What a couple days so far this week. I was on The John Gamblng Show on 710 AM WWOR radio this past Monday morning. Then today on NY 1 News for a story they are doing on the New York Jets and New Meadowlands Stadium. Seems the closer it gets to the start of the 2010 season, there is more talk about the PSLs being sold. Some seem to think they will all be sold while many others feel they will still have empty seats. As long as there are no blackouts, I do not think either team cares. Sure they would like a complete sell out, but making sure the revenue is there from advertising is important as well. The most expensive Coaches Club seats will not be sold by the home opener. May be hard to tell on TV, but the gray color of the seats were designed as such to look like someone is sitting there even if empty.
Monday morning I was on the John Gambling Show on WWOR 710 AM. I was on his show preciously last year to talk about the documentary. John had talked about the PSLs last week as he gave up his New York Giants season tickets after 30 years. Even those with the income to afford them feel it is a bad investment. I spoke with John’s producer Mike Figeola about coming back on and he thought it was a good idea. On Monday, we discussed the PSLs, Darelle Revis’ holdout, Levy’s Bakery Productions, and other small talk. John introduced me as a sports writer and filmmaker. Even after filming this documentary for two years and writing about sports for one year it did not hit me until that point. It felt good inside to hear others recognize me for the work I have been doing and will continue to do. I can only hope it leads to some employment in the field.
Last Wednesday I was interviewed by Jon Weinstein of NY1 News in New York City. He was putting a story together on the New Meadowlands Stadium and PSLs before the season begins. We talked about the PSLs, the new stadium, my documentary, and other subjects that revolved around myself and the Jets. But like most media stories go, most of it ended up on the cutting room floor. It was a two minute piece and only 15 seconds of my interview were used. Jon also interviewed Anthony Quintano of Quintano Media because he was also a Jets season ticket holder and is assisting me with the documentary. His footage was not even used.
The story was put up yesterday on the NY1 website. Jon’s piece was part three of a three part series on the new stadium. Three reporters were responsible for each piece. Guess Jon was extremely limited. I even gave him some footage from the documentary to use. Even footage of myself and Woody Johnson. But hey, that is the press. They take tons of footage only to use precious seconds. I am just thankful I was a part of the piece. At least when I was on John Gambling’s show, he mentioned my website and we discussed the history behind the Levy’s Bakery name. I could not even get a mention of it in the NY1 news piece.
I have been trying to gt in touch with some Jets fans I have interviewed in the past. I leave voice mails and message but they go unanswered. I know there are some who were happy to be a part of it before investing in the PSL. But now that they have them, they have a different attitude. They can not bash the PSL or the team now that they have it. Some will continue to talk with me, even after their purchase. The die hard fans knew in their hearts they had to be there and no on their couch. Some like Sal and Carmine do not talk to me as much because they bashed the PSLs then got them. They knew they could not take back what they said, only prevent themselves from saying anything further. Below are links to both interviews.