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Weaver warns Jaguars fans that national media could pick on town

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After making great strides in ticket sales last year, the Jaguars’ season ticket renewals are going more slowly this year.

That’s no surprise, considering the work stoppage and the still relatively bland roster in Jacksonville.   Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver warned fans in a chat on Tuesday (ostensibly held to help sell tickets) that the town could be criticized by outsiders if things don’t change.

“Many see no reason to buy or renew this tickets until the labor is settled and it sends a wrong message if we don’t continue the momentum we built a year ago having the most improved attendance in the NFL,” Weaver said in a chat on Jaguars.com.

“We were number one in most new ticket sales in the NFL and number one in the most affordable ticket in the NFL. If we lose the momentum we built a year ago then the national media begins to pick up that this last year was a one year blip and Jacksonville is not a great NFL market which would we all know is not true,” Weaver said.

(I just told Florio I was writing a post about Weaver saying the national media will pick on them if they don’t sell tickets.    His response: “And we will.”)

The Jaguars have extended their deadline to renew season tickets a few times.

No matter what the national media says or doesn’t say about the Jaguars,  possible blackouts in 2011 is a growing concern for the team.

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48 Responses to “Weaver warns Jaguars fans that national media could pick on town”
  1. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 8:47 PM

    “Jackassville” as those snobs at the New York Times love to call the town.

  2. patriotsdefense says: Apr 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    Los Angeles Jaguars

  3. ar1888 says: Apr 12, 2011 8:57 PM

    Im sure both Jaguars fans will be upset by this. All you need is more tarps.

  4. 3octaveFart says: Apr 12, 2011 8:59 PM

    Don’t worry Weaver.
    They would have to care first.

  5. madenatewell says: Apr 12, 2011 9:01 PM

    In other news: I don’t care. Only people in Jacksonville like the Jags.

  6. wawa33 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:01 PM

    Dream Weaver.

  7. gojev93 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:04 PM

    I renewed my season tickets just like I do every year.

    Fans like me will go no matter what because we are loyal to the team and that’s what good fans do.

    There are a lot of fair-weather fans however that won’t go unless the team is winning. Winning does fix everything. If the team wins, the seats will be full.

    It’s not do to lack of tying. The Jags tried to get a QB. They drafted one in the top 10, but he just didn’t work out. Same thing with WRs. Drafted 1 in the 1st round 2 years in a row. Both are bagging groceries now. They even tried to trade up to get their franchise DE who is now 4th on the depth chart. If you hit on some of these, you are set. If you miss, you are where the Jags are.

    The new GM Gene Smith brings hope. 2 solid drafts in a row and a roster full of hard working good-character guys, but does he have enough time to put it all together? Let’s see what he does this year…

  8. jjrs89 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:06 PM

    Tell this chump to shut it. They wanna impose a lockout and then whine that his terribly mediocre team isn’t selling tickets? Somebody call the wahhhhhhhmbulance

  9. sterlingrodgers says: Apr 12, 2011 9:08 PM

    Come on Jags fans. If you love the team and can afford it, buy tickets. I don’t want to see you lose your team.

  10. brewdogg says: Apr 12, 2011 9:09 PM

    Where are all the Jaguars fans here?

    Oh. Right….. My bad.

  11. camdenyard says: Apr 12, 2011 9:15 PM

    “Jacksonville is not a great NFL market which would we all know is not true”

    16-20 tarps don’t lie.

    JAX is an awful NFL town, which we all know IS true.

    Baltimore should have gotten that expansion team years ago, it would have saved two cities a lot of agony. Thanks Tags!

  12. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 9:22 PM

    “Jacksonville Where Old Cougars Go To Die”

    The series.

  13. zoxitic says: Apr 12, 2011 9:24 PM

    As much as you guys want to make this a Jaguar problem, this is really an NFL problem. Remember, the Jaguars had ZERO blackouts last year. How many did your team have? Check out these headlines:

    NFL Attendance Down For 4th Straight Year; Blackout Rule Not Working

    2010: The Year of the NFL Television Blackout?

    Oakland Raider’s blackout streak reaches nine

    Blackouts up 63 percent in 2010

    NFL Causing Its Own Blackouts

  14. homerk says: Apr 12, 2011 9:27 PM

    @madenatewell

    Except the people in Jacksonville don’t like them either. At least not well enough to buy tickets.

