The starting job at QB is once again in question in New York. The Jets released Tim Tebow following the second round draft pick of Geno Smith from West Virginia. According to Rich Cimini, the Jets coaches are playing with the idea of turning Smith into a change-of-pace QB if he doesn’t win the starting job from Mark Sanchez. If you recall this is exactly what the Jets wanted out of Tim Tebow last season. With the effects that this had on Sanchez in 2012, many are questioning why the NY Jets would want to try this again in 2013.
Alan Schechter of The Jet Press calls the “Jets logic” stupid. Chris Burke of SI.com thinks the plan is even worse for Smith than it was for Tebow. Both argue that Geno Smith is anything but a traditional running QB, averaging 2.3 yards per carry last season. Whether you agree with Schechter and Burke or you think that the Jets are just participating in a little healthy competition, I think we can all agree that some things never change. The New York Jets QB controversy is one of those things.
Another thing that has not changed – the price of New York Jets tickets.
New York Jets tickets averaged $228 following the acquisition of Tim Tebow from the Broncos in 2012.
New York Jets tickets averaged $225 following the signing of Geno Smith from West Virginia in 2013.
2012 New York Jets tickets at MetLife Stadium averaged $228 (recorded April 2012, after Tim Tebow signed with the team) on the secondary market, one of the top 10 most expensive NFL tickets by team that year. In 2013, New York Jets tickets are down just $3 on average but have dropped to thirteenth most expensive in the League. Since April 23 of this year, NY Jets tickets have tumbled from $388 to $225 in 3 short months. Since that time, the effects of the trade of CB Darrelle Revis have settled, the Jets selected Geno Smith in the second round of the NFL Draft, Tim Tebow signed with the New England Patriots, and the controversy over who will be the starting quarterback for the Jets this season has heightened. A combination of those factors has led to a decline in demand for Jets tickets. In case you are wondering, despite Tim Tebow’s popularity, his signing had little to no effect on Patriots tickets prices.
The most expensive game on the Jets schedule is against AFC East Division opponent New England Patriots. When Tebow returns (although unlikely to play) to East Rutherford in mid-October, Jets tickets are averaging $287. When the Jets visit Foxboro in Week 2, tickets are double the cost averaging $586. The matchup at Gillette Stadium is one of the 10 most expensive NFL tickets by game. Overall, New York Jets road tickets are averaging $80 less than NY Jets home tickets at $145. The Jets are now the fifth cheapest road team in the NFL.
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