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Meadowlands Stadium: I Kept On Knocking & They Let Me In

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Yesterday was the day the New York Jets had their mini camp inside the new Meadowlands Stadium.  I had gotten my tickets last week after seeing Erik Manassy posted they were free through Ticket Master.  My friend Anthony Quintano was supposed to go but business meetings come first.  By the time I arrived around 10:30 AM the parking lot was filled as if today was the season opener.  So many people must have taken off from work just to see the Jets practice for two hours and get to be inside the new stadium.  Was packed with fans, more than the Giants had yesterday.

ES{N1050 had a booth and football throwing game there. You won an ESPN T shirt if you answering a Jets trivia question correctly. They had the kids inflatable play areas they usually have at all Jets events. Seemed some were also tailgating before going in.  Was a great day for it too.  Not too sunny and not too warm.

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As many know, I have been told i could no longer take pictures of the old stadium.  The Skanska supervisor said there were too many pictures on the internet.  I am sure the past few days were beyond their control and I do not think they said anything to anyone.  Especially not with the masses that showed up.  So I blended right in and took over 320 pictures today of the new stadium, old stadium, and practice.  Not like they could pick me out of the crowd.  Was an easy day to get the shots I needed from the inside of the new stadium.  I walked around and found some great areas to get some great overview shots.  No one said anything, what could they say?  The old stadium should be completely down in less than 2 weeks.  Then there is just the clean up of what has fallen.

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Everyone wanted to get the best seats along the 50 yard line.  There is even a big 50 right outside one entrance to let people know exactly where the 50 yard line is.  You can tell it is there for those who paid for the most expensive PSL’s.  I guarantee they will be able to park right across from it too.  So they can get in, get out, no F’n about.  They practiced from 11:30-1:30.  Seemed more like a PR session with sales reps all over the place.  They had tables outside the stadium inside the stadium, sales reps up and down the aisles, almost anywhere you walked. Now your standard PSL sales reps were in collared shirts, easy to spot.  The ones selling the luxury suites were in suits and ties.  I was walking next to a sales rep and someone looking into the luxury suites.  The luxury suite rep told the guy they would get the treatment Woody Johnson would get.  Must have to spend a lot of money to get that kind of treatment.

Outside the stadium and inside had sales reps scattered all over the place.  Standing by their table to answer questions and some even walking up and down the aisles.  I was sitting in one of the lower corner sections listening to one sales reps pitch.  He was giving prices and figures out left and right.  Talking about financing the PSLs, when ticket money is due, and everything else one would need to know about buying a PSL.  He even talked about getting tickets to other events.  Say for Bruce Springsteen.  You would be on a pre sale listbut not guaranteed to sit in your own seat.  Just the opportunity to get seats before going on sale to the general public.  The team only gets allotted a certain amount.  American Express card members also get the same option so holding a PSL for other events is not really a perk.

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This sales rep was doing what is known as the “hard sell”.  Trying to convince the buyer of everything they need to know, even saying you could finance the seats for less than a dollar a day.  Any objection the buyer had the sales rep had an answer for.  Even saying that although he works fo the Jets, he has purchased two PSLs.  Now I was in sales before.  I have said things that were not true just to get the sale.  How does the buyer know for sure this sales rep actually bought the PSLs or is saying it to help close the sale?  Once he and I started talking he was giving me the price points.  I told him do not even try to sell me.  It would not work.  You can not sell to a better salesman.  Once I explained my situation and he knew there was no sales opportunity, he walked away.  My friend Brian, who is a Jets sales rep, said he does not do the hard sell.  he only offers up the information and lets the buyer make their own decision.  He is just there to answer their questions and make the buying process easier.

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There was a moment where a female fan had fallen down the stairs. She had some bruises and cuts on her knees. They got her a chair and stadium personnel came over in about five minutes. An EMT came over and cleaned the woulds. It was good to see them react to a situation like this now rather than into the season. I am sure they have done tests and drills. But there is nothing like a real experience.

