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NEW YORK – (Staff report from official news release) – In professional sports, there’s nothing worse than empty seats. In the technology world, everything has gone mobile, while in the travel industry, there’s nothing better than an upgrade. The New York Jets are combining the three and offering Jets fans a new way to buy season-long tickets with hopes of getting an “upgrade” now and then. It comes at the cost of $725.00 (or $72.50 per seat per game) for 10 games, including two preseason contests.
The J. E. T. S are unveiling “Jets Boarding Pass,” an all-new, 100-percent mobile pass encouraging new fans to attend every 2017 home game (eight regular season) but sit in a different seat each time. With the launch of Boarding Pass, the Jets become the first NFL team to offer their fans a season-long mobile subscription.
The Jets’ Boarding Pass is managed through the official Jets mobile app and includes all ten Jets 2017 preseason and regular season home games. Jets Boarding Pass unlocks what the team says is “the chance” to sit in a different seat location every game, varying from the lower bowl to the 300 level. Pass holders will be notified of their seat location through the Jets App upon arrival at MetLife Stadium on game day within two hours of kickoff.
Boarding Pass holders are eligible for Jets Rewards, a program that allows fans to earn and redeem points for memorabilia, collectibles, and experiences like the opportunity to fly on the team charter to Jets away games or have dinner with Jets legends.
Fans may purchase the Boarding Pass in a single payment of $725, or sign up for a payment plan that includes a down payment of $145 at the time of purchase and four monthly payments of $145. If a fan attends all ten games, the face value of the tickets received is guaranteed to exceed the purchase price of the Boarding Pass. Tickets are not transferrable; however, up to six passes can be purchased together so fans can enjoy the game with friends.
New York Jets Boarding Pass is presented by JetBlue Airlines and they will offer Boarding Pass purchasers special opportunities and other JetBlue perks.
“We’re always looking for new ways for our fans to experience game day, and we also pay very close attention to trends in the industry and in the market,” said Jets President Neil Glat. “As consumer preferences are shifting towards mobile transactions, we wanted to provide Jets fans with a unique and convenient way to attend Jets games, and we think the Boarding Pass addresses that.”
This new Jets Boarding Pass leverages award-winning technology from Experience, the preferred mobile upgrade partner for the National Football League since 2014.
NEW YORK – The agent for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said Friday his client did not suffer a concussion in 2016.
“Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year,” agent Don Yee said in a statement to ESPN, NFL Network and other media outlets. “Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it’s obviously a good thing the organization and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health.”
Tom Brady and wife, Gisele
The statement came two days after Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, appeared on “CBS This Morning” and said her husband “had a concussion last year” and alluded to more concussions during his career.
The supermodel was asked by CBS’ Charlie Rose of her thoughts on Brady’s plans to play into his mid-40s and whether she wants him to retire from football.
“I just have to say, as a wife, as you know (the NFL) is not the most, let’s say, unaggressive sport. Football, he had a concussion last year,” she said in the interview. “He has concussions pretty much every — I mean we don’t talk about it.
“But he has concussions and I don’t really think it’s a healthy thing for your body to go through. You know, that kind of aggression all the time, that cannot be healthy for you. I’m planning on having him be healthy and do a lot of fun things when we’re like 100 I hope.”
Bundchen did not clarify when her husband suffered a concussion or whether it was medically diagnosed. She was not asked a follow-up question about her comments.
Brady has never officially been listed with a concussion or head injury in his professional career.
The Patriots did not list the 39-year-old Brady as having a concussion at any point in the 2016 season, but he sat out the first four games due to the Deflategate suspension given by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
The Patriots declined to comment on the situation and the NFL issued a statement later Wednesday regarding Bundchen’s comments and said it will look into the matter along with the NFL Players Association.
“We have reviewed all reports relating to Tom Brady from the unaffiliated neurotrauma consultants and certified athletic trainer spotters who worked at Patriots’ home and away 2016 season games as well as club injury reports that were sent to the league office,” the NFL statement read.
“There are no records that indicate that Mr. Brady suffered a head injury or concussion, or exhibited or complained of concussion symptoms. Today we have been in contact with the NFLPA and will work together to gather more information from the club’s medical staff and Mr. Brady. The health and safety of our players is our foremost priority and we want to ensure that all our players have and continue to receive the best care possible.”
Brady, who has not missed a game due to injury since 2008 when he tore his ACL in a Week 1 game against the Kansas City Chiefs, was listed with thigh, knee and ankle injuries at various points in 2016.
Brady, who turns 40 in August ahead of his 18th NFL season, is a five-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Super Bowl MVP and two-time league MVP. He collected his fifth ring in February when the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Falcons in overtime of Super Bowl LI
PHILADELPHIA – (Special to Digital Sports Desk by The Sports Xchange) – The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a one-year contract with former New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount on Wednesday. The deal is worth up to a reported $2.8 million for the 30-year-old Blount, who entered free agency after the best season of his seven-year NFL career in 2016.
“LeGarrette Blount is a tough, physical runner who has enjoyed a great deal of success in New England and we are excited about adding him to this football team,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said in a statement. “We feel good about the depth and competition that we have created at the running back position and we are looking forward to getting the guys out on the field next week for OTAs.”
The Patriots issued a $1.1 million free agent tender to Blount last week in a move that now means Blount will count toward the 2018 compensatory pick formula.
The 6-foot, 250-pound Blount rushed for 1,161 yards on 299 carries and a league-high 18 touchdowns in the 2016 regular season. He gained 109 yards and scored a touchdown in the Patriots’ three postseason contests last season, which ended with a second Super Bowl ring for the power running back.
Blount broke into the NFL in 2010 with Tampa Bay and played three seasons for the Buccaneers. The Patriots acquired Blount in a trade with the Bucs in 2013. Blount appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots in 2013, then started the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before rejoining New England.
In 100 career games, Blount has 5,122 rushing yards on 1,168 carries (4.4 yards per attempt) and 49 rushing touchdowns