Why New Jersey Should Demand the Giants, Jets and Red Bulls be called NJ
This post came about because someone had commented on the New Jersey Freezes $10 million in Cultural Grants article and I felt that my reply was important enough to bear repeating in its own article.
What a bogus argument from someone who never let facts get in the way of a rant. Sports Franchises are named after CITIES, not States (O.K. rare exceptions the New England Patriots and the old California Angels who are now LAA). New Jersey is STILL getting all the revenue from these teams, thatâ€™s why they buit these stadiums to keep them in Jersey. New York doesnâ€™t get a royalty because a team whould rather be known as the New York XXX rather than the Secacus XXX.
Typical NJ inferiority Complex
First let me say that being recognized for the many things that happen and take place in OUR state, has nothing to do with some inferiority complex – we have nothing to feel inferior about.Â We as New Jerseyans do have a right to receive the credit for having great things in OUR state, just as New York or anywhere else has a right to be proud and take credit for what happens WITHIN THEIR borders.Â What happens in New Jersey is New JERSEY – NOTÂ New York,Â NOT Philadelphia.
Second â€“ I love how the person says â€“ â€œSports teams are named after CITIES, not Statesâ€ â€“ then lists two exceptions. Of course they left out both the New Jersey Nets and the THREE time Stanley Cup champions – the New Jersey Devils (Please remind me what placeÂ theÂ Rangers and Islanders are in again???).Â He also seems to ignore the fact that if the Nets move to Brooklyn â€“ they arenâ€™t going to carry a cityâ€™s name â€“ they are going to carry a borough name and be called the Brooklyn Nets. Brooklyn is no longer a city and hasnâ€™t been for 100 years. Just because in GENERAL sports teams carry a cityâ€™s name, doesnâ€™t mean they have to.Â That being said, NO OTHER state, other than those who host the DC teams, have teams who claim to play for a city outside their home state.
As for getting revenue from the teams â€“ in general sports teams cost more than the revenue they generate. What sports teams do is bring notoriety to a state or city. While corporations spend 100â€™s of millions of dollars to get their name on a stadium to sponsor, what do you think is the effect of having a city or state name on the teams uniform. What do you think is the affect when the Giants do their press conference and the backdrop is coverd with â€œNYâ€? What about when the announcers say New York this or New York that or when they list the game as â€œso and so at New Yorkâ€ â€“ that is publicity and free advertising for the city. It instills a certain image of a place to people.Â Read â€“ Major League Losers: The Real Cost Of Sports And Whoâ€™s Paying For It
When people wear a Giants jersey or hat or shirt, and it has “NY” on it â€“Â everyone says â€œNew Yorkâ€ â€“ theyâ€™re walking billboards for New York. Yeah â€“ itâ€™s the logo for the Giants â€“ but what comes to mind first is NY. It is even MORE powerful when the team wins the Super Bowl like the Giants did. When a team is a winning team with a extremely popular sport, it brings even more prestige.Â It is free adverting which helps tourism and garner respect for the location. When it comes to the Giants, Jets and Red Bulls, New York benefits from this, not New Jersey.
New Jersey lost the financial benefit to hosting these teams with the sweet heart deal Codey gave them. While acting governor, Codey negotiated the deal with the Giants and forgave them 100â€™s of millions of dollars in back payments to the old Giants Stadium and many other deals that basically counteract the revenue that the state gets by hosting the teams, this is true for most cities/states that build stadiums to attract teams. Codey sold New Jersey out in his deal with the Giants for their new stadium.
Look at the fiasco that Florham Park went through with the Jets Headquarters and practice field.Â New Jersey bought themÂ the land withÂ OUR tax money and then the town gave them all these tax breaks.Â Local businesses and restaurants were expecting the players, coaches, etc to be coming in for lunch and dinner and spending money in the town during the practice season and what do the Jets do?Â They turn around and basically give Florham Park the one finger thank you and go practice in New York state! Then of course we have the Red Bulls with the $160 million ofÂ New Jersey tax money that went to fund the building of their stadium in Harrison – all the while they proudly call themselves New York and stick their nose up at New Jersey.Â When it comes to these teams – our money is good – just not our name. In terms of theÂ Giants and Jets stadium deal – yeahÂ they’re paying for the stadium, but as I stated, Codey forgave them in back lease payments they owed the state on their old stadium, not to mention itâ€™s New Jersey that is footing the bill for all the improvements to transportation, etc.
Contrary to what you think, this issue of team names has nothing to do with some inferiority complex â€“ it has everything to do with getting credit and recognition for what New JERSEY has. It also doesnâ€™t stop there. When Earth Day had those world wide major concerts, the one New JERSEY hosted in the Meadowlands was marketed as New York. They even went so far as to promote the Meadowlands on their website as Meadowlands NY. American Idol had the so-called New York auditions in New Jersey at the Meadowlands â€“ but marketed as the New York Auditions and even made a New Jersey contestant pretend to the TV audience that she had to get to New York to attend. When Sean Hannity promotes his Freedom Concert that takes place at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson NJ, he promotes it as New York. I knew someone who attended this year and they were outraged that when he came on stage he said â€“ â€œHello New Yorkâ€ â€“ she said people yelled back â€“ â€œyouâ€™re in New Jerseyâ€. His response and so many ignorant people is â€“ â€œNew York? New Jersey? Same thingâ€ . Great Adventure is 60 miles south of New York.
New Jersey and New York arenâ€™t the same â€“ and we have a right and responsibility as citizens of OUR state to make sure that it gets promoted. The person can say that my complaining about OUR teams promoting themselves as some foreign city it is because of some perceived inferiority complex, but I would like to see New York host things and have it marketed as being held somewhere else. You would never see it happen though, because they wouldn’t stand for it.
For whatever reason – the person who made the statement above seems to think that we should just accept so much that is New Jersey being referred to as New York, while we continue to get portrayed by the media with such things as the MTV Jersey Shore show.Â I don’t accept that – nor do I think New Jerseyans should accept it.Â We have a right to be proud of what we have and we shouldn’t let anyplace else take the credit for those things. People are very willing to make fun and ridicule New Jersey -Â but as soon as a New Jerseyan stands up – there is some out of stater – most often a New Yorker – trying to silence us.Â Talk about an inferiority complex – not only does New York want to convince the world that they are the greatest and everyone should “love NY”, they also go out of their way to take credit for so many of the great things that happen in New Jersey.