Sometimes you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.  Lowering the prices may have brought some fans back.  Many still have a bad taste in their mouth and are done, they will not continue on as a season ticket holder.  Myself and a few others know that even though PSL prices were reduced, they have to make that money back somehow.  You will see ticket prices g up over the next few years, parking prices, and whatever else they can do to make back that lost income.  Plus, by financing your PSL you are giving the team more money that one should.  It is better to pay in full that take the 5 or 15 year payment plans.  Do you want to pay more for your PSL than you really have to?  By financing it you will.

I am not out to see the Jets fail here, do not get me wrong.  I just want the organization to realize they should not paint their fans into a corner.  They have seen what they are capable of doing, not submitting to ultimatums.  The fans spoke in masses about the high prices and the Jets had no choice but to lower those prices.  When the fan base bands together than can be stronger than the organization.  They underestimated the market.  The Jets thought they were going to dictate what the market value was.  But the fans told them what the market value should be.  I hope they do sell them so no fans are forced to sit home and suffer though blackouts.  Even I would be pissed at that.  But they should never underestimate their fans again.  Even the ones who do not have the deep pockets.

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Super Bowl in New Stadium, No Pictures of Old Stadium

Well, looks like the New York/New jersey area has finally nailed down the Super Bowl. I know I should be more excited than I am but I am not. I saw many Jets and Giants fans are ecstatic. It is great for the local economy to have an event of that magnitude in the NY/NJ tri-state area. It will help local businesses, restaurants, hotels, and give a boost to the local economy. But unless the Jets or Giants are the ones playing in the 2014 Super Bowl, then fans can only be happy they have the biggest game being played in New Jersey. If the Jets or Giants make it to the big game, then there will be a true reason to celebrate.

Plus will the Pro Bowl still be in the same city or will it be moved back to Hawaii? This is also one other thing to consider. Fans in the area can definitely take part in the Super Bowl week festivities and events that will be going on, that is a huge plus. But how many will actually attend the game? The ticket breakdown is split in so many ways. The Jets and Giants will get limited seats to pass around. Season ticket holders will be fighting over the seats in a lottery. Depending on how many are left after the host teams distribute them amongst sponsors, family, friends, and employees. So much can happen between now and 2014.

The Jets still have several thousand PSLs left to sell. I do not feel having the Super Bowl will change a lot of peoples minds about purchasing a PSL. If people did not have the money before they will not have it now. Maybe for some on the fence it will be the deciding factor. But thee will not be any big rush on it. I already spoke with some who will still not purchase a PSL. It will certainly help get a name on the stadium though. Any company would love to have their name on the stadium that plays host to the Super Bowl. With all the revenue the Super Bowl, naming rights, and other deals being made I am sure they will make enough to pay for the stadium. So the money being made from the PSLs will be total profit. Is that still fair to the fans?

I did not want this to be a rant on the Super Bowl coming to the area. Just wanted to play devil’s advocate and bring up both sides, good and bad. Between now and 2014 everyone will be posting articles, opinions, and facts about the dealings & events leading up to it. Is this a bigger story than BP in the Gulf? I guess to some they care more about seeing their team in a Super Bowl 4 years from now rather than seeing life survive in the Gulf of Mexico right now. But that is a story for another article.

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I do have my own concerns right now that revolve around the old stadium. Seems they do not want fans to come down to the old stadium and take any more pictures. This all started with me last week May 20th. I have touched on this on my own website as well. I was told by a Skanska supervisor that no more pictures are to be taken of the old stadium. He informed me that “there were too many pictures on the internet. If I was caught taking pictures I would be told to leave.” This puzzled me. Too many pictures on the internet? Once again, they exhibit control on what the public or fans can and can not do.

I thought i would go back to the stadium at the end of the day, thinking no one would really be there. The minute I got out of my car I was approached by a Skanska employee in his car. Staying out of sight until they saw me. he told me, according to his supervisor, no more pictures are to be taken of the old stadium. So before I leave the premises I see if I can snap a few on the other side by Gate D. The skanska supervisor approaches my car in his ATV and takes his own pictures of my car and license plate. He then says “We warned you a few times so I hope it was worth it” and drives off.