  15. zoxitic says: Apr 12, 2011 9:39 PM

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers expect TV blackout Sunday — and more to come

    Cincinnati Blackout Pushes Total NFL Blackouts to 19

    NFL TV blackouts: Bills, Bucs off the air on Sunday

    Chiefs suffer first TV blackout in 19 years

    NFL: Are blackouts in the Chiefs future

    Buffalo Bills get first TV blackout since 2006

    Bolts TV blackout official: 7,000 tickets short

    Yeah, the Jaguars sure do have a problem..lol

  16. FinFan68 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:45 PM

    Why does Jacksonville get a bad rap when it comes to attendance? There are many teams that support their teams less than the fans of the jaguars. Why do Oakland, Tampa, San Diego, etc. seem to get a free pass?

  17. zoxitic says: Apr 12, 2011 9:47 PM

    More stadium blues: NFL TV blackouts loom in several cities

    NFL’s 23rd TV Blackout This Season Surpasses 2009 Total

    NFL seems to be losing battle of the blackouts

    Up to 12 NFL teams may face blackouts

  18. jamaltimore says: Apr 12, 2011 9:57 PM

    Derrick Mason of Bmore bashing Goodall for his stewardship of NFL is right on. However, Paul Tagliabue is a JOKE for picking Jacksonville over Baltimore. It ultimately led to the whole Browns move and he ended up ultimatel screwing two cities that built the freakin NFL!

  19. realfann says: Apr 12, 2011 10:03 PM

    Sends a wrong message for fans not to buy season tickets because the owners locked out the players???

    This guy an idiot??? It sends exactly the right message.

    If he wants a translation, it would be: “stop being such a greedy jerk and end the lockout now so we can have training camp and a full season”

    Good for Jacksonville fans.

  20. mkepackfan says: Apr 12, 2011 10:08 PM

    Move them to Minnesota, they’d love a team.

    Joking aside, other than L.A., what other city in the US can support a team? San Antonio maybe? Portland (maybe a nice rivalry for Oregon & Washington, though they’d be in separate conferences)? Boise maybe? I just can’t think of many cities to expand/move to.

  21. krow101 says: Apr 12, 2011 10:15 PM

    ‘New ticket sales’… I wonder why others teams can’t do this? Oh right… probably because their games are always sold out.

  22. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 10:29 PM

    “Move Reactors To Jacksonville To Reduce Threat To Humanity”.

    – Associated Press Op Ed article.

  23. hobartbaker says: Apr 12, 2011 10:31 PM

    “Jacksonville, The Crossroads where Unintelligable Inhabitants meet Illegal Immigrants.”.

    – Conde Nast Travel

  24. Canyonero says: Apr 12, 2011 10:51 PM

    Look out Mr. Weaver! Behind you!

  25. freedoginit says: Apr 12, 2011 10:53 PM

    An owner that has NO loyalty to the community that made him richer. An owner who does not care about his players….

  26. recon163 says: Apr 12, 2011 11:13 PM

    “We were number one in most new ticket sales in the NFL and number one in the most affordable ticket in the NFL.:

    Number one in new ticket sales and lowest prices in the NFL? So by having low prices you sell more tickets? Wow, what a concept.

    And despite all that, the Jags ranked 24th in attendance and only filled 94% of their stadium.

    Clearly Wayne is quite content with his minimal profits. If he ever sells, the next owner may not be so magnanimous to the hamlet of Jacksonville.

  27. bresilhac says: Apr 13, 2011 1:48 AM

    If San Antonio would have been awarded this franchise in the first place this mess wouldn’t be happening now. Instead San Antonio gets passed over for a team in the early nineties and look what happened. Compare the two cities now and it’s a no-brainer where the franchise should have gone. Today Jacksonville is roughly 65% the size of San Antonio and is locked in by swamps and suffers from an anemic economy. San Antonio on the other hand has boomed since 1991 and over at 2.1 million inhabitants is way more capable of supporting an NFL team than the likes of Jacksonville.

    San Antonio Jaguars.

  28. thefiesty1 says: Apr 13, 2011 6:56 AM

    The lockout is hurting at least one owner instead of only the players suffering.. Obviously, Florida can’t support 3 pro teams. Are you paying attention San Antonio?

  29. tednancy says: Apr 13, 2011 7:52 AM

    One of Tagliabue’s biggest mistakes was expanding into, of all places, Jacksonville and Raleigh in 1995.

    By 1996, Cleveland would lose a team to Baltimore, Houston to Nashville, and LA would lose not one but TWO teams.

    The fact that the experiment has failed in Jacksonville is not a surprise. There is no tradition there, no depth in the Jaguars experience. It has always seemed so plastic, so contrived. The Jacksonville Jaguars have as much authenticity as a strip mall or a Wal-Mart.

