For many NFL fans the home opener for their favorite team is one of the best days of the season. It’s a festive, jubilant atmosphere where you get a chance to cheer on your favorite team as they prepare for what you hope is a long playoff run and possibly a chance at winning the Super Bowl.
Opening day for the New York Jets will have a different feeling as an 0-2 start and a roster overhaul has left the fan base rooting for losses with an eye on next year. A day which should be full of hope and promise will be met by frustrated fans ready to boo at the team’s first misstep. Add in a significant amount of Miami Dolphins’ fans that will be in attendance and you have the makings of a less than ideal environment for a home opener. But at least the Jets are tanking, right?
It’s unfortunate that the Jets had to take these measures to right their ship but the organization had no choice considering their barren roster. The deteriorated game day experience this season will become quite challenging for even the most diehard supporters of Gang Green. Will you be willing to spend your hard earned money on a team that is undermanned against most teams? Will you be willing to invest an entire day at the stadium when the team has no chance of making a playoff run? Will you be willing to endure the taunts of opposing fans inside your own stadium? If the losses start piling up will the fans keep showing up?
I think that we all know the answers to these questions, and it is a damn shame. The price of tanking goes well beyond the scoreboard. It goes deep into the pockets of the season ticket holders and fans that love attending games.