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Jets open camp July 24

Jets nose tackle Kris Jenkins By Craig Thomas

Posted Jun 30, 2008

Capital One Bank New York Jets Training Camp Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY -

Practice Schedule, July 24-30

7/24 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

7/25 1:30 p.m.

7/26 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

7/27 1:30 p.m.

7/28 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. (Closed to Public)

7/29 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

7/30 1:30 p.m.

7/31 TBA Reporting Dates:

Jets rookies begin their orientation on Wednesday, July 16. Quarterbacks and injured veterans come in Sunday, July 20. The rest of the veterans report Wednesday, July 23.

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June 29, 2008

EVERY time I hear that New York is a very tough media town, that draft picks and free agents should take care, I want to laugh. And then, forgive the indelicacy, but it applies, I want to puke.

The media in this town - print, TV and radio - have for years allowed the local teams and their Manhattan-based leagues to get away with systemic, broad-daylight rip-offs and holdups of their most devoted customers without even offering brief, token protest.

New York's teams can fleece and gouge with impunity. Certainly, they don't have to worry about the media standing up to shame or even embarrass them. The media see no rip-offs, hear no rip-offs and speak no rip-offs.

And now, with the New York Giants and New York Jets on the verge of the greatest shake-down in this region's sports history - the extortion of tens of millions of dollars through an extortionist's invention called "personal seat licenses" - a large seat rental payment on top of season ticket payments - the media's virtual silence again can be relied upon.

All NFL teams, Giants and Jets included, have no trouble signing unproven or age-worn free agents and speculative draft picks to $40 million contracts, but they need you to pay the mortgages on their new palaces. But only because they know they can get away with it.

Annual NFL revenue streams are more like tidal waves - billions in rights from four TV networks, tens of millions in local and national radio rights, hundreds of millions from satellite TV and satellite radio.

Billions in merchandising sales and the sale of merchandising licenses, even cuts from sales on home shopping networks. Hundreds of millions in parking fees and eight-bucks-a-cup beer sales. Billions in ticket sales - must-buy, full-price exhibition games, included.

And now its teams are demanding double rent - pay or get out - many more millions from their most loyal patrons, some over three and four generations - to finance their new luxury box-lined mansions.

The Giants - and soon, the Jets - tell us that PSL money will be applied to the cost of their new ballpark. Funny, when you and I, already living in a reasonably nice home, can't afford to buy one of those nice, big, new ones, what do we do?

We don't buy it! We stay put! We don't buy what we can't afford. Imagine that!

Imagine if the Jets and Giants were told they had to pay a personal seat license. That in addition to paying to install 82,000 seats in their new ballpark, they had to pay an additional fee on all 82,000 of them in order not to have them removed next season. They would laugh in the faces of the extortionists, maybe even call the cops.

Of course, though, they would never have to confront such an outrage, the kind they're presenting as a pay-or-get-lost option to their steadiest customers.

Not that if the media today rises up in protest any change will be exacted. One of the things that a steady silence on such issues long ago imbued in team owners and league rulers is immunity from shame. You no longer can embarrass people who years ago began to understand that they could get away with anything. Too late for that.

Wait, that's not totally fair. Giants' co-owner John Mara, grandson of the team's founder, says he feels genuine regret that it has come to this, to PSLs. He has long seemed like a very solid and sincere sort, thus I believe him.

But if owning an NFL team now means you have to do things to your customers that you genuinely regret - that leave you with a sick feeling - perhaps the business is no longer worthy of your inclusion. Perhaps it's time to get out. Or, better yet, spearhead changes for the better.

At least the Giants went right at it: "We regret to inform you, but here it is."

The Jets, on the other hand, recently sent patrons a transparently disingenuous survey, one designed to show the club's caring and flexible side - fully knowing PSL remit forms will follow.

But this "tough media town" years ago flashed all the leagues, headquartered right here, and all the local big-league team owners the steal sign: "Go ahead, you won't get any resistance from us. We only care about pitch counts, sack totals and Dolan's next coach."

And when the media apply no pressure, who else is left? The Elks Club?

New York, the media capital of the world, is becoming the sports fleecing capital of the world. And the ticket-scalping, price-gouging team owners and the league commissioners, who primarily serve as wink-and-nod CFOs, always should be indebted to the media here for their years of steady and dependable cooperation.

Remember, PSL holders, when the Jets and/or Giants have a decent year, more of their home games - in exchange for your ransom money - instead of being played at 1 p.m., will be played, in exchange for TV money, on Sunday and Thursday nights. Yup, in November and December, too.


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Funny, when you and I, already living in a reasonably nice home, can't afford to buy one of those nice, big, new ones, what do we do?

We don't buy it! We stay put! We don't buy what we can't afford. Imagine that!

How dead on wrong is this guy. If nothing else, the entire country is in debt up to its eyeballs because nobody "stays put".

Has he been living in a cave for the last nine months? Does "Mortgage Crisis" mean anything to him?

Jeez... these people will just throw **** to the wall and see if it sticks.


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