    Move the team to LA already.

  30. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 13, 2011 8:09 AM

    Canyonero Thanks :)

    “Look out Mr. Weaver! Behind you!”

    Gave me a chuckle to get through the work day!

    Thumbs up!

  31. phillyaces says: Apr 13, 2011 8:19 AM

    I am not complaining. No matter what Florida team my team plays I can get good cheap seats. It doesn’t matter what sport because all florIda teams can’t sell tickets. Tampa fans are the worst of them all, they actually have good teams but still don’t goto games.

  32. shackdelrio says: Apr 13, 2011 8:49 AM

    If nobody goes to Jaguar games, what does that say about the eight teams that had lower attendance than the Jaguars?

    Average Attendance for 2010:

    Jacksonville – 63,032
    Arizona – 62,774
    Chicago – 62,195
    Cincinnati – 60,364
    Minnesota – 58,751
    Detroit – 56,285
    St Louis – 52,922
    Tampa Bay – 49,314
    Oakland – 46,431

  33. zoxitic says: Apr 13, 2011 8:53 AM

    It’s obvious people are jealous of the Jaguars.

  34. farmmbig says: Apr 13, 2011 9:18 AM

    Funny how it’s a “business” when the owners want it to be a business and a sport deserving of fan following when ownere want our money.

    Mr. Weaver: Maybe you should focus on how the national media and fans are being critical of your league’s lockout?

  35. vetdana says: Apr 13, 2011 9:35 AM

    Blackouts up 63 percent in 2010

    Blackouts made since 50 years ago when you could buy a ticket for ten bucks,hot dogs 1.50 and the quality of black and white tv was rather poor. It does NOT make since today when tickets cost 100 to 200 bucks, hot dogs 10 and you can watch at home on HD. Black outs alienate fans and drive them away from the stadium. People will NOT support a team they cannot follow and the NFL should know that is a fact. If we have a season this year, we will see a record number of blackouts. This is just one more reason the NFL will be looking much closer at PPV.Its just a question of time…fans.

  36. recon163 says: Apr 13, 2011 10:01 AM

    @ shackdelrio:

    “If nobody goes to Jaguar games, what does that say about the eight teams that had lower attendance than the Jaguars?”

    Average attendance is not really a good measure. The percentage of occupied seats at a stadium is much more telling.

    21 Jacksonville 93.8
    22 Cincinnati 92.1
    23 San Diego 91.9
    24 Washington 90.7
    25 Cleveland 90.3
    26 Miami 90.1
    27 Kansas City 88.2
    28 Detroit 87.3
    29 Buffalo 86.5
    30 St. Louis 81.0
    31 Tampa Bay 75.1
    32 Oakland 73.7

    And in the back of the mind should always be the knowledge that the Jags cut prices and offered zero percent interest financing for fans.

  37. nflpasux says: Apr 13, 2011 10:02 AM

    re:

    FinFan68 says: Apr 12, 2011 9:45 PM

    Why does Jacksonville get a bad rap when it comes to attendance? There are many teams that support their teams less than the fans of the jaguars. Why do Oakland, Tampa, San Diego, etc. seem to get a free pass?

    ===================================================

    Uh, maybe it has something to do with the Jaguaers covering up thousands of sideline seats in order to create bogus “sell-outs” ? …….. while Oakland, Tampa, San Diego etc don’t play games with tarps.

    Jacksonville over Baltimore or St. Louis — the “Sunbelt Strategy” – was Tagliabue’s 2nd biggest mistake, behind the NFLPA giveaway. Worst NFL Commissioner in history who will hopefully never be seriously considered for Canton.

  38. brewdogg says: Apr 13, 2011 10:08 AM

    This is just one more reason the NFL will be looking much closer at PPV.Its just a question of time…fans.
    ——————————————-
    Why do you think the networks had to pay so much to carry the games? Putting every game exclusively on PPV is coming, I believe, but not until the networks stop meeting that big figure the NFL demands and finds something else to do with their sundays.

  39. shackdelrio says: Apr 13, 2011 10:10 AM

    @recon163

    So, percentage of seats actually improves the Jaguars standing. A

    Any price cuts on tickets were in the premium seating, not the general bowl. And the Jaguars have offered “financing” on season tickets for years.

  40. recon163 says: Apr 13, 2011 11:09 AM

    @ shackdelrio:

    “So, percentage of seats actually improves the Jaguars standing.”

    Perhaps but if you include the tarped off seats in which case they are running 87%.

