Skip to content

The Jets sell out opener, avoid blackout

This is not a post we expected to write.

We know the Jets weren’t really in danger of a blackout — owner Woody Johnson would have bought any remaining tickets if he needed to.  But it’s truly remarkable that this was even a question, four days before the opening of the most hyped Jets team in more than a decade.

ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports the team’s first game is officially a sellout, as of Thursday afternoon.  There are still club seats available.  There were roughly 1,500 non-premium seats available as of 10 days ago.

The Jets and Giants didn’t learn from the mistakes of the Mets and Yankees moving into their new stadiums.  All four teams managed to out-price New Yorkers, a subset of people that have accepted being gouged on a daily basis.  (Thanks for that $6 box of Shredded Mini Wheats, CVS!)

The team’s PSL prices were outrageous, and the single game tickets are more ridiculous.  Giants season tickets used to be passed down for generations; there was a 140,000 person waiting list to get them.  That list has evaporated, and the Giants are now advertising single game tickets on television for the first time in memory. 

The Jets have struggled to sell their tickets more than the Giants.  It will be interesting to see if we see swatches of empty seats as the weather gets colder.    Just imagine if one of the teams –gasp — falls out of playoff contention.

Permalink 36 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Home, New York Giants, New York Jets, Rumor Mill, Sprint Football Live - Rumors
36 Responses to “The Jets sell out opener, avoid blackout”
  1. Common Sense says: Sep 9, 2010 4:15 PM

    I give them until week 5 then nothing but blackouts, this team will not be good! Mark it!

  2. donnyp says: Sep 9, 2010 4:23 PM

    The Bills sold out

  3. donnyp says: Sep 9, 2010 4:23 PM

    …and we didn’t need a post on PFT to let everyone know you can watch it locally. We are just that loyal.

  4. robert ethen says: Sep 9, 2010 4:25 PM

    Now that the Sonic Boom bunch have avoided blackout, they can work on avoiding wipeout.

  5. BBB82 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:26 PM

    Pretty sad when NYC has so much trouble selling out their games…

  6. ozu says: Sep 9, 2010 4:34 PM

    Bills tickets are like $25. Jets/Giants are $120+.
    I would hope they sold out first.

  7. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 9, 2010 4:36 PM

    “ESPN’s Rich Cimini reports the team’s first game is officially a sellout, as of Thursday afternoon. There are still club seats available.”
    How does this work? If they’re sold out, how are there seats available?
    Most of this has to do with the damn economy. LOWER YOUR PRICES, NFL TEAMS!

  8. BCfromHell says: Sep 9, 2010 4:38 PM

    It’s a simple matter of supply and demand. Both teams have the supply of available tickets, but there’s no demand at the ridiculous face-value prices. The NFL just doesn’t get it…, and because of that…, less fans are able to go to the games.
    The economy has been bad.., is currently bad and is going to continue to be bad for awhile.., so a whole generation of kids growing up, will know the NFL from watching games on TV. With the luxuries of the home viewing experience.., who pays the price in the end? The NFL does…, and with the looming CBA lockout.., it’s safe to say that the NFL has peaked.., and just like the housing market.., the bubble will burst soon enough.

  9. Mac-01 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:43 PM

    The Jets suck. Sanchez is over rated. 12 TDs and 20 INTs last year? Give me a break.

  10. paranoidandroid says: Sep 9, 2010 4:46 PM

    if its anything like the deathstar in dallas then the price of admission is pretty steep. somehow the owners just don’t get it. we can’t afford to shell out tons of money to see a 2 1/2 hour event and feel good about it. they won’t be gettin my money anytime soon.
    btw, why is that baseball, basketball & hockey never seem to have this issue? oh yeah, thats right because they don’t have a stupid blackout rule like the damn nfl.
    its all so GD ridiculous. i can’t wait for the work stoppage. the owners can kiss my ass

  11. Bengals1622 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:47 PM

    Hmmm, where’s all the talk about the Jets and Giants having horrible fans, and asking when they’ll relocate to LA?? We hear it when the Bengals don’t sell out a damn preseason game, but the self-proclaimed next Superbowl champ Jets, in their home opener, in their new stadium should have been sold out months ago. So, is it the economy and high ticket prices, or do NY fans suck, too??

