Inc., 2:09-cv-01186, U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey (Newark).

To contact the reporter on this story: David Voreacos in Newark, New Jersey at dvoreacos@bloomberg.net.

Last Updated: November 21, 2009 00:01 EST

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NY Jets New Meadowlands Stadium Tour 11-21-2009

Today Anthony and I had the chance to get a tour of the new stadium currently under construction. As we walked inside we were brought up to the 50 Club in the old stadium to sign waivers so that the Jets or the construction company were not responsible if we hurt ourselves on site. They were offering up the construction hats we wore and other items for those who purchased PSL’s. We were all given Jets hard hats, Neon Orange mesh vests and protective glasses. We were given a personal tour just the four of us. We were held back frm the first group because of the video camera we brought. We could not take it in but still managed to get some great shots.

Anthony and I with our wives Gina & Kim. We were rushed through most of it because they had to keep the groups moving but there wasn’t much to see as of yet since the majority of the work is still not finished. The only thing really new to see was the turf they just laid down this week. They are going to have tours going into the spring. The corner video screens are F’N HUGE!!!!! It was a very surreal experience seeing the new stadium in the shadow of the old stadium. Another interesting view was the old stadium through the slots in the new stadium.

Football has come into the 21st Century. The venues now resemble country clubs inside some areas more than sports arenas. Carving stations, bars, restaurants, posh leather seating in some internal areas. The more you pay the more perks you get. The less you pay, then you are just an average fan to them. If you think I am wrong, let me know.

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