Somewhere in Dallas in a gold-encrusted ivory tower, Jerry Jones is paying a warehouse full of youths $8 an hour to create burners and tweet things like:
“The pandemic is a hoax, LET FANS IN” and “Goodell’s a pansy” and “If we die, we die.”
The sad part is, you can’t even blame the old bag.
Because without fans under his 60-yard video screen at AT&T Stadium, his franchise will lose $77 million PER game, or $616 million over eight home games.
Per game stadium revenue loss without fans in attendance (@Forbes):
1. Dallas Cowboys – $77M
2. New England Patriots – $39M
3. New York Giants – $32M
4. Houston Texans – $27M
5. New York Jets – $27M
This accounts for tickets, concessions, sponsors, parking and merchandise.
— Joe Pompliano (@JoePompliano) September 15, 2020
Back in May, Forbes reported that the NFL would lose an estimated $5.5 billion of stadium revenue—38% of total revenue—with the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots set to lose over half their total revenue while the Bills, Titans and Bengals would lose less than one-third.
The Bengals are like: “We haven’t won a playoff game in 30 years and our uniforms are the fashion equivalent of a grown-man rat tail. We’re built for this recession.”
These numbers are not good news for players either, who would lose out on the allocated 47% of football-related income per the new collective bargaining agreement signed in March.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 16, 2020
For week 1 of the NFL season, the Chiefs and Jaguars were the only teams allowed to host fans (between 16,000-17,000) in stadiums.
In the next couple of weeks, seven other home teams have announced their plans to allow NFL fans in the stands.
- Cincinnati Bengals (no fans for home opener; will host 6,000 fans for following two home games)
- Cleveland Browns (max of 6,789 fans for first two home games)
- Dallas Cowboys (fans allowed but no set number provided)
- Denver Broncos (no fans for home opener; will host 5,700 for second home game Sept. 27)
- Indianapolis Colts (max of 2,500 fans)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (max of 16,791 fans)
- Kansas City Chiefs (max of 16,046 fans)
- Miami Dolphins (max of 13,000 fans)
Hang in there, Jerry. You’re 77 years old and worth $8.5 billion. You can literally do whatever you want for the rest of time.
It’s me that’s suffering.