  12. ampats says: Sep 9, 2010 4:51 PM

    Got my tickets for Week #2 at the New Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands.

  13. buzzbissinger says: Sep 9, 2010 4:54 PM

    This just in: The economy is in the toilet, people are out of work and can’t afford to plunk down $250 for an inferior NFL experience

  14. Nyjets31 says: Sep 9, 2010 4:55 PM

    I can get the whole season on DTV for the what it would cost me to go to one game , a game or 2 live in a season is ok but ,its F’n expensive

  15. TheSleepness says: Sep 9, 2010 5:01 PM

    this is how it starts. this is how it ends..kinds sitting on their chairs in empty throne rooms with no one else to make a buck off of’s coming.

  16. SomeFans says: Sep 9, 2010 5:01 PM

    “But it’s truly remarkable that this was even a question, four days before the opening of the most hyped Jets team in more than a decade.

    Not really… those who know the jets know they’re nothing but posers. Too many years/decades of big talk without backing it up. Woody can’t change those minds by just hiring a gasbag for a coach.

  17. Hugh Jorgan says: Sep 9, 2010 5:02 PM

    Bengals1622 says:
    So, is it the economy and high ticket prices, or do NY fans suck, too??
    Two friends with Jets season tickets for 20+ years couldn’t afford the PSL’s and had to give up their season tickets. A friend with Giants season tickets for 15 years gave his up too. PSL’s are in many cases half of the average yearly salary, or more.
    It’s the high ticket prices, regardless of the city. Now everyone goes to the local watering hole, takes advantage of the drink specials and free half time buffet, and get to see several games at once, depending on which flat screen plasma we’re looking at. All for less than the stadium’s parking fee, and the cost of tolls to get there.
    Win win.

  18. njghost91 says: Sep 9, 2010 5:24 PM

    Giants are in worse shape than the Jets, why else would the Giants resort to selling single-game tickets w/o PSL’s? The Jets have only offered single-game tickets to PSL owners.

  19. lurch's nyquil says: Sep 9, 2010 5:38 PM

    Blackouts????? WTF is that all about, in DC we have never heard such words.

  20. DarthGator7 says: Sep 9, 2010 5:44 PM

    If the Jets start having blackouts, and the #1 market in NY can’t watch, how long will the league stand by and not change the antiquated “blackout rule”?

  21. steelers rule says: Sep 9, 2010 5:57 PM

    Come on Rex, I want your fat ass to call out your bandwagon hopping fans! A brand new stadium with 7-10 million people who live close to stadium and they can’t it out?! JET FANS ARE SOFT! Enjoy your 8 win season Jet fans!

  22. FireJerryJones says: Sep 9, 2010 6:16 PM

    Rex dropped another F bomb.
    Ate a donut.

  23. Spiny Norman says: Sep 9, 2010 6:34 PM

    How do you spell the sound that a leaking balloon makes?

  24. steelerfan9598 says: Sep 9, 2010 7:07 PM

    Just Enter The Stadium

  25. Bigbluefan says: Sep 9, 2010 7:09 PM

    The jets did not have as many psl to sell and they are also offering a half price special
    The jets tickets are the outlet store version of football in Giant Stadium
    The Giants have has some trouble selling high end club seats but other wise the whole place is sold out
    Can not wait for Sunday to sit in my nice comfortable club seat and watch the real NY NJ football team.
    I took the plunge bought two club PSL knowing that in two more years the country will be tired of the expermint and elect people who have a clue and things will be back to normal
    When the stadium was planed the country was not being run by a socialist and people had the cash to spend now that we are living in the era of high UE and a depression who has the extra cash

  26. Stone says: Sep 9, 2010 7:27 PM

    Preach on, Rosenthal. This is probably the first color piece by you that I have liked. Agreed though, how do they manage to out-price New Yorkers? The fact alone that the season ticket waiting list for the Giants has evaporated is enough to put a tear in my eye. Forget about the Jets, they suck, no one gives a crap enough about them to be on a waiting list for season tickets. This is just a blustery phase of annoyance from them. Reed won’t win a Superbowl in the next two years and he will have worn out his welcome in NY, he will be fired, and the Jets will go back to being second class, silent partner citizens of NY.