In the beginning I guess it was fine to have pictures out there for everyone to see. But now, it is no longer OK. I guess if there are too many pictures roaming around for free they will not be able to sell their own and make another buck off the football fans. One of the workers informed me there are a few cameras that are constantly on the old stadium. Plus, if you watch any news broadcast or footage now, they focus on the new stadium and never even pan to the old one. They want to sell the seats, goal posts, and anything they can to make a profit off the old stadium. They are even taking chainsaws to the remaining seats so no one can take them or sell them.

Just once I would like to see the fans who have supported these teams given just one free pass. Is it wrong people want to take pictures for themselves or is it taking away that much revenue? I do not think too many pictures on the internet will stop them from making the money they want to make off their own memorabilia. Do they even know how many fans have already taken seat backs at the last game that was there? Probably not. For once just be honest and not hide behind the typical corporate rhetoric. The more you drive your fans away with the little things, the less likely you will be to sell PSLs.

I usually like to tell everyone how the documentary is going or what has already transpired. But when the organization keep taking a step forward then two steps back, I have to say something. I am also covering the New jersey Revolution indoor football team. There are alternatives to the high cost NFL out there, you just have to find them. It may not be s high profile, but the action and intensity is still there. I still have hope for the Jets. Only time will tell if they do the right thing.

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Fans Not Allowed to Take Pictures of Giants Stadium

I was hoping to come on here finally and have some good news only. But, that is not going to happen tonight. Everything started over a week ago. I have gotten friendly with a certain group of workers over at Giants Stadium. Not going to say who as these guys have done me some wonderful favors. Not going to get them in trouble or lose work. They said to come back last week during a nice day. So I went back the day of the demolition, Wednesday May 19th. Little did I know what that day and the next two days had in store for me. Not to mention the rest of the Jets and Giants fans who take pictures.

I gt to the stadium in the early afternoon on Wednesday. I meet up with one of the workers who had some safety gear and a vest around. I put it on and was brought onto a section of the work area. From the view I had, I had a perfect shot into many areas one can not see from the parking lot. Even in the tunnel that goes under the stadium there is still a huge Jets helmet on the wall. Seats over-piled and hanging on for life. They are cutting them with chainsaws so they can not be sold or taken by anyone. Was able to snap some shots of Section 226, my old section. That was pretty much what I wanted. A final shot of what my seat looked like, even if it was not there.

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I thought my day had ended. Around 4 PM I get a call from one of the workers. He tells me they are bringing down the Press Box at 8 PM. I get a second call from another worker around 7 PM. I head over with an associate around 7:15. I park close and was approached by some security. I was asked if I had credentials. I said I was freelance and I was asked to move by the Timex building. I looked at them like they were nuts. No way I was moving that far back. They said they had to keep bystanders at a safe distance. Those with credentials like Channel 4, 7, FOX, News 12 all had close positions. NBC was running late. They drove over a median and sped though the parking lot to get into position. Credentials are the free pass.

I ended up just driving to the back of the lot by the old Gate D. Other bystanders were by us. Many others were able to park close. They either did not get approached or were friends and family of crew. Even at this little function there was a separation of fans. I understand insurance issues since I was in insurance. The safety distance should have been in effect for all the people who did not have credentials, even if they were friends of people who worked there. Not sure about the story on that one. I managed to get some good video footage which you have seen already on this site. I waited for everyone to leave then approached the fallen box to get pictures. Asked once again for credentials and asked to leave. I made it a plan to go back early the next day.

I get there early Friday morning, around 9:30. I get some nice shots of what is left of the fallen press box. I finish off in the area by the old Gate B, next to the new stadium. I am approached by a construction foreman in a ATV. He tells me I can not do that. By that he means take pictures of the old stadium. Apparently, they do not want people coming and taking pictures of the old stadium coming down. Said the organizations feel there are too many pictures on the internet. Mentioned that if I was caught taking pictures or someone saw me I would be asked to leave immediately. I found this puzzling, then I left. Too many pictures on the internet? Once again, here comes control over what fans can and can not do.

