09.17.09 8 years ago 4 Comments

By now you’ve probably listened to the less-than-charismatic voicemail sent out by the New York Jets feature head coach Rex Ryan http://and%20transcript%20are%20after%20the%20jump%20in%20case%20you%20haven't. But what you may not realize is how much Jets fans would have to shell out to cheer them on for their game against the Patriots on Sunday. It’ll be about three figures a pop.

Just checked TicketMaster and was able to find four together in Section 323 for Sunday’s Pats-Jets tilt.

(They’re $90 apiece plus a bunch of annoying charges that raise the total over $100 per.) –Neil Best [earlier this afternoon]

Even in New York, that’s a lot to shell out for one game, and doesn’t even include parking or concessions. The string of blackouts happening around the league is pointing to a real issue for the NFL: while The Gameday Experience might be better than watching the game at home, but it isn’t as cost-effective. And this is in the old Giants Stadium, not the billion-dollar-plus gigantiplex that the Jets are co-opening with the Giants next fall. It may not be long before these teams are just playing their games on giantic sound stages with nothing but TV cameras surrounding them. What obese, painted patrons shall we make fun of then?

The Ryan voicemail, transcribed by the good people at The Star-Ledger.

“Hey. It’s Rex Ryan, the head coach of the New York Jets. I just want to let you know how much we need you this week. I’ve already admitted that, hey, the Patriots have a better head coach and they got a better quarterback than us. But we’re going to see who’s got a better team. And the other part , the reason that I’m so confident is that they got to face you and they got to face the rest of our fans. My challenge to you is that we need you at your best. So come get ready to go for four quarters, get after them, especially when our defense is out there. We really need you. We want it to be miserable for Brady and company. And seem like there’s 13 or 14 guys out there on defense. It’s tough enough when we just have 11. But when our fans are into it, it’s almost impossible to do anything against us. So that’s my challenge to you. Again, I admit that I’m not as good as Belichick. But at the end of the game, I want to be 1-0 against him. So help me out if you don’t mind. So that’s my challenge. Okay? Thank you. Bye.”

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