For fans, preseason games are at best a tease and at worst a way for the teams to bilk season-ticket holders to doling out more money for inferior product. So any proposal to make them even slightly more interesting should be welcomed. For instance, a team could host a game in the infield of a racetrack. Sure, it sounds like a potential shitshow but that’s better than the atmosphere at a typical preseason game.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III donned a No. 59 Jacksonville Jaguars jersey Tuesday and took the practice field for a little fun.
It might have been a business trip, too.
The Jaguars have made it clear they would like to regionalize their small-market franchise, which could lead to playing preseason games in neighboring cities like Daytona Beach, Gainesville and Orlando. And Chitwood wants to host a football game on Daytona’s front-stretch infield.
“We’ve not had a formal discussion with the Jags here, but we’ve got some great relationships,” Chitwood said after catching passes and fielding kickoffs with the team. “There’s always an opportunity.”
So it doesn’t sound like the idea is anywhere close to actually happening so much as the track president would like it to happen. Honestly, I’m in favor of it so long as Jaxson de Ville spends the entire game doing laps on the track and occasionally running over cardboard pictures of Mike Florio.
C’mon, Jags, cater this to segment of your fan base, for all of us.