They may have thought there would not be much of it out there. But now that there are pictures everywhere they want to halt fans from taking anymore pictures. Do they want to put a collection of it together for a DVD or book so they can make a buck off the fans once again? If there is too much on the internet, it makes that impossible. It is just a thought, but a good one. I decide to press my luck and I went back on Friday morning. I manage to snap a few quick shots. I tell two other fans who were there taking pictures as well what happened to me yesterday. They go their way and I headed for my car. The same foremen on the ATV sees me once again. I thought I would be in and out and not see him. He drives past me and then drives back around as I am in my car. Guess he did not see the other fans, just me because he warned me already. I headed off after seeing this.

They can not be there 24 hours a day. Was over there today and not much has changed since Thursday. The fans have a right to see it come down and take their pictures. If they do plan to put out a book or DVD and try to make fans pay for something they could have taken with their own cameras for free, shame on them. When will it be enough and just once give back to the fans and not charge them. Is the word “free” not allowed in big business? Or just like another four letter work that begins with F and should be kept silent?

It was not my intention to keep coming back and speak like this about a team I have loved since I was born. But the current management just keeps digging themselves deeper. I do not have to paint the New York Jets in a bad light regarding my documentary. They make their own press. I am just going to report truth and not cover anything up. I do not have to lie about anything. People read the press and are angry with them already. They really need some good damage control. I want them to win a Super Bowl. Just make sure you thank the fans first, even the ones who did not buy a PSL.

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Meadowlands Stadium Is Woody Johnson’s Country Club

It seems the closer it gets to the 2010 season the more the Jets do to lose their trusted fan base.  I am reading articles on NJ.com, Newsday, The Jets Report, ESPNNewYork.com, and so many other websites.  Woody Johnson promises all PSLs will be sold by the home opener.  Fans outraged by not just parking prices, but a hierarchy in parking as well.  Ben Gray, a 20-year season ticket holder of the team, reached his breaking point this week when he learned that the hierarchy in PSL class will be busting up his tailgate party.

As Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger explains it, “Gray and his friends have been tailgating in lot 13-B for years.  Just like The Jets Pack, Sal & Carmine, Frank Conway, & others do in other sections around the stadium.  And as anyone who regularly attends NFL or college football games knows, the tailgating can even become bigger than the game itself, with carefully crafted menus and a unique brand of human bonding.  But because some of Gray’s friends didn’t buy PSLs, they can’t park in lot 13-B, which is reserved for those who paid for the right to pay for their tickets.

“We just feel like we’ve been taken to the woodshed again and again,” Gray said. “Going to a football game should be something you enjoy, but these guys just see dollars.”

But for Gray, his upgraded experience includes breaking up the group with which he had spent years tailgating.  And it’s possible that Gray has had enough.

“This was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Gray said. “I keep wondering, ‘How are they going to get us next?'”

Muke Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBCSports.com reports:

“Though the Jets have a plausible explanation, fans who have a Rain Man-style obsession with their game-day routines don’t care about “plausible.”  They want things to stay the way they were.

“For those people who committed to the PSLs and the luxury suites, we want to do whatever we can to provide a much better experience,” Jets executive vice president for stadium development Thad Sheely told Politi.  “I don’t see it as a restriction,” Sheely said. “I see it as an upgraded experience for people who have paid for an upgraded experience.”

They consider it an upgraded experience.  Many consider it robbery.  I would love to know if any of the New York Jets employees personal family or friends have thought about opting into the PSLs.  Did the Jets employees try to use the corporate rhetoric on them to get them to purchase them or were they sympathetic if there were cost issues?  If they talked their family or friends into it then they should be ashamed to even be a business.  Thad Sheely is a paid employee of the Jets so of course he would defend the PSLs and those who bought them.  Get him alone away from the press and see if he changes his answer, as long as none of the Jets Management is around.

I know the Jets want everyone to think the more you pay, the more benefits you get.  But when does the New York jets Country Club stop basing membership on how much money someone should spend?  Do they only want those who will spend or those or just want tow atch a football game then leave?  They can not have it both ways.  They have turned off so many fans and have attracted so much bad press how much damage control can they do?  If prices keep going up and get too costly, who will afford to keep going?  Do they really expect their long time blue collar fan base or families to keep going to their games?  This season, take a good look at who will be sitting in those PSL seats.  You will see a younger crowd, less families, and those who made out on Wall Street while others lost their jobs or house.  The Jets do not care about those fans, just the paying ones.  They know even those at home will still buy merchandise.

