SBD/January 8, 2013/Franchises

Abundance Of NFL Jets PSLs Flood Secondary Ticket Market

Jets fans are selling PSLs online for "well below" what they originally paid
NFL Jets “fed-up season-ticket holders are desperately trying to unload their PSLs, setting up a potential mass exodus of Jets fans that could become an even bigger challenge for the team than finding a new general manager,” according to Rich Calder of the N.Y. POST. Secondary-market websites have been “flooded with thousands of ads by Jets fans offering PSLs at bargain-basement prices.” More than “1,100 Jets PSLs alone were listed for sale last week at, the world’s largest PSL broker.” Most were priced “well below what fans originally paid.” A growing number of fans  are considering "defaulting on remaining PSL payments and gambling that the media-obsessed Jets won’t take their season-ticket holders to court." A Jets spokesperson said the club wants to “work with fans” through various PSL “payment options” but declined to say whether it would take delinquent fans to court (N.Y. POST, 1/7).

SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS: In N.Y., Bob Raissman writes perhaps Jets execs “running the organization don’t realize how much of a celebrity their coach is,” and this is probably “common throughout the NFL.” The whole “stereotype of coaches locking themselves in their office for weeks at a time doesn't present the entire picture.” Coaches like Rex Ryan are “millionaire celebrities.” The coaches “get the most face time on NFL telecasts,” and this is “no small thing considering the amount of eyeballs trained on the NFL” (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/8). SportsNet N.Y.’s Brandon Tierney said he was not confident Jets Owner Woody Johnson would hire a good GM to replace Mike Tannenbaum because there is such a “circus” surrounding the team. Tierney: “Woody Johnson is a great businessman in terms of making money. ... I look at him as the point man for an abundance of mistakes that were made that led to the unnecessary decline of a team that was on the brink -- in theory -- of a championship” (“The Wheelhouse,” SportsNet N.Y., 1/7).
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