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Roger Goodell discusses empty seats at New Meadowlands Stadium

I asked NFL commish Roger Goodell Monday - after the Giants' opener and before the Jets' - whether he is concerned about seeing empty club seats at New Meadowlands Stadium.

Here is what he said:

"You’d love to see full stadiums, but I do think we need to recognize what’s going on in our environment. It’s a challenging time out there. Our fans are feeling it. Our business partners are feeling it, and we have to work harder. It’s harder to sell in this kid of environment."

Here is what he said about ticket sales being down in general:

"I think a tremendous amount is economy-driven. We’re seeing with our fans it’s harder for them to make a long-term commitment. Season ticket sales are down, roughly 5 percent . . . The uncertainty they're feeliing in their own situations can affect, 'Am I going to continue to have a job? Am I going to be able to pay for that? Is that my priority?'

"We’re not seeing it as any reduction in the passion for football."

I also asked Goodell whether the attention the Jets are getting is good for the NFL.

Here is what he said:

"I think every team creates their own identity, and the Jets certainly have created an identity and that’s a good thing. It’s a good thing for the fans and a good thing for the NFL."

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