The New York Jets are a private company and do not have to tell anyone how many PSLs are left.  All they want to do is sell every one, have sold one games, and make a profit every time.  That is it.  They can say they are sympathetic to the fans and want to give those who paid an upgraded experience.  Look at the NFL Draft Day party they had there.  If that is any indication of how they treat their loyal paying fans then the PSL holders are the only ones they care about.  The non PSL holders to them are basic peasants.  Charging $9 beers while Giants PSL and non PSL holders get everything for free.  It shows the New York Jets do not care about the non PSL paying fans, only their checkbook.  I am sure if they wanted to upgrade to a PSL seat then they would care.

I know I am ranting here but it gets me angry to see loyal fans for so many years get shafted only because they do not want to pay for a PSL.  It is like gambling at a casino.  The casino takes care of their high rollers while everyone else gets a free drink while they play.  But if the average Joe spends more and made more from them, then he gets taken care of.  They only care about the dollar coming in and keeping you there to spend hat you have.  Just like the new Meadowlands Stadium.  The Jets organization have better spin doctors working for them than the government.  They will try to make any bad situation into a good one just to sell seats.  But the fans know better.

I have had some in the Jets organization ask me to change the title of my documentary, “Gang Greed”.  They think I will paint them in a bad light.  I do not have to do any of that.  They create their own press and how much of it has been good for the Jets?  Not much.  Even Fireman Ed quoted that term when talking about the Jets organization.  They write their own story.  If they wanted to be seen is a positive light then they are the ones who need to change their image.  Change it with the fans and understand they are the ones who support them, not sponsors or celebrities.  The gang is greedy and how much is enough?  Only time will tell.

I hope Woody Johnson is proud of what he did to a loyal fan base who stood by the team for over 45 years.  At least Leon Hess had Hess oil as an advertiser and supported the fans.  I never saw a Johnson & Johnson ad or sponsorship for the Jets.  Maybe he should come out of his box once in a while and sit where they loyal fans are to really get to know what the fans want.   Not just walk around the parking lot during tailgating for a photo op to show fans that “he cares”.  Even in Rich Cimini’s interview he skirted around the PSL issue.  He knows they are in trouble and does not want to admit it.  Not a good poker face Woody.

I think that is enough for tonight.  The more that comes out the more I will have to say about this issue.  I am glad more fans are coming out and talking about their issues with the Jets.  We will not go quietly into the night.  More fans need to speak up about this.  Show you have a voice that will not be silenced.  The Jets will say the PSLs were a great idea, fans are on board, the economy is not affecting the sales(which they later detracted), and whatever it takes to get them sold.  I will finish with this.  In September of 2008, Woody Johnson was quoted by News 12 New jersey that if the Jets charged more for the PSLs, the fans would pay it.  I hope he likes how his foot tastes.  Here is what remains of the Jets former home.

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Giants Stadium Demolition: Inside & Above The Destructoion

Made it over to Giants Stadium everyday so far since Sunday.  Things are really happening fast over there.  Complete sections coming down in a few days rather than a week.  Now that they have the area cleared around the new stadium the destruction is moving along.  A complete section with the NJ Lottery, Budweiser, and Verizon ads came down that included the large  video screen.  When I went yesterday in the fog and rain it looked like a war zone.  What I mean is, in that bad weather it looks worse than it does.  Feel even worse for the workers out there in that mess.  Hope the pay is worth it to those who have to work in those elements.

Today though was a much better day.  Sun shining, comfortable out, and getting a birds eye view above the destruction zone.  I start off in my usual place by Gate A and D.  I head over to the other side when everyone was taking their lunch.  I park, over to the area where you can see in inside and start to snap some shots.  I then hear a voice behind me say “I am about to make your day”.  I spin around not knowing who was behind me or what was going to happen.  My mind was thinking 100 situations at once.  Next thing i know one of the construction workers hands me a hard hat, harness, and takes me up in one of the crane lifts.

