How NY Jets fans can enjoy football without going to the game

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There are still plenty of ways for fans to enjoy NY Jets football this year even without attending games.

From missed draft picks to losing seasons, NY Jets fans are used to bad news and disappointment.

So there is no point in sugarcoating the situation. If you’re a Jets fan who was planning on attending a game this upcoming season, you will probably need to come up with alternative plans.

Because of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Jets and Giants organizations announced today that they will be playing this season without fans present until further notice.

While the news is undoubtedly disappointing, it is necessary in order to comply with state mandates and to help manage the public health crisis of COVID-19.

The good news is that, as of this writing, there are no plans to cancel the NFL season. As long as everyone behaves responsibly and does their part, hopefully, the pandemic will be under control enough to have football this year.

If the Jets do end up playing football this season, there are many ways that fans can enjoy the games even though they cannot watch in-person.

In order to enjoy this NFL season to the fullest, consider the following tips.

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Make sure you have a way to watch NY Jets games at home

At first glance, this seems like a no-brainer. After all, it’s impossible to enjoy a game you can’t watch.

However, the circumstances this season could be very different. In addition to MetLife Stadium being closed to fans, it’s impossible to know for sure if bars/restaurants will be open this fall.

As a result, Jets fans should start reviewing the TV schedule now to ensure they will have access to the networks covering the games.

Fans in select parts of New York and New Jersey should be able to watch most of the Jets games on local channels. For out-of-market fans, this is the year to seriously consider splurging on the fancy satellite package.

Find new and creative ways to connect with your fellow NY Jets fans

Barring the rapid development of a vaccine, it is almost certain that people will still need to practice social distancing in the fall.

Connecting with other Jets fans at the game or the local bar may not be options this season, so fans will have to find different ways to socialize with each other.

Although it is not the same as socializing in-person, there are countless ways for Jets fans to discuss the team with each other online. There are Facebook groups, Twitter accounts, and even a subreddit devoted to NY Jets football.

How many games will the Jets win this season? Is this the year that Sam Darnold takes a big leap forward? Will the team ever make the playoffs with Adam Gase at the helm?

No one really knows what is going to happen, but it certainly is fun to vent your opinion online. Get out there and start typing.

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Treat yourself

Let’s be honest. This has been a hard year for everyone. Between political strife, economic uncertainty, and a rising death toll from the pandemic, everyone is stressed and struggling in one way or another.

Sports cannot solve the world’s problems, but they offer a great way to escape from them. Even if you can’t go to Jets games in person this year, find ways to really celebrate the season.

Trade out domestic beer for the fancy imports. Buy that new grill. Upgrade your TV.

Assuming you can afford it, this is the year to treat yourself and to make the best of a bad situation.

Bottom Line

Make no mistake. Football isn’t the same without stadiums packed full of fans, and it will be a bizarre year for the Jets (assuming we even get a season).

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But with a little planning and the right attitude, Jets fans can still have a lot to look forward to this season.