Ticket Sales Blues Now Plaguing Jets

October 8th, 2012

Those who hate TV blackouts of Bucs games worse than wart breakouts in gential areas might find this post especially interesting.

Mike Lombardi, of NFL Network, reported Friday that the New York Jets still had 12,000 tickets to sell for tonight’s Monday night clash at the Meadowlands against Houston.

The Jets denied the report without specifics, but regardless, the team is clearly not moving tickets. Before opening day, there were reports of the Jets struggling to sellout that game, even in a nearly new stadium and Tim Tebow in tow.

Joe finds this to be a good thing for Bucs fans, as it could get the NFL to make further adjustments to the blackout rule.

It still steams Joe that the Bucs broke the “85-percent rule” against the Redskins, but the game couldn’t be televised because the tickets were sold after the Thursday deadline for the Sunday game. What? The deadline can’t run until, say 60 minutes before kickoff? Surely the technology is in place to make that possible.

The Jets are an interesting story compared to the Bucs. Their MetLife stadium capacity has 17,000 more seats than Raymond James Stadium, and Jets cheap seats are more than double the price of Bucs cheap seats. 

Per BSPN, the Jets have the highest average non-premium ticket price in the league at $117.94. The Bucs checked in at 19th out of the 32-team league with an average price of $69.72.

Joe understands the blackout rule but believes it needs further tweaking and flexibility.

Oh, and by the way, reams of $30 tickets for the Bucs-Chiefs game Sunday are available now on TicketMaster.com.

23 Responses to “Ticket Sales Blues Now Plaguing Jets”

  1. Have A Nice Day Says:

    “The deadline can’t run until, say 60 minutes before kickoff? Surely the technology is in place to make that possible.”

    I’m pretty sure it has to do with advertising and money, not technology.

  2. Bucnjim Says:

    NY has more people making six figures than Clearwater Beach has grains of sand. Like many other large cities; people in NY have no patience though. It may not be the economy up there, but the age of technology is keeping fans from taking that painful drive or subway ride to their stadium. This is only the beginning of half full stadiums around the entire league. The NFL should realize that football is a true blue collar sport that charges white collar prices. These same fans are not hard core and will find something else to do if that team is not winning on a regular basis.

  3. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    I agree with you Joe about the sell out needing to be 3 days in advance. That, THAT is one dumb rule, I don’t care what excuse they have. It is just plain dumb and out dated.

  4. ron Says:

    the pic is great joe

  5. Illuminati Says:

    Wart breakouts in gential areas? I’m sure they have them in Jewish neighborhoods, too.

  6. bucobruce Says:

    Blackouts are a good way to have Buc fans jump of ship.I hate blackouts it makes me want to quit watching football all together.

  7. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    If they are in danger of losing fans who are as loyal as bucobruce, they better address the problem quickly.

    The NFL can easily disappear just like newspapers, major media news and buggy whips.

    Nobody except me in my immediate family would even notice.

  8. Trox Says:


    Tremedous picture, well played, sir!!!!!

  9. Keith Says:

    Rex Ryan loves them toes on the line …

  10. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Few people from NYC venture to that wasteland known as New Jersey to see Jets games; in fact, most of their fans are of the bridge & tunnel type. And no, it’s not the commute getting to the Meadowlands on a Monday night, but the Tuesday morning Mark Sanchez and alcohol hangover commute to work the very next day that hinders the sell of tickets to a MNF game.
    I have serious doubts Jets games are looking at blackouts in the near future, unless Chris Christie eats all the hot dogs in the tri-state area.

  11. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    I like the idea of giving more time, but an hour before gametime might be a little tight. Would be great though, since walkups would helpout.

    Even if they gave us till midnight Saturday night it would help.

    But let’s be honest…there isn’t a one of us that are going to boycott the NFL. The Bucs had seasons and seasons and seasons of blackouts (21 years straight?) and we’re still here.

    Frankly, I was surprised they bent on the 85% rule. I don’t see them bending more…unless it’s to give a little more time to sellout.

    I also don’t think they should be allowed to blackout NFL Ticket games, since people pay for the service in order to see their favorite games.

  12. Buc fan south Tampa Says:

    This is the most sparse Monday Night Football I have ever seen. Who is buying the tickets so hey don’t get blacked out. Does NFL give the team a bye if they don’t sell the them?

  13. 1976Buc Says:

    This is a business not unlike any business. It is supply vs demand but you have to have a quality product to even receive an invitation to bid.

  14. Ricky Bobby Says:

    Ticket sells will come with wins. If the team isn’t winning, “noone” wants to watch, no matter how close the games are.

  15. Mr Lucky Says:

    Watching the Jets tonight on MNF I’ll bet the Bucs could trade Benn to the Jets for a 3rd round pick. Benn would look like a star with the current WR’s the Jets have!

  16. Greg Says:

    How many more games will be played this season before we start hearing how Freeman and Sanchez were busts from their drafts? It’s probably a good bet that the Jets won’t be taking another QB from USC any time soon though.

  17. Patrick Says:

    Sanchez is 100x worse than Freeman………and I’ve been hard on Freeman the last few weeks.

  18. stimpy Says:

    I keep hearing/reading about the economy and how its affecting blackouts.

    The REAL problem is the team not winning. Winning cures ALL.

    We went from 80K waiting list to blackouts. Why? Because the team isnt doing as well. Once you start geting consistant wins year after year then the “fans” will show up again.

  19. Pete Dutcher Says:

    The blackouts started during a winning Gruden season. While “consistent” winning would certainly help ticket sales, the economy also plays a role.

    On the bright side, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the new unemployment numbers…and they are just below when Obama took office. So things ARE gradually getting better.

    Even construction and home sales are starting to heal.

  20. Callaway Says:

    Actually Pete, the blackouts started during the Rah era. Year two I believe 2010. No blackouts with Gruden

  21. Miguel El Magnifico Says:


    You believe government statistics in an election year? Over 100 million are unemployed, out of a 220 million work force. Over 40% unemployed, almost twice as bad as the Great Depression.

    Karlos Pena’s agent just released his true* batting average is .360* counting walks and fly ball outs as base hits.

    Amerikans are paying over $4 a gallon for gasoline that costs 10 cents in a free country like Venezuela. Imagine how robust the economy would be if you could fill your gas tank for $2.40.

    Vote for Obamney for more of the same.

  22. Mike J Says:

    Interesting as Pro Football Talk recently reported that the popularity of the NFL is at an all-time high,with 59% of poll respondents saying that they follow the sport. Apparently a lot of folks like to enjoy the games at a distance.

  23. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:


    The blackouts started toward the end of Gruden’s time here. The dip in ticket sales was the reason Gruden was fired.

    Miguel El Magnifico,

    I’m sorry but your opinion does not matter.