I do not want to give away his name.  Not looking to put someone’s job in jeopardy.  It was a great opportunity to be there at the right moment like that.  This worker, let’s call him Brian, was gracious enough to get me in position to get some of the best pictures I have taken there.  The ones that show the inside bowl, the former playing surface.  I did not take any tours there or attend any events so far where one could easily take pictures from the new stadium.  This really was my only opportunity.  If an opportunity is presented, do not hesitate.  The minute you think about it too long is the minute you can lose that opportunity.

Read reports today the Jets still have about 10,000 PSL’s left to sell.  Woody Johnson will not confirm that number but others rumor it to be there.  First time Jets home games could be blacked out since 1977.  O a, sure Woody can go into his collection of phone numbers and call some friends.  I mean, it is Woody’s Clubhouse.  I read a fan’s account of the Jets Draft Day party and was surprised by the Jets attitude towards their fans.  He has no right to force fans to buy PSL’s and threaten blackouts of games.  You are the one who put the fans into this mess and you should be the one to get them out.  Better yet, dig into your own pockets to cover the fans.  I am sure you can do it several times over.

Do the Jets hate their fans more than any other team? It is seeming like that.  I really hate to say it.  We are Jets fans but they make it hard for us to cheer them.  I always say I root for the team, not always the organization that owns them.  Tough to do these days.  The PSL situation should be investigated. For now I look at the remains of an era, gone but not forgotten.  An era where the focus was on the field, the players, the game.  Not the new Country Club, VIP’s, the owner, & the mistreating of it’s fans.  The team was followed first and foremost by the blue collar worker.  The only blue collars affording the best seats are worn under suit jackets and ties.

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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 Have Trouble Selling NON PSL Seats

Thought this would be an interesting piece of information for everyone. Being a season ticket holder for the New York Jets, they contact you first for the seats in the new stadium. I get a call yesterday from the Jets organization ticket representative Ryan again asking if I would be interested in a PSL. I am then told was my turn in seniority for the NON PSL seats as they were still available. Yes, the New York Jets still need to sell both PSL and non PSL seats. Amazing isn’t it?
Even with no PSL’s in the upper bowl of the new stadium they can not sell those seats. Woody Johnson keeps saying he sees a turn in the economy very soon. Unfortunately, not soon enough for some fans. Woody has also said in some media outlets that with time to go until the opening of the new stadium, he feels all seats will be sold. We will see if that will hold to be true.
Other season ticket holders have gotten 2-3 calls as well ovr the past few months. I find it amazing that the Jets are advertising for 2009 season ticket packages for the first time I can remember and they want people to think that PSL sales are going well. Not great, but well. Just once I would like some truth from a private company. It would show some integrity.

Week In Review

Good morning one and all.  Glad some of you decided to come back and check things out.  Thank you.  The past week has been a crazy one on so many fronts.  I heard back from the New York Jets, saw Dorney Park for the first time in well over 15 years, and Gina and I went to the mecca of hunting and fishing that is Cabela’s.  Plus not to mention my own thoughts and outlook on things that are going on.  Just glad Brett favre has given up on coming back.  If Brett really needs that much attention, I am sure some TV station could use a former QB as a football analyst..

OK, let us begin with Bruce Speight and the New York Jets. I am home from work last Friday and Gina and I are cooking on the grill.  I get a call about 6:30 from Bruce saying that have no issue with me filming at the Meadowlands at no cost.  That is right, they have ZERO issues with me filming at Giants Stadoum and not having to pay fees to the NJSEA.  I know the NJSEA is out to make a profit, they are a profit business.  But I am NOT out to hurt the NY Jets like they think.  I am a storyteller looking to tel the stories of NT Jets fans.

I am also going to report on the truths that have been in the press the past year about the NY Jets.  I am not going to turn any information around or take peoples information and put it into a light that will make the Jets look bad though the power of editing like many do.  People can find a lot of the information I have on their own, the truth has been out there a while on everything.  From waiting until the NY Giants announce their PSL rates all the way up until the Jets calling season ticket holders 2-3 times to try and sell their PSL’s.  All I do is sit back and the powers that be write my material for me.  I am just the one filming it all and reporting it.  I am not CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, ESPN, MSNBC, etc.  I do not have to air only 45 seconds of a 45 minute minute interview.  I can report it all.

OK, I will be coming back to the NY Jets and the rest soon.  On Sunday, Gina and I went to Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom for 2 days.  Was a nice ride out.  But first we went to Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA.    The largest mail-order, retail and Internet outdoor outfitter in the world.  I will have some footage up this weekend.  Gina and I decided to go after seeing the place on the Travel Channel.  When you see this place from Rte 78, you have no clue what it can be.  The place is HUGE.  Huge may not be the right word for a store that is 250,000 sq ft in size.  From live bait & an aquarium to beef jerky & a militia arsenal they have it all for anything outdoors.  In the middle of the store they have a mountain that has a different face on every side.  One side had ice and polar bears, one had deer and bears, and there were 2-3 other sides.  A bunch of different animals stuffed all over the place in many different scenes.  The food there was great too.  Yes it is a roadside stop oof sorts and you can eat there as well.  We enjoyed a lunch of homemade fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green beans, salad, and biscuits. Go to  www.cabelas.com for more information.  Leave comments if you like what you se.

On Monday we ent to Dorney Park and walked around Wildwater Kingdom.  A big bonus was having a Dunkin Donuts right across the street from our HoJo.  When I say across the street, I MEAN across the street.  We could open our curtain and see the front door staring us in the face.  How can we not enjoy their coffee and latte’s on a daily and nightly basis.  Now, I remember Dorney as a place that had some great roller coasters.  They were supposed to have some great wooden ones, but didn’t.  They had the Talon, Hydra, Possessed, & Steel Force.  I am not talking about the Thunderhawk because it was not in the same category of roller coasters as the others.  Hydra and Talon are their “big ones” designed to give you that big league roller coaster rush.  I did not get that feeling.  I thought they were good, but not great.  Possessed was like a boomerang and only thought the initial take off was the best part.  Steel Force was the best one, built with steel but the feel of an old wooden coaster.  The best of the lot.  Talon and Hydra may have loops, twists, and you hang beneath the track but Steel Force had the dips and speed for a true coaster enthusiast .

I went on very few rides like Enterprise and a a sky shooter ride but that was it.  We walked around the park most of the time.  Just felt Dorney Park is more for kids and teens than it is for adults.  Over the years I think it has moved from adult tastes.  Cedar Point is hurting and they need to find a way to get adults interested again.  The highlight was lunch at their Game Time Sports bar restaurant.  Was enjoying lunch in air conditioning and enjoying SportsCenter too.  How can you beat that?  Could of had a beer but not for the price of a 6 pack.  Did not do Waldater Kingdom as their were hundreds of day camp kids there and they made lines hard for some rides.  We got on every coaster we wanted to before noon.  Dorney Park opened at 10 AM and we were right down the street from the poark, big bonus.  I would go back to Dorney with kids so it is a more enjoyable experience.  If I want to go to a park for adult riders, I will go to Hersheypark or Great Adventure for the close parks.

I will give Dorney Park their due though as they have a very clean park.  It was kept very neat and clean.  It was a pleasure being in a park that toook care of itself.  Some good shops to walk in too.  They have Snoopy Country for the little ones which was fun to walk around.  DO not get me wrong, I am not saying Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom is a bad amusement park, just not for adult park enthusiasts.  So now Gina and I are home and getting ready for a few days along the beach on Long Beach Island.  Not going to have internet so a bunch of updates to come this weekend.  Can follow my updates on Twitter as that will be my only chance to get info out to all.

Well, time to get a move on.  Gina is waiting for me to get my ass in gear and finish what we need to do. Will have more on the above topics this weekend.  Time to start part two of this vacation.  Hope it does not rain down the shore as much as it has been the past week.  That will put a true damper on the rest of the week.  But I am remainging positive.  Later al.