  27. Beware Da Ware says: Sep 9, 2010 8:28 PM

    Grampats, I know your really old and everything so you probably haven’t heard.
    Giants stadium is now a parking lot….it no longer exists….much like the horse and buggy you took to school

  28. BlueRush says: Sep 9, 2010 10:04 PM

    “The Jets have struggled to sell their tickets more than the Giants.”
    No they haven’t. The Giants are full of shit in regards to their PSL’s. That’s why all the NY rags have had stories lately about how the Giants have covered up the fact that they haven’t sold nearly as many seats as they claim.
    Does anyone associated with this website actually fact check?
    Doesn’t matter much anyway….Giants have no heart and will shit the bed by week 5 anyway.
    NY is a Jet town…..the Empire State Building will be lit up in green come February.

  29. bgnflfann says: Sep 9, 2010 11:35 PM

    Ok steelrfagfan, How many games do you think your sorry ass team is going to win after losing your best receiver forever and Rapelisbereger for 4 games? you couldn;t beat the Bungles last year and this year the Ravens and Cinn will kick your talentless team’s ass again! lookin’ like 6-8 for your club. hahahahaha

  30. GRpatriot says: Sep 10, 2010 7:59 AM

    We’ll see about “the Blackout, after Ray Ray knocks out Mark Sanchise!”
    Rex didn’t Cromartie say “We’re the Miami Heat of the NFL?” Now you say your talking smack and not the Team???
    Can’t wait for MNF and the NY Slapdorks!

  31. NYJALLFINGDAY says: Sep 10, 2010 10:44 AM

    Bigbluefan shows us just how stupid he is once again.

  32. Hugh Jorgan says: Sep 10, 2010 11:34 AM

    “NY Slapdorks”. ??
    Really?? What are you, freaking 8 years old?? Go back to Nickelodeon Online and let the big people talk football.
    And BigBlueFan, BlueRush’s comment was true. You know damned well the Giants can’t sell their PSL’s either. Grow a set and admit the truth. Your last paragraph (“When the stadium was planed the country was not being run by a socialist and people had the cash to spend now that we are living in the era of high UE and a depression who has the extra cash” ) put you in the “Don’t Even Bother Reading When You See The Screen Name” list.

  33. somesome says: Sep 10, 2010 11:36 AM

    So the owners purchased the last 1,500 seats themselves, great job JITS ….

  34. texasPHINSfan says: Sep 10, 2010 12:10 PM

    The entire concept of a PSL is stupid. The billionaire owners aren’t rich enough? We’re broke and many of us don’t even have jobs. I’m not paying $300+ to take my lady to a game for 2 and a half hours unless it’s a special occasion.

  35. BOYCOTTFOOTBALLcom says: Sep 10, 2010 12:44 PM

    haha wow. this is amazing. and we keep sucking it up. its why i started
    the jets cant hardly sell out?
    amazing and sad

  36. Nightman says: Sep 10, 2010 11:51 PM

    Cheapest tickets to the Jets are $95 for upper level endzone tickets, that is almost as expensive as tickets to the Patriots games which have among the highest average ticket prices in the NFL.
    I’m going to sell my Ravens PSL in January to the person sitting next to me for what I paid for it 5 years ago. It’s nosebleed in the upper endzone, but I was lucky to sell it, some people are not that lucky. I can’t afford the Ravens policy of raising prices every other year.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!