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The Monday Night Infomercial

So the Jets lost the first official NFL game in the New Meadowlands Stadium by a score of 31-16. Albeit it was a preseason game, but it was the game for New York bragging rights.  The New York Jets did show some promise.  Mark Sanchez was 13 for 17 with an interception & touchdown early in the first quarter.  LT and Shonn Greene ran the ball well and had both speed and yardage to get into the end zone.  Running behind rookie fullback  “The Terminator” John Connor helped create extra running yards as he opened up the lane and created many key blocks.  Al in all the Jets showed promise in their first preseason game.  They were able to show they can transfer what they learned in training camp into an actual game.  Now they can take a step forward and improve for their next outing.

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I believe the game took second chair to what was truly on the main stage tonight, the new Meadowlands Stadium.  Tonight’s Monday Night Football game was the first time a Jets and Giants preseason game was held on a Monday night.  Let alone any preseason game on a Monday night.  The team owners and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably talked months ago about how a Monday Night Football game would really show the new stadium in a way that could not be shown on a Friday night or Saturday.  Figuring having it on prime-time on ESPN would really make the place stand out to those who were on the fence about a PSL.  The camera shots not on the game and sideline made it feel more like an infomercial for the new stadium than a football game.

Coming back from commercial they showed the bars on the mezzanine and lower levels.  The Clubs around the Coaches Club area.  The Green rooms where certain PSL holders get their free food.  The Luxury suites with leather chairs and fireplaces.  Coaches Club VIP areas behind the teams bench.  I think the only thing they did not show was how spacious the bathroom stalls are.  To me it felt like an infomercial about the new stadium.  A way to showcase it to millions watching at home as if to say “don’t you wish you paid your money to be here?”  Even the commentators were going on about the new stadiums amenities.  Did everyone forget there was a game going on?  Of course they didn’t.  They want fans to spend time out and about away from their seats in the other areas of the stadium.  They already got their money for the PSLs and tickets, now it is time to spend it in other parts of the new stadium.

There will be those who will disagree with me and say how sports is a luxury.  Say how that is how it is these days and if you do not have the money then you can not experience the way a game was meant to be seen.  There are two sets of fans now.  Those who have and those who had.  The ones who had wish they could still be there, but do not want a PSL or sit so far up.  Those who have are excited, able to watch their team in a state of the art stadium.  But will it be worth the price in a few years?  Many view the PSL as stock and what will that stocks price be worth if the Jets become the Jets of old?  If the Jets do not win the Super Bowl or make the playoffs, how much will those PSLs be worth?  Now it seems like a great investment to many and many will hold onto them for life.  But to others, the not so die hard fans who have been there for years, how long will they want them?

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Many were very excited to be there tonight, win or lose.  Able to gawk at the new concession stands, bars, and other areas to shake your wallet at.  But in the end, everyone is there for the game.  To see two football teams play on the field.  If you are there to watch the game at one of the bars, VIP lounges, or any other screen away from your seat, what was the purpose in buying your seat?  Just to say you have season tickets?

I wish the New York Jets well this season.  I hope they can provide that elusive Super Bowl win they have wanted to give their fans for decades.  But unless they sign Darelle Revis, what will those odds be?  ESPN played one hell of an infomercial tonight.  Woody Johnson must be proud of his new county club.  I am sure the Jets and Giants sales representatives will be by their phones tomorrow hoping tonight’s prime time sales pitch did its job.

John Gambling & NY1 News Talk PSLs & Jets Documentary

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.

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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.

Daid Levy on The John Gambling Show 8/9/2010
NY1: Football’s New Address: Some Fans Not Sold On Season Ticket Rights