Jags Look To Sell Tix Despite Lockout
Team Owner Wayne Weaver Optimistic Season Will Be Played
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As NFL fans root for their favorite players to reconcile with owners, the Jaguars franchise is rallying the community to purchase season tickets, without knowing if players will take the field.
"The fans and the team are one, always have been, always will be," former Jaguar and Team Teal representative Tony Boselli said. "So we just need more Jaguar passionate fans to buy tickets."
In an attempt to keep the pride alive, Boselli is leading Team Teal, promoting a 10-game home season with lowered prices that range from about $300 to $1,000.
His optimistic tone, plus the promise of a refund for games unplayed if the lockout continues, is something fans like Kevin Long, who hasn't missed a game since 1995, can buy into.
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"(I'm) Confident they'll figure it out," Long said. "I'm going to get the money back even if they don't have a season, so I'm not out of pocket. So I'm not concerned about that."
Whether or not fans will step up to the ticket counter to front the money is concerning to team owner Wayne Weaver, but he said he's running the organization business as usual and he believes games will go on.
"We've got to be ready to play football, and we're ready," Weaver said. "So we haven't cut back. We don't plan any furloughs, and we'll just have to play it out and see where it goes, but I'm optimistic that it's going to be a great 2011 season."
With no guarantee, some fans argue that buying tickets just aren't worth the money.
"I just don't like the idea of fronting out money and not being able to go," Jaguars fan Ryan Vanvlarcom said. "I'm either going to go or I'm not."
No games are set, but if all goes according to the Jaguars' plan, the season schedule will be released in April.
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