There are literally no benefits, unless you're Jerry Richardson. It greatly benefits him, mainly his wallet. You have to pay the thousands of dollars for the PSL (for every individual seat) plus the normal price for season tickets. Then you buy season tickets every single year thereafter. And you have to buy season tickets every single year or they take away your PSL and sell it to someone else, and you lose all of that money. You pay a ridiculous amount of money to feel entitled and feel special and walk around saying "I'm a PSL owner!" About the only benefit I see is being able to keep the exact same seat every year, but that's also a negative. If you just buy season tickets you can switch up sections every year and view the stadium from different angles.
Why anyone would pay throw away all that money for nothing is beyond me. And it's not like the tickets will ever become UNC-Duke @ Cameron levels of expensive and hard to get. There will always be seats reserved for season tickets and individual purchase. You'll always be able to get in the stadium anytime you please.
Don't let them tell you "well when the team wins a Super Bowl and tickets are 500% face value it'll be worth it." No it won't. It all evens out because you're still having to buy all those tickets when the team is 2-14 and the laughing stock of the league.
My dad bought a pair of PSLs in '95. He paid nearly $20k for 2 PSLs and has paid fill price for season tickets (full price for all preseason games also) for 20 years now. All those losing seasons, '01 1-15 & '10 2-14 teams that were unwatchable included, and he still had to fork over the money just to keep from losing his PSLs. Whereas I didn't buy PSLs, and I've never even bought season tickets because you have to pay full price for 2 preseason games. I've been to all but 5 games in Charlotte since '96. And I didn't have to buy PSLs or season tickets. Yeah, last year and this year I'll be paying a bit over face value, but all those years the team sucked I either got tickets for a fraction of the cost, and a lot of times people just gave them to me. I've sat in about every upper and lower level section and seen the stadium from all angles. Whereas my father has paid out of his ass every year and sees the games from the same seat every year.
Don't be a sucker.
I've been a PSL owner since the beginning (first wave), and I respectfully disagree with you.
Fans can help celebrate the kickoff to the Panthers season at the annual “Back to Football Kickoff Party” on Saturday July 26. The event is free and open to the public. Fans can enjoy interactive activities, sponsor attractions and some of Spartanburg’s most popular food vendors. In-stadium entertainment will include performances by the TopCats cheerleaders, PurrCussion drum line and the Panthers Black & Blue Crew, as well as the ceremonial Mayors’ Ball Run delivery. The highlight of the evening will feature the 2013 NFC South Champion Carolina Panthers in their opening night training camp practice at Wofford College. It’s a great opportunity to get close to the action and see your favorite Panthers players begin the 2014 season.
SPARTANBURG, S.C.– Every summer since 1995, football fans from all over the country have staked their claim on a grassy hill above Wofford College’s football practice fields in the hopes of seeing stars.
This summer, for the 20th time, those fans – many now very seasoned in their fandom and bringing along a new generation – will flock to the campus to see a well-seasoned football team, the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. It’s a team that went from an expansion franchise awarded in 1993 and playing its first season in 1995 at Clemson’s Death Valley, to playing in Super Bowl XXXVIII in the 2003 campaign, to a two-decades-old team that boasts fans from around the world.
Without Jerry Richardson, a 1959 Wofford graduate and member of the board of trustees, none of it would be possible.
On Monday, May 12, the Wofford Board of Trustees honored Richardson, the only NFL owner to have played in the league, and recognized the upcoming 20th anniversary of summer training camp on the campus by dedicating a sculpture of Richardson. The sculpture, created by noted California artist Todd Andrews, stands on the patio of the Harley Room in the Richardson Physical Activities Building – depicting Richardson seeming to be ready to walk over to Gibbs Stadium to watch the Terriers – for which he also played – take on the next worthy opponent.
I think the point of the OP is that the chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If someone can get to the airplanes as easily as this 16-year-old did, then no amount of security up front is going to do any good whatsoever. (I think the OP wasn't saying TSA failed in its job to secure the perimeter.)
When is the last time you saw a heterosexual player hold a news conference to tell everyone he is heterosexual?
They don't have to ... they are able to exhibit their heterosexual "lifestyle" through their everyday lives. Being seen out and about with their women, holding hands, kissing, etc. The same cannot be true of a homosexual player who isn't "out."
LP did you ever play high school or college football or basketball on a men's team?
I'm absolutely certain there were lesbians in my junior high and high school gym classes, therefore in the locker room when I was changing my clothes and ... oh, my gosh ... NAKED in front of them. Never worried me at all. Didn't fear they would turn me into a lesbian. Never worried that they were "eye fugging me" (whatever that is). Never intimidated me at all.
It's so sad that there are so many insecure, homophobic men out there, and on this board.
Yeah but they're not being seen naked by men. A little of it is to be expected, but not to that extent. I have no problem with people that are gay. Get married, have the same rights, and live a long happy life. Just don't look at me naked.
IGay people don't have this magical switch where they can be attracted or not to guys they work with. If you're gay and you're not looking at the best athletes in the world then your not gay and we're not even having this conversation.
In the same way that you aren't attracted to all women, gay men are not attracted to all men. And if these men who are naked in the locker room don't think they've been seen by another (closeted) gay man before, they are dead wrong.
(And I don't think there's much of a difference between objectifying a clothed person or a naked person -- objectification is objectification, period.)
The reality is dudes see you naked in the locker room, it's a physical sport, and a lot happens under the pile. Just because I don't care if they legalize gay marriage doesn't mean I should have to feel objectified at my work place.
It's not phobic if it's reality.
It's like a dude playing girls basketball, using the same locker room and everything. It's essentially the same thing if someone's gay.
Women are objectified at work (and elsewhere) constantly by men .... wtf are you talking about?
If it is biological then having a brain that mutated would explain what you are talking about. There is a disorder and when I say dis I mean out of the ordinary. The average person isn't gay just like the average person doesn't have 2 thumbs, so if being gay is a disorder than that person has a mental or hormonal imbalances. If it's mental then test needs to be done to figure out how to tell the signs at birth so parents will know how to give their children the right treatment to cure the mental imbalance.
However if it is hormonal then there can be testoterone and estrogen shots that can be given to bring that balance back in place. If it's neither then it is a lifestyle and choice and they will they chose to carry on with daily life.
Let me be the first (as far as I've read) to say this ... you are a full-of-poo idiot.