The Jets, for all their quarterback poise, for all their "Hard Knocks" star power, for all their shutdown secondary, are in real danger of local TV blackouts this season. Are they a victim of their own success?
It's all the fault of those dastardly PSLs. Turns out, there weren't 50,000 Jets fans willing to shell out anywhere from $4,000 to $30,000 just for the right to buy season tickets.
Right now, there are at least 10,000 unsold seat licenses, and more importantly, 8,000 of them for non-premium seats. And if those non-premium seats aren't sold by gameday, that's an automatic television blackout.
Jets owner Woody Johnson says they're not even talking about dropping the prices — even though there are plenty of below cost PSLs available on ticket reselling sites.
[They are] fairly priced right now," Johnson told The Post when asked about dropping the PSL cost. "[They're] selling, and [they're] selling right along our trendlines, so we're good to go."
The Giants aren't having such problems, having already sold all of their non-premium seat licenses. But it was comparing themselves to the Giants in the first place that probably led to this mess.
The Jets simply don't have the same history the Giants do. Their fan base is smaller, and skews slightly more working class. So despite a decade of being in the hunt most years, the Jets really have no business charging the same prices as the Giants.
Or maybe they should have put on a better show for their ticketholders at their pathetic little draft party.