    And this is a legitimate point. How many of those teams I listed have tarped off seats?

    “Any price cuts on tickets were in the premium seating, not the general bowl.”

    Not so.

    “Per the Associated Press, two sections in the upper deck (the non-tarped sections, we assume) will have season tickets reduced by $90, which equates to $9 per game, assuming eight regular-season games and two preseason games.

    Four sections in the lower bowl will have season tickets cut by $100, and two club sections (which don’t count toward the blackout determination) will see a $300 drop.”

    “And the Jaguars have offered “financing” on season tickets for years.”

    Interesting. I wonder how many other teams offer financing on their tickets? And how many teams offer zero percent financing?

    I would bet the answer is none. But I am not in the mood to call every teams ticket office and find out.

  41. mushroomcloudmofo says: Apr 13, 2011 11:58 AM

    @shackdelrio – The lesson of the day: don’t argue with a smart person who has a lot of time on their hands.

    Figures that a guy with “recon” in his name would be able to find information.

    Still, both of you have valid points. The Jags aren’t the worst drawing team in the league, but they get a bad rap because the teams ranked lower have a (relatively) rich football tradition. You guys are still young as a franchise. A few winning seasons with a SB appearance, and the national media will lay off.

  42. shackdelrio says: Apr 13, 2011 1:43 PM

    @recon163

    I didn’t realize they lowered a couple of general bowl sections. I stand corrected but the majority of sections were not lowered in 2010.

    “Interesting. I wonder how many other teams offer financing on their tickets? And how many teams offer zero percent financing?

    I would bet the answer is none. But I am not in the mood to call every teams ticket office and find out.”

    I know Tampa does for sure. Not sure about the rest of the league but I bet it is more than your realize. I would not be surprised if other smaller market teams like Buffalo, Carolina, Kansas City and St Louis offer the same thing.

  43. shackdelrio says: Apr 13, 2011 1:45 PM

    I can’t believe Raven fan is still mad that Baltimore didn’t get an expansion team. You guys got Ozzie Newsome, Jon Ogden, Ray Lewis and Super Bowl instead. Quit crying.

    And if Jacksonville had not gotten an expansion team, they would have gotten either the Rams or Browns anyway.

  44. whags334 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:14 PM

    Ok, all you pinheads listen up for the last time. At the time the seats were covered up, Jacksonville had one of the largest stadiums in the league (73,737). Jacksonville still has a larger stadium that eight other NFL teams, including Tampa who didn’t sell out a single game last year!!

    Jacksonville is not a small market, it is an average sized market. The problem is we have three other NFL teams within 6 hours that people grew up routing for their whole lives, two major college football power houses within two hours that tens of thousands of season ticket holders live in Jacksonville, we have some of the best fishing and beaches on the east coast, we have some of the best golf courses on the east coast, and lastly, we have the amusement park capitol of the world just two hours away.

    I have had season ticket since day one, but I didn’t go to UF or FSU, so I don’t have season tickets there, I gave up playing golf on Saturdays, with my golf group, during the season. Sure people in Jax can afford both season tickets to college games and Jags games but who is going to work all week and then spend all day Saturday and Sunday away from their family?? We have only been around for 16 years, so why do you buzzards go harass Tampa, Buffalo, or one of the other dozen teams that have been around forever and can’t sell out their stadiums and let us build up our fan base!!

  45. whags334 says: Apr 13, 2011 3:27 PM

    By the way, Jacksonville has great football fans but take a look at how our team has finished he last three years and also check out our first round picks during the Shaq Harris era:

    2003 – Byron Leftwich (Bust)
    2004 – Reggie Williams (Bust)
    2005 – Matt Jones (Big Bust)
    2006 – Mercedes Lewis (mediocre for first 4 years)
    2007 – Reggie Nelson (Bust)
    2008 – Derrick Harvey (traded up for this Bust)

    Frustration is what caused the 2009 string of blackouts and prior to that we had only the occasional blackout, even before the tarps. So why don’t you blast Oakland or Buffalo fans who have had blackout issues every year for the past twelve years!

  46. harloeisdead says: Apr 17, 2011 8:40 PM

    Wow… a total of ONE person in all these comments know why there are tarps throughout the stadium. Pathetic.

  47. footballcoach17 says: Apr 17, 2011 11:14 PM

    Once the Jags fire their coach…more fans will come to the games. Note to self Weaver!

  48. mechajaguar says: Apr 17, 2011 11:27 PM

    The jabs are gonna happen anyways. You can’t cure idiocy.

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