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Jets prices

The pricing power of the big-market NFL teams can be seen in the cost of tickets at the New York Jets' new stadium. All seats except for those in the upper deck require a personal-seat license, which is a one-time charge of anywhere between $30,000 and $2,500 for the right to buy a season ticket.

The upper deck seats for the Jets cost either $125, $105 or $95. In Buffalo, the upper deck season tickets cost between $75 (for the lower half of the middle four sections on each side) and $39. For the lower-deck end zone seats, the Jets charge a $2,500 seat license, then the tickets cost $120 a game. The same seats in Buffalo cost $50 a game.

Of course, the difference is simply a question of demand. The Bills are charging as much as they believe they can while still giving themselves a fair chance to sell out every game. Below is a link to the Jets' new-stadium seating chart:

http://www.2010nyjets.com/seating-chart.html?ecid=061110_price_cut_fc

---Mark Gaughan

Bills sell out 2, close to 3rd

The Buffalo Bills have sold out their season-opening game against Miami and a midseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Their second home game, against the New York Jets, has only limited seats remaining.

The Bills' individual-game ticket sales to the general public just went on sale today. Bills season ticket holders had the chance to buy individual-game seats and group packages starting last month, which decreased the inventory for the most popular games on the schedule.

The Bills have seven regular-season games and one preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium this year. They have one preseason game and one regular-season game (against Chicago on Nov. 7) in Toronto.

The quick sellouts are good news for the team given the fact the Bills have failed to make the playoffs for 10 straight seasons and the fact they raised ticket prices this year. The Bills raised prices, on average, 15.5 percent for season tickets over last year. Tickets along the sidelines increased $10 a game. The Bills' average price went from $51.24 to $59.19. However, that still gives the Bills the third-lowest ticket prices in the 32-team NFL.

---Mark Gaughan

The Boss

This doesn't qualify as a football post, but we can't resist in the wake of the death today of Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who returned that franchise to greatness. Miami Herald writer Jeff Darlington twittered a comment made in the past by Dolphins vice president of media relations Harvey Greene, who worked for the Yankees in the early '80s. "The phone would ring in the middle of the night, and you knew it was either Mr. Steinbrenner or a death in the family. After a while, you started to root for a death in the family." They didn't call him The Boss for nothing.

---Mark Gaughan

SD won't miss Jackson

San Diego will be without star receiver Vincent Jackson for the first three games due to his suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. ... It should not make any difference for the loaded Bolts. San Diego will enter 2010 as the favorite to win home-field advantage in the AFC. The Chargers play in the weakest division in the AFC and have a favorable schedule crossover this year - with the NFC West, which is the weakest division in the NFC. San Diego's schedule is ranked 29th in the NFL based on last year's records (which admittedly is only a very rough estimate of the difficulty).

San Diego's first three games are: at Kansas City, home vs. Jacksonville and at Seattle. They will be favored in all three. In fact, San Diego has a fair chance to be 6-0. The next three are home vs. Arizona (a good team that is minus Kurt Warner), at Oakland and at St. Louis. In Week 7 the Bolts play host to New England. The Chargers have won four straight AFC West titles. Count on it being five this year.

---Mark Gaughan

Bills book signing

The Bills will hold an event for the release of a new book, "Bills Football Vault - the first 50 seasons," from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Bills store at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park. The book was written by Scott Pitoniak, who will be on hand, along with Thurman Thomas, Booker Edgerson and Brian Moorman for the signing event. The book is a historical retrospective of the franchise and includes vintage photographs, artwork and pictures of memorabilia that were discovered in the team's archives.

---Mark Gaughan 

Spielman in college hall

Former Bills linebacker Chris Spielman is among 24 men being enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame this year. Spielman, who starred at Ohio State, had a short-lived but memorable tenure with the Bills from 1996-98. The hall's class of 2010 will be featured in a show on ESPN on Saturday. For those who covered the team then, Spielman is one of the all-time favorite Bills. One of many memorable Spielman stories came from Kent Hull, who recalled Spielman's first preseason game with the Bills in '96. Hull walked into the Bills' locker room three hours before the game was to begin. The room was relatively empty. But Spielman was there, in full uniform, all taped up, and with his helmet on, sitting on a stool in front of his locker. Hull said something like, "Chris, what do you think you're doing?" Spielman said, "I'm getting ready to play." Hull said, "Do you realize Marv Levy is coaching this team, and you'll be lucky to play one full series?" Speilman said, "No I'm playing a lot." ... He played a series.

---Mark Gaughan

Big Mike on hold

We've had plenty of posts over the years lamenting the disappointing career of former No. 4 overall Bills pick Mike Williams. Now it appears Williams' career has taken a more serious turn for the worse. The Washington Post reported Williams is expected to miss the 2010 season because of blod clots near his heart. Williams came back from two years out of football to play for Washington last season. He started eight games, including the last four of the season. He was expected to compete with free-agent signee  Artis Hicks for the starting right guard job. Williams, 30, has 56 starts in six NFL seasons.

---Mark Gaughan

LeBatard takes a shot

ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption" took a break from its LeBron James speculation-fest Thursday afternoon to discuss former Bill Terrell Owens … and to take a shot at Buffalo.

Owens went on a national radio station … 104.5 The Zone … to vent about his continued unemployment this offseason.

   He doesn't blame the situation on his subpar stats from his one season with the Bills.

   The culprit, in T.O.'s mind? ESPN.

   "I may do 99 good things right, and if I do one thing wrong ESPN and all the people over there make it out to be the worst thing ever," Owens told the station, as recounted by PTI's Michael Wilbon.

02092009204447_Dan_Le_Batard  Fill-in co-host Dan LeBatard, a Miami Herald columnist, said Owens has been a victim of media "overreaction" and praised the mercurial wide receiver for his good conduct last season.

   "He was good last year, Mike, or at least he was on very good behavior," LeBatard said. "That Bills team wasn't easy to behave on. That city's not easy to behave in. And he behaved himself."

   This prompted Wilbon to ask, "Why is Buffalo not easy to behave in?"

   LeBatard, explaining himself, replied, "Just because you're losing and angry and there's nothing to do and you sob on the end of your bed at night."

   Hey, Dan, before I go cry myself to sleep at the foot of my bed tonight, I just wanted to say this: Go choke on a stone crab claw.

-- Stephen T. Watson

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