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The Daily Shoutout: StubHub

Posted on: August 17, 2011 7:41 am
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OPENING HIT: So this is how I get myself into trouble. The site Profootballtalk.com ran a semi-mocking post about the mayor of Jacksonville pushing for fans to buy season tickets. The Jaguars again face blackouts, the site reported, if 5,000 season tickets aren't sold.

On Twitter, I wrote several sentences, agreeing with PFT, saying it's amateurish for a mayor of a major American city to play the role of StubHub. I think mayors have better things to do like, oh, fight crime and worry about Jacksonville's troubled real estate market.

Well, the reaction from the Jagnuts was swift. A mob formed. Some of the Twitter responses were passionate but reasonable. Others were vitriolic and belligerent. A super duper Jaguars fan/cheerleader named Alfie, a guy I normally like, sent more than a few boorish tweets, three of which included profanity (he argued two contained profanity since he used the same curse twice--interesting math there). He also kept calling me "boss." I wondered if he was confusing me with Kevin Boss.

I was called anti-Jacksonville even though I wrote this when I worked there. And this. Oh, and this.

Not to mention I once bought Jaguars season tickets.

I love the city. Nice people, beautiful beaches and the best radio talk-show host in the business.

Yet Jaguars fans are increasingly insecure about their team's ticket sale situation often deflecting the Jaguars' problems by blasting the city of Tampa and the Buccaneers for their ticket issues. So Jaguars fans hate it when people criticize their team's lack of ticket sales but then attack another team.

But back to the issue. Should a mayor spend even a second trying to boost ticket sales for an NFL team?

Foul-mouthed Alfie de Ville said I defended President Obama when he was ripped for filing out an NCAA bracket. Not an unfair counterpoint. Though I would argue Obama spending a half-hour once a year going on ESPN to talk about a stupid bracket is far less time consuming than a mayor commiting to selling tickets. I don't believe this is something the mayor will spend 10 minutes doing or pushing off to subordinates. He will spend more time on this than my Twitter critics want to admit.

Also, while there are exceptions, in general, politicians screw up sports.

There is an argument made that by helping to sell tickets and keep the Jaguars viable (and in the city) the mayor is protecting jobs. Not unfair yet consider this. There are economists -- and not a few -- that have long expressed serious doubts that an NFL team has a truly beneficial financial impact on a city.

My biggest problem with mayoral intervention is that it takes away from the responsibility of the Jaguars. It's the team's job to sell tickets. Not the mayor's. The team and NFL should combine to invest massive resources into ticket drives. I mean, big bucks. Cash money.

I always go back to this. Jaguars fans get saucy when anyone discusses their ticket situation (WHAT ABOUT TAMPA!!!!) and they are right sometimes Jacksonville is unfairly targeted by the media. That's true.

But Jaguars fans could shut everyone the hell up by buying tickets. Jaguars fans should be mad at one entity only: the people of Jacksonville. No one else.

Now excuse me while I put on my bulletproof vest.
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Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:43 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: StubHub

Well the Jags didn't have one blackout last year. Whe the Jags are good, they sell out. It's always been that way. For some reason a lot of the fan base in Jax is fickle. But they're certainly in a better situation than Tampa or San Diego who always have trouble no matter how good they are.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 17, 2011 10:02 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: StubHub

something crazy like 5% of the jax local market needs to show up on sunday for a sellout. I think that's pretty good. if that happened in NYC the meadowlands would need to be able to seat almost a million people.

also need to factor in that when the jags began as an expansion team the people who became the "die-hard" fans were the kids who never knew another NFL team. those kids are just now becoming old enough to get their own season tickets. in a year or two the jags ticket situation will be fine. they're not going anywhere.




Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: August 17, 2011 8:32 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: StubHub

You could also look at it this way.  The Jaguars bring in alot of revenue for the city.  Losing the Jaguars to say Los Angeles would cut that revenue out.  While you have a vaild point I also see why the Mayor would try and help.

Best Talk Show host in the Business.  AS long as it isn't sport talk.   While the talk show host should back the team.  They were a tad overboard.  I was station in Jacksonville at NAS Cecil Field (now closed) summer of 98 to summer of 99.  By listening to that radio show you would have thought they were the UCLA Bruins of the 60s-70s with back to back to back to back Super Bowl wins.  Of course being a loyal Panther fan I think I barfed at least a dozen times listening to the garbage they were spewing every morning on my way to work.

If Jacksonville cannot support a team and L.A. has a complex deal waiting.  Seems the logical choice is the Jaguars to go to L.A.  The Jaguars fans have about 4 teams they can become loyal to.  TB, Miami, Atlanta and New Orleans.  Pick a bandwagon Jacksonville.  Most jumped off your Bandwagon years ago.

We'll miss you Bro.  